This time of year in the Northeast, everyday is a surprise when it comes to weather. Runners have to shift between winter and spring apparel and break out rain gear in the blink of an eye. Our friends at soundRUNNER in Glastonbury have some important all-weather tips that many of us aren't thinking about until summer - eye protection.
Eyewear essentials from soundRUNNER:
One thing that many people forget about this time of year is the importance of eye protection. While we're still gaining hours of daylight, when you manage to get out before the sun is gone for the day, your eyes can actually take more damage than during your average summer time run. This surprising fact is due to the extra water glistening on the roads that seem to perpetually be flowing.
That is why it's important to always have sunglasses at the ready during all seasons. On top of being sure to wear sunglasses, Polarized options are especially helpful when you have excessive light coming at you from multiple angles, as shown below.
The downside of Polarized is that these types of lenses do poorly with depth perception, making them slightly worse for trails or places with treacherous terrain.
Some companies, like Tifosi, make options with interchangeable lenses or different levels of light transmission to try to help accommodate any situation you could find yourself in. They even have lenses that automatically adjust to how bright it is out.
Take care of your eyes at all times of the year. Even through winter it is very important to have eye wear in mind!