Just like there are night owls and morning people, as well as cat people or dog people, there are people who simply hate rain, and others who are happy when it rains.
If you are a runner who prefers to enjoy the coziness of your home when it is raining outdoors, you may want to reconsider your choice. There are a number of reasons why rain shouldn’t be an obstacle for your running routine.
Here are several tips and reasons which will help you enjoy running in the rain:
- Rain is refreshing and cool. The rain will help your body feel nice and stay away from overheating, especially if you are enjoying a run in the summer rain. The cool water will help rejuvenate you and allow you to stay fresh during your run, without all the sticky sweat you are usually used to.
- Make yourself visible! Of course, you need to take the necessary precautions, especially if it’s “raining cats and dogs” out there. Wear bright colored running clothes and footwear. Even if it is the middle of the day, rain can cause temporary vision impairment in both you and the drivers out there, so make sure that you can be seen from a sufficient distance, especially when running near roads and other traffic.
- Wear sensible running clothes when you are running in the rain. Apart from choosing brightly colored running clothing, you should also make sure that your clothes and running shoes are moisture wicking in order to feel more comfortable during your run, and so as to prevent those nasty and painful blisters and chaffing from the traction of the wet clothes and shoes with your skin. The running clothes should be fewer and close fitting rather than loose and layered if you want to avoid getting thoroughly soaked and feeling miserable during your run. Also, you can wear a light and waterproof-shelled jacket.
- Wear a suitable brimmed hat or visor to help keep the water from splashing directly into your eyes, so that you get a clearer picture of your route and any traffic or objects ahead of you.
- Pay extra attention to your running shoes when heading out for a run in the rain. Don’t wear any brand new shoes which may turn out to need breaking in, but also stay away from your old and worn out running shoes, because you need to have that extra stability when running on a wet surface. Choose running shoes which provide reliable traction to ensure your safety. Don’t worry about ruining your running shoes – all they will need after the run is to be left to dry properly.
- Choose your running route in accordance to the circumstances – in this case in accordance with the rain. Pick a route which you know well, and which is safe from any hazards of falling trees, rocks or mountain slides. When it is raining, it is better to choose a flatter ground rather than go out on a trail run. This will ensure that you stay safely on your feet during the run and that there will be no danger of falling or rolling stones or other potentially dangerous objects along the route.
- Take extra precautions to look at the track and the ground when running in the rain. Even if you know the route well, you should be extra careful where your foot lands, especially when turning around a corner or stepping in a puddle of water. Make sure you are more concentrated in your surroundings when running on a rainy day, in order to stay away from injuries and accidents.
- Remember to stay hydrated. No, the rain won’t keep you hydrated while you are running. Even though you may be soaking wet, you still need to ensure that you drink water or sports drinks, especially when running long distances in the rain.
- Make sure you apply Vaseline or Bodyglide, especially if you are prone to blistering and chaffing when running. However suitable and moisture wicking your running clothes may be, it is advisable to apply the lubricant to the feet, toes, the under arms and other problematic areas on your body.
- It is a good idea to take precautions regarding the electronics you are used to carrying and wearing when running. For example, if your fitness bracelet, watch or other fitness tracking device is water resistant, then feel free to wear it. It’s okay if your mp3 player is waterproof, but if the player, smartphone or other electronic device is not resistant to water, it is a good idea to either leave it at home, or make sure it is well packed in a Ziploc or other protective plastic bag. After all, you will want to use your devices for your next run, right?
- Be reasonable before going out to run in the rain. If there is a heavy thunder storm, fierce wind and a hurricane, then you should simply choose to stay home or go to the gym for an indoor run or another type of workout instead. You want to make sure that you stay safe at all times, so take the time to look at the weather forecast before putting those running shoes on in the rain!
- Remember that running in the rain will bring you a strong sense of accomplishment once you are done! Think about the feeling of overcoming the discomfort of the heavy rain and reaching your daily running goal anyway!
- Take all precautions to stay healthy and well, and to dry your soaked running clothing and footwear properly after you return from the run in the rain. Take off all clothes and jump into the warm shower. Then change into dry and warm clothes and take care of your running clothing, footwear and gear. Remove the insoles and laces of your running shoes and hang them all in a well-aerated place to dry off completely. You can wash your running clothes and then stick them in the dryer or just hang them on the line and let them dry off completely as well. This will ensure the longevity of your running gear and will keep them from getting ruined by mildew, mold or fungus.
As you can see, running in the rain can be an enjoyable experience, but only if you take all necessary precautions to stay as comfortable and safe as possible. Take these tips into consideration next time you see those dark clouds and heavy rain outside and are thinking about going out for your run!