There was finally a break in the thunderstorms here which means I can get outside for a run again. I thought I'd record a quick video for my tips for running in the rain.
Be sure to comment below with any tips I forgot...
(there is summary below for those who can't watch right now)
Ok I know not everyone prefers video so here is a quick summary of the tips I cover.
1. Just Do It
Yes running in the rain can be a pain, but so is running a full marathon (or longer). You need to build up your mental game just as much as your muscles. Running with a little extra hardship can help build those mental muscles.
2. Be Smart - Not in Serious Storms
We're talking about rain here. Don't go out in thunderstorms, hail, tornadoes (I know at least one of you is crazy enough, but seriously don't do it).
3. Wear Older Shoes
They are going to get soaked, so if this isn't a race and just a training run...wear your older pair. You won't care what happens to them and then your "good" pair will be dry and ready to go when the time comes. I certainly did not wear the new pair I told you about a couple weeks ago.
4. Wear a Hat
Water hitting your face is a beating (literally). Plus you kinda need to be able to see. A hat with a brim or sunglasses are a must. I prefer a hat because after the rain gets on your glasses it's hard to see.
5. Dress in Layers
You want to stay as dry as possible. So dress in breathable layers with a light weight shell on top.
6. But Don't Overdo It
Seriously...don't go crazy with the layers though. You will still get hot, especially if it's still above 60. Be smart, wear layers, but don't act like its 30 degrees cooler than it really is.
7. Protect Your Electronics
This should be obvious, but cell phones and GPS watches tend to not like the rain. Just leave them at home or put them in a water proof bag. If it's raining hard or you are going to be out for a long run consider a zip lock bag inside of your running belt.
8. Be Visible
It's harder for drivers to see you in the rain...make sure you wear bright clothes and consider bringing a light or use our light up running belt :)
9. Watch Your Step
Pay attention! There are puddles and slippery places out there. You need to pay more attention to where you are stepping.
10. DRY YOUR SHOES
After the run put your shoes somewhere to dry and make sure they are dry before you try to run in them again. (this really is important)
11. Don't Forget the Water
Don't make the mistake I did on this run. Just because it's raining doesn't mean you don't need water. Especially if it's still warm out. Hot and humid and no water is not fun.
Anyway stay safe out there and have fun.
What did I forget? Let me know in the comments below.
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