8 Tips for Running in the Rain
Running in the rain is something people either love or hate. I’m currently training for my third half-marathon, and have noticed that I am less motivated to get there because of Minnesota’s longest winter and rainy season. My willingness to run outside in the wet or cold is nonexistent. It may sound like I am waiting for the perfect weather to run outside, but given the fact that we live in Minnesota, I may be waiting for a long, long time.
Since my half-marathon is coming up, I need to stop waiting for the perfect weather. I need to start putting in longer distances which I am not keen on doing on the treadmill.
Recently I Googled “how to run in the rain”. I needed some tips and reassurance that I will not melt. Since races are hardly ever canceled due to rain, this is an important skill to learn. Matter of fact, training outside in all conditions is useful and beneficial.
Below are some helpful hints I found on making our not ideal rainy weather bearable for runners of all skill levels. I hope you notice how basic the tips are, and I also hope it motivates you to get out there and run when the conditions are less than ideal.
Tips for Running in the Rain
- Wear a Hat with a Brim: Ever wished glasses had windshield wipers? Since that is not invented yet, a hat will do. It will keep the rain off your face and help block the wind allowing you to see.
- Dress in Layers: The fabric closest to your body should be a technical fabric such as polypropylene or CoolMax. This helps take in water and sweat away from your skin. If it’s also cold, throw on an outer layer. This should be a wind and water-resistant jacket (a big trash bag can do the trick). However wearing more layers does not mean you will stay dry; it may mean that you will be wearing unnecessary heavy and wet clothes.
- Protect Your Electronics: Store electronics, such as your cell phone and iPod, in a Ziploc bag. Obvious!
- Wear reflective clothing: Wearing reflective material or a lighter-colored shirt will increase your visibility and keep you safe while you run in the rain.
- Lube Up: When you’re wet, things tend to chafe more. As a result, use Vaseline, Body Glide, or other non-chafe cream on places likely to cause friction and rub.
- Be careful: While running be extra careful and watch your footing. Puddles may hide a pothole, and roads gets slick when it is wet.
After You’ve been Running in the Rain
- Dry Out Your Shoes: When you get back from a wet run, take off your running shoes, loosen the laces, take out the insoles, and stuff them with crumpled balls of newspaper. This helps the shoes keep their shape, and the paper draws moisture away from the shoes. Do not put your wet shoes on direct heat! The heat will dry out the materials in the shoes and mess with the shoes integrity.
- Pat yourself on the back: Running in the rain isn’t really fun, especially if it is cold and windy. Be proud of yourself that you rain against your normal element.
What tricks have you learned for running in the rain? Share them below.
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