Running in the Rain
As winter turned to spring, we have experienced a lot of confusing weather. One day it’s 70 and sunny, and the next it’s freezing snow or rain. This can be a bit frustrating if you are trying to stick to a running plan, especially if you don’t have access to a treadmill! Here are a few tips for running in the rain:
Wear a hat
One of the most difficult parts of running in the rain is that it often blocks your vision. Baseball hats or any hat with a brim are great for shielding your eyes and helping keep your head and face dry!
Wear Waterproof Gear
Obviously wearing waterproof gear is a smart move when running in the rain. This one is common sense. Don’t have any fancy waterproof running gear? Opt for a trash bag to cover up!
Layer up if it’s cold
If it’s cold out, layering up is always a great option. However, don’t layer up just because of the rain. Your clothes are going to get wet either way, so if it’s not a particularly cold day, don’t feel like you need the extra layers just because of the rain.
Wear older shoes
Obviously, your shoes are going to get wet and maybe even muddy if you are going for a run in the rain. If you just got a fresh new pair of shoes, I would advise against wearing them for a rainy run!
Watch Your Step
Naturally, with rain comes puddles. Watch your step when you are running in the rain because:
a) you don’t want your shoes to become more soaked than they have to, and b) some puddles may be deeper than they appear, and could be concealing a big pothole perfect for twisting an ankle!
Think of it as a Mental Challenge
Personally, I love running in the rain. It brings me back to one of my favorite track meets in high school. There’s just a certain intensity that comes with running in the rain. If you think about it as a mental challenge that’s only going to make you more tough, it can make the run more fun and intense!
Take the First Step
The hardest part about going for a run in the rain is arguably just getting yourself out the door. Once you’ve gotten yourself going, you’ll forget that it was even raining in the first place. Just take that first step out the door and go for it; you’ll be glad you did!
–Sour Fish Events