Rain, sunshine, wind, extreme heat and cool temperatures. Three-time Olympian Meb Keflezighi has run through it all. During a question and answer session before the 2013 Houston Half Marathon, Keflezighi shared his best tips for running in tough conditions.
For rainy days, the 2004 marathon Olympic silver medalist suggested that runners wear a hat.
"When you have (a hat) your face is relxed and your whole body is going to be relaxed," Keflezighi said during the question and answer session.
And on windy days, Keflezighi joked that runners should find someone taller to run behind.
Then he gave some more serious advice, suggesting that athletes who are forced to run under windy conditions be more conservative at the beginning of the race.
"In terms of the wind, find someone who's taller?," Keflezighi joked. "Stand right behind them, say 'You know what? You're going to be my pacer today."
He added, a bit more seriously: "(You've) just got to be passive, be more conservative. You'd rather be passive and feel great at the beginning, especially if there's a tailwind at the beginning. You're going to to feel the energy and adrenaline and you're going to be going faster. You just have to be easier because you have that aid of the wind."
Keflezighi, 37, has competed in three Olympic Games. At the 2004 Olympic Games he finished second in the marathon, and at the 2012 Games he finished fourth in the same event.