At first glance, the activities of sailing and running seem so far removed from one another that they just don't belong together. The wide open sea versus narrow trails through the hills. Yet there is a relatively high proportion of those who love to stretch their legs over longer distances. If you're one of them, our tips for running in Croatia are just for you.
Everything is great on a yacht, that's for sure. But sometimes even a sailor through and through longs for an opportunity to change the course of their vacation, place their feet upon the treacherous solid ground and admire their hobby at a distance so that they can return to it again later. One of the most best complementary activities is undoubtedly running. And the Croatian coastline, where the air is filled with the scent of pine, is the perfect setting for it.
RUN & SAIL!
Before we set out on an adventure in the spirit of Run & Sail, it is good to prepare properly and thoroughly. Running in Croatia has its specifics.
You're likely to experience yachting in Croatia over the summer months, when temperatures peak and this can cause problems. You need to take into account how much your body is used to exercising at higher temperatures, but in general there are certain rules that are applicable to everyone.
Water above all
It is best to run early in the morning, when the sun hasn't had a chance to heat the roads and stones to such a level that stopping could bake the soles of your running shoes. Running in the evening also has its charm, but keep in mind that the surrounding countryside throughout the day accumulates heat, which only dissipates slowly.
TIP: Do not underestimate fluid loss. Especially when the effort is more than moderate, you can easily lose four litres per hour in the heat!
Always take plenty of water with you - both for drinking and for cooling your head and neck. They have a good policy in the Arizona desert that you can apply to Croatia in summer as well: Find out how much water you need - and then take five times as much!
Protect yourself from overheating
Another difficulty that the sun brings is from its direct rays. Sunscreen is probably the first option we think of. However, not all creams are compatible with the increased amount of sweating during physical exertion. It's worth trying out long sleeves and trousers. Today, there are special running sleeves made of materials that help cool the body. This will protect you from harmful ultraviolet radiation, and provide additional help with thermoregulation.