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Running Around Washington, PAAt this time of year, running and weather do not always mix well. The best intentions can be dampened by a day of nasty conditions. The 14th Annual Just a Short Run, benefiting The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, is coming up March 29, 2014 in Allison Park, PA. Even though spring is around the corner, the day could be chilly, so we’ve got some tips to help keep you and your feet safe while you train and on race day.

You may think that running in warmer weather is ideal, but research by the Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine and Tom Holland, the author of “The Marathon Method,” has found that running in colder temperatures could actually be better. Hot and humid weather can take a toll on the body. It is easier to run when there is less heat stress. This is why you will often find marathons scheduled in the fall when the air is cooler.

When it is really cold out, though, there are some safety tips to keep in mind whether training or racing. The first is to dress warmly but avoid too many layers. You want to be able to move freely, and too much warmth could cause you to sweat excessively, which could then cause you to feel chilled. Wear a lightweight, moisture-wicking base layer top, a running jacket that will keep the wind out, gloves, a hat, and even a baklava to protect your face in harsh conditions. Second, take the time to warm up properly, as muscles take a bit longer to warm up when it’s cold.

What you have on your feet is important as well, to avoid an injury such as frostbite. Runners often wear an ultra-thin liner sock that wicks away moisture underneath a wool-type sock that provides cushioning and warmth. Shoes should be large enough to accommodate the socks you wear and be made of waterproof/windproof material. When feet are cold and wet, it doesn’t take long before toes can be at risk for frostbite.

If you are in need of treatment for foot pain or have further questions about staying safe on the road, contact Dr. Philip Pinsker for help. Call our podiatric office in Washington, PA at (724) 225-7410 to make an appointment today.

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