With the warmer days of summer behind, fall is the utmost perfect time for jogs around the Capital. Will you choose to run along the Ottawa River, around the Canal, or upwards to Gatineau Park? (All of which offer stunning scenery). The absence of mosquitos? An added bonus! Before you head out, be sure to avoid these three most common mistakes that fall joggers make.
1. Forgetting to Stay Hydrated
The weather may not make you thirsty, but that doesn’t mean you don’t need water. Its common for joggers to drink less water when the weather gets colder. Don’t forget to drink just as much water as you would on a hot summer’s day.
2. Layering Up
It gets tricky to navigate the right balance of clothing in the fall, when the shade is cold and the sun is hot. But, as a rule of thumb, you should start your run being a little cold. This helps to give your body time to warm up as you run.
3. Forgetting Sunscreen
Summer has ended, but the sun remains just has strong. Even if it doesn’t feel like it, your skin is still being exposed to UV rays for long periods to time when you’re out on your run. So don’t put away the sunscreen just yet; remember to protect your eyes, face and skin just like you would in the summer; wear a hat, and apply sunscreen for optimal protection.