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by Alana Ferrari

Tips for Running in the Great Mud Season

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This time of year, you’ll see the die-hards running up, down, and over snow banks, around puddles as wide as the street, and even in the most outrageous of weather. Many of those runners are training for our very own Boston Marathon. Whether you are training for the greatest marathon on earth or are just trying to take an easy 2 mile jog, here are some tips for running around Boston in the New England Mud Season, otherwise known as March.

Plan ahead

We all have our favorite routes no doubt, but maybe you could consider the weather and road conditions, and plan out alternative running routes to avoid some aggravations and dangerous situations. Maybe that 10K that takes you through city streets and over-crowded sidewalks is passed up for a short ride to Memorial Drive where you park and run along the Charles.

Material matters

Wicking material is great for inclement weather, and it’s so thin that layering is a breeze. Even if it’s not raining, sleeting, or snowing, you could find yourself wet from puddle splashes and snow bank melts, as well as unexpected perspiration due to temperature fluctuations. From socks to hats, choose the right material this season.

Light it up

While the snow banks are melting, it is still difficult for drivers to see you. Even when the snow finally goes away (and we swear it will!), there’s still so much salt and sand left on the roads that it makes for slippery conditions and skidded stops. Wear head lamps, chest, ankle, and wrist reflectors, and flashing lights on your person – especially in the morning and dusk hours.

Kicks dryer!

A simple electric shoe dryer can quickly become something that you can’t live without. Use a Peet Shoe Dryer and for under $40 your shoes are dry in less than an hour, even if soaked! A quick dry also means better success rates for keeping fungus out of the shoe and off of your feet!

Groups

As a school of fish congregates to appear bigger and more powerful, so should our New England runners. With as many obstacles still out there in our landscape, running in twos or small groups will help drivers see you and slow down for safety.

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