What happens when you wake up on a run day and find that it is raining out? Do you suit up and get out there for your miles or do you opt for the treadmill? While there is nothing wrong with the latter, here are some great reasons to run in the rain and what to wear when you do.
Great Reasons To Run In The Rain
First, it’s important to know if there are any dangerous weather advisories or other safety reasons why you should take it inside. Assuming that is not an issue, here are few great reasons to opt outside and run in the rain.
Practice for a rainy race day
It is inevitable that you will encounter a rainy race day at some point. Training in the rain gives you self confidence to know that you can have a successful run and take away that aspect of race day anxiety. In addition, it offers the perfect opportunity to test out your race day rain gear. (more on that below)
Build Mental Toughness
You know the expression, “running is 90% mental”? Learning how to exercise your mental toughness with a few rainy runs can do wonders. They can be a practical way of tackling adversity and succeeding.
Feeling of exhilaration
There is something cleansing and exhilarating about powering through a rainy run.
Keep your body temperature down
Running in the rain helps to keep your body temperature down. In the summer months, this can be a huge bonus to your performance and way around the heat and humidity.
Boost your bad ass quotient
Running in challenging weather situations can help boost your bad assery quotient. Feeling like you can conquer anything is a huge motivator on a tough run.
What do wear on a rainy run
It is important to make sure that cars can see you on a rainy day. Choose a piece of gear with some reflective piping or consider a reflective vest. If you were driving a car and would have your lights on, that means that you may not be seen without some sort of reflective gear.
Dress for the temperature
Resist the urge to add layers and dress for the actual temp or 10 degrees warmer.
Keep it tight
Select tighter fitting or compression type shorts/pants and avoid looser fitting material that can get bogged down with water.
Moisture and rubbing is a sure fire way to end up chafing on a rainy run. Hit up your hot spots with a bodyglide type product to prevent chafing. Choose a wicking material sock to avoid blisters and chafing on feet.
Wear a water resistant jacket
Having a go to water resistant jacket in your running arsenal is key. Choose one that is wind and water resistant versus waterproof. True “rain jackets” are not ideal for running as they are not breathable. These one and this one are my 2 favorite jackets for rainy spring or summer runs. Both are packable and very lightweight.
How to care for wet Running Shoes
Your running shoes will get wet and that’s okay they are designed for that. Running shoes are not meant to go into a dryer. Instead, stuff your wet shoes with newspaper and that will help to absorb the moisture. They will be good as new. Consider having an old pair of shoes that you keep for rainy days.
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You will get wet running in the rain, however, there are many great reasons to opt outside. Happy Running!