Tips for Running in the Rain
There are two kinds of people in regard to rainy days. One category is made up of those among us who are the Carpenters, and “Rainy Days and Mondays” aren’t good things. The other group are the Eddie Rabbits, those who can proudly proclaim, “I Love a Rainy Night.” Personally, I tend to lean toward the rain-loving crowd, though there are some exceptions to that notion. I don’t, for example, like being in a car on an interstate when rain is gushing down so harshly that the road isn’t very visible. But to just sit in the house or on the front porch and watch the rain come down, or play in the backyard on good-temperature rainy days with the nieces? I’m a fan!
Overall though, there’s a societal hesitance about going out into the rain that I think a number of people suffer from, and it’s pretty easy to spot. I honestly don’t know how many times I’ve heard the insult that someone doesn’t have enough sense to come in out of the rain, which is a good piece of evidence to prove my point. Why would being in the rain mean you’re not intelligent? It’s just rain! Being in it can be lovely!
That rationale gives reason as to why you shouldn’t let rain hold you back from your running! It might be in your nature to shy away from a run on these kinds of days in favor of staying indoors with Netflix and coffee, but there’s no real reason why you have to react that way. Running in that kind of weather is not only okay, but it’s kind of refreshing. You have a constant source of water falling on you to cool you down and rejuvenate you, and for me, that sounds appealing when pushing through the tiring and sweaty practice of running. I’m not alone in that belief either. One source commented that “[a]t 60 degrees and above, rain is a refreshing break from the heat.”
If you choose to go ahead with your run on a rainy day though, there are some tips to keep in mind that can provide you with a safer, more comfortable experience, one that will stand out from all of the dry-day runs you have on most other days. For instance:
- Wear bright clothes, even something as bright as neon running tights. This is not a tip to take lightly! Just as rain can impair your vision when you’re driving on the interstate, the drivers of any vehicles around your running track might not be able to see as well as they would on a clearer, sunnier day. This is bad since if they can’t see you, the odds that they’ll hit you could increase. Combat that detail by wearing some of your most noticeable running gear to assist every nearby driver in spotting you to prevent a horrible—potentially fatal—accident. It’s like night running in that regard. Make sure drivers can see you!
- In addition to wearing bright clothes, wear sensible ones for the run. Moisture wicking clothes are good ideas for running since they can prevent chafing and blisters. These can be found through general Internet searches, so they shouldn’t be hard to come by. Sure, they are fairly direct in their purpose, so you might not wear them as much as you wear your other clothing. But if they can make your after-run experience better, they could be worth buying. Jackets can also be good companions for your run, like one with a lightweight, waterproof shell that’s built to keep you dry in rain, as can something as mundane as a hat to maintain clearer vision.
- Be picky about your running shoes. As one source pointed out, this isn’t the time to break out the old running shoes just because you don’t want to ruin your new ones by a rainy run. Basically, “[i]f the shoes aren’t good enough to wear when it’s dry, don’t wear them when it rains.” The ground will already be slick because it’s wet, so it’s highly recommended that your shoes be in good enough shape to keep you standing. If your shoes are so worn, for instance, that the bottoms of them are smooth, don’t wear them! Make sure there are enough grooves and ridges still intact on each shoe to give you better traction as you run. Just like your tires will slide on ice after too many miles and wear, your shoes could send you sliding on a wet road!
- Select your running trail wisely. Certain areas could rationally be slicker than others, even on or near a road, but there are other, less-obvious concerns that might be more territory-specific for you. As an example, I live in an area that’s prone to falling rocks and mountain slides, so going for a jog in a downpour would be particularly hazardous on a hiking trail or too close to a mountainside. To avoid injury, or worse, it’s logical to run somewhere on flatter ground in my neck of the woods! Keep your location in mind in like manner, and choose wisely for your area!
- If you’re the type of runner who runs with electronics, be sure to keep them dry if you want to continue using them after that rainy-day run. And, again, the mundane can assist you in this since by placing electronics in a plastic bag. There are more advanced options, but when pressed, a Ziploc bag could do the trick! Whatever the method though, keep those electronics dry for continued use!
And last but not least, remember that if the weather is too bad—a thunderstorm, winds that are too fierce, or rain so heavy that you just can’t deal with it—it’s okay sometimes to tend to your running indoors. It’s also okay if you don’t own the right equipment to do so and can’t get to a gym on those days to change your workout time to avoid the rain or to substitute your workout for something else that day. Maybe try yoga, tai chi, or an aerobics video. The variation won’t ruin your running potential for one bad-weather day!
See? The rain doesn’t have to stop you!