I’ve been living here in Southern California for 10 months and am just now getting settled in. Being a military family, we have made many moves over the course of Underwater Samurai’s career. I have had the chance to run in different climates and have really noticed how vastly different training here is, as opposed to back East and Mid West. We have a unique climate and if you’re planning a trip, moving here, or racing in SoCal, here are a few things to keep in mind:
Tips for Running in SOCAL
1. Drink more water than you normally would– It is incredibly dry here and that makes your sweat evaporate so quickly you don’t even realize you’re sweating. In reality, though, you are sweating buckets. I always drink plenty of water during the day, and run with water or Nuun, even if I go on a shorter run. Stay Hydrated.
2. Wear Layers– Most mornings are really cool and the temperature rises quickly mid-day. In autumn through spring there are big drops in temps in the morning and evening. I’ve never needed anything more than knee length tights and arm warmers, but if you tend to get cold a thin base layer shirt should keep you covered. I like this one right HERE by Oiselle. In the summer months, wear light, thin shirts with moisture wicking fabric.
3. Be prepared for hills– Most of Coastal Southern California is hilly, get ready to to work your tush off and get in those hill repeats. If you’re racing here, check your elevation map and train occordingly.
4. Be prepared for wind– Depending on the time of year, you may experience what is called “Santa Ana’s” These occur in the winter and autumn. Since California’s geography is very open, arid and free of trees, there is really no escaping it.
5. Beware of Rattlesnakes– If you plan on running trails in the Spring and Summer months, be very mindful of were you step. If you go out in the late morning or afternoon you are very likely to run into a slithering critter. Watch your step!
6. Wear Sunscreen– Do not be fooled by the off shore fog or cool air, the sun is extremely strong here and you will need sunscreen even in the Winter months. It is very exposed and there are few trees and less shade, especially on some of the trails.
7. Wear Bright Clothing, Be on Alert, and Follow the Rules of Road– If you plan to run on the street, get ready for people who drive very fast, are distracted, and often times don’t see you. Also, there are a huge number of bikes on the road, be mindful and move to the side for them. I have had my share of close calls with both cars and bikes.
I have also run in Arizona and feel like many of the above tips also apply to running there. Speaking of Arizona, I will be running a the Women’s Running Series 5K in Scottsdale AZ. November 3, 2013. They also have a half marathon that looks equally amazing. It is an all women event, they have incredible finishers medals, goodie bags, and lots of on course entertainment. You can either run or walk both events. This is my first time running one of their races, but I’ve read some pretty amazing reviews, so I am psyched to be going!
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What tips do you have for running in SoCal?
How about some tips for running in your state?