Part of what can make a holiday season so fun is taking part in the awesome events happening in your community. This year, downtown Houston, TX will be buzzing with people participating in the 3rd Annual Rudolph 5k Fun Run, Dasher 10k and Cupid 1k. Prizes for best-dressed Christmas character, pictures with Santa, yummy treats, and filling the Houston Food Bank shelves will all be a part of this popular event.
The weather during winter in a place like Houston can be hit or miss, but if the temperature drops severely on a race day it is best to be prepared. Stay comfortable by making sure you have on the right type of cooler weather running clothes. Start off with undergarments that are comfortable, breathable and have moisture-wicking qualities. Next, put on a mid-weight base layer shirt made from polyester or merino wool. Find a pair of wicking socks that go up to your knees to keep your calves warm – ski socks are a great choice – and then put on a warm pair of running tights. A soft shell jacket that keeps the wind out is very important, and you might need running gloves and a lightweight hat. If there is an unusual cold spell, a fleece neck warmer would be a nice addition.
Regarding your feet, if you will be running in the elements, make sure your shoes are breathable but water-resistant. Yaktrax are straps you can put on the bottom of your shoes to give more traction in the rare case of icy road conditions. When temperatures drop, your body needs more oxygen and your muscles can tire out quicker than normal. The right gear will keep you warm, comfortable and able to race longer.
If you need foot care in preparation for a big race or are experiencing pain during your training, please contact Dr. Jeff Bowman for help. Call Houston Foot Specialists in Houston, TX at (713) 467-8886 to make an appointment today.