Running in South Florida during the winter can be the worst and the best thing for a runner. For seasoned runners, it can be a relief for the temperatures to drop a little but the weather can be very unpredictable.
Running early in the morning or in the early evening is still a good tip to beat the blazing sun of Florida. An easy 20-minute run in the morning can turn into a hellish run if ran in the afternoon.
With the weather fluctuating between the mid-80’s and the mid-60’s, it’s important to be prepared before going out on a run. Stretching is still part of the routine before a run, but warming up when it’s cooler out becomes more crucial.
A runner’s body has to adjust to the change in temperature and loosen up in the colder weather. Just as stretching matters, hydrating is still a key factor.
It’s easy to get caught up in the cool breeze and sun shining through palm trees, but the body can still get dehydrated in cool weather. No special sports drinks are necessary, water always gets the job done.
With weather that can change at the drop of a hat, even with daily predictions, it’s good to have a couple of light layers on hand. A long sleeve dry-wicking shirt can be wrapped around the waist when the sun starting beaming and baseball caps can protect against the sun and rain.
No matter what the weather is in South Florida, any runner can enjoy the scenery with a little preparation. Last but not least, runners can’t forget to just have fun.