Tips for running in the rain
Running in the rain doesn’t have to suck. Actually, with the right tips, running in the rain can be exhilarating.
Obviously you shouldn’t run in thunderstorms or hazardous weather conditions, but if it’s raining don’t automatically think you have to skip your run. Embrace the opportunity to get out there, and work on mental fortitude.
At this time, there aren’t a lot of races on the horizon, but during race season I caution athletes against skipping rainy runs. You never know what race day conditions will be, so running in the rain makes you feel ready for less than favorable weather conditions.
Additionally, running during summer rainstorms has the added benefits of reducing the air temperature and sun exposure, which can be a nice break from the scorching sun and super-hot temperatures most of us are experiencing this summer.
Here are my go-to tips for running in the rain and making it enjoyable:
- Use a Ziploc bag for your cell. There are waterproof cases galore, but I have found that a good ole-fashioned Ziploc bag is the way to go. It protects my phone and allows me to see the screen if I need to.
- Wear a hat or visor. I wear a visor for most of my runs, but this is important during rainy runs. The brim of the visor keeps the rain off of my face and doesn’t cloud my vision so that I can see the running pathway.
- Wear older running shoes. However, when choosing an older pair for a rainy run make sure the shoes still have a good tread to ensure that you have a grip on the running surface.
- Wear less. This wouldn’t work for cold, rainy days, but for summer rainstorms, less is definitely more. Women consider this the perfect opportunity to join the sports bra squad. Or wear light, fast-wicking tanks and shorts to avoid water-logged and heavy running gear.
- Avoid puddles. This may seem like common sense, but even the most shallow puddle can soak your shoes. So to minimize the slosh factor, avoid any standing water.
- Protect your skin. If you are prone to chafing, then I suggest body glide or vaseline in those areas and on your feet to help avoid blisters and chafing.
- Prepare for after the run. Before you head out make your transition after the run easier. Leave a towel or robe near the door so you can easily take off the wet clothes. And, charcoal shoe bags or newspaper to stuff into your shoes to help dry them out.
The most important thing to remember when running in the rain is to reframe your mindset around it. Embrace feeling totally badass for following through on a run that may not have been your favorite thing to do.
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