Rainy weather doesn’t mean you have to train inside. In fact, nowadays, I tend to take full advantage of opportunities to run in the rain. After all, most races are not cancelled because of rain.
I have found sloshing through the wet and wild builds my mental toughness and makes me a stronger athlete. And once I begin running and warm up, I actually enjoy it! Granted dressing for the rain can be tricky but the hardest part is often just getting started. Try these tips to get you going, and enjoy a safe and comfortable run in the rain:
Choose the right gear
• Wear a hat or visor with a brim to keep the rain off your face and out of your eyes.
• If it’s warm and rainy, wear a breathable hat with plenty of venting so you don’t overheat. If it’s cold, rainy, and windy, choose a waterproof cap to keep your head warm and dry.
• In a driving rain, wear a pair of clear glasses to help protect your eyes from getting pelted. A good anti-fog lens cleaner will keep your vision clear in the moisture and humidity.
• Invest in a lightweight, waterproof jacket to stay dry on cold, rainy runs and during other rainy day activities.
• Wicking apparel is key—it pulls moisture away from your skin, which helps prevent blisters and chafing.
• Wear a pair of wicking socks to prevent blisters from developing.
Wearing more layers will not keep you dry. Instead, dress for the temperature, as if it were a dry day.
Running in the rain often means drivers have poor visibility. So select outer layers that are very bright or light-colored and have reflective strips.
Chafing can be much worse if you’re wet from the rain. So take the precaution to prevent this by spreading Vaseline on the parts of your body where you would normally chafe.
Use a garbage bag for races.
Use a trash bag as a rain poncho to effectively keep dry and protected from wind. If it stops raining, it is easy to rip it off and discard.
Watch your step.
To avoid slipping, take small steps, pay attention to your footing and try to avoid stepping in puddles as much as possible.
Change out of wet clothes as soon as possible.
You may feel warm when you first cross the finish line or finish your run, but make sure you change out of your wet clothes immediately.