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4 Underrated Tips for Running in the Rain

I hope you are reading this article because you absolutely love to run and you are looking forward to it. However, what we are often not looking forward to as runners is to run in the rain!

Some of us may enjoy running in the rain but others are not huge fans of these conditions. What is really important here is to learn how to make the most of it (and most of any situation in general) and make this experience more pleasurable when it happens again.

 Thus, I am going to spend my time giving you advice about the best gear for running in the rain.

Before we move to the discussion about what to wear when running in the rain, I want to give you one important perspective.

Yes, running in the rain might not be your favorite thing to do. But there might be a lot of rainy days (especially if you live in England!) and it is important to know how to deal best with them.

Raining or not, every day is a good day when you have the opportunity to run. Remember that time when you were injured and you were praying for the day when you will be able to move  your legs again? Well, remind yourself about these days and how lucky you are that you are able to do what you love – to run.

After all, it is better to run in the rain than not to run at all.

Also, don’t forget that many people are soft when it comes to weather. Be the person who is mentally strong and is not afraid to run in any conditions. This will be your secret weapon and your advantage, especially on race days when good weather can never be promised.
So to start training your brain for those days, you have to make choices that are going to make your running in the rain a nice one.
Let’s move to what gear is best for running in the rain and why, plus how to use it to your advantage.

1. Wear a hat

Number one on my list is a HAT, a one with a brim. I never go out to run in the rain, if I don’t have a hat.

Why having a hat with a brim is important? Because it will protect your eyes from getting wet and irritated. If the raindrops are hitting your face, you might be unable to see where you are stepping and you can lose control of your running.

Or, if you are someone like me, who gets irritated from the raindrops, you might not be able to see anything at all.

For example, last summer I went out for a long run around one mountain road with low traffic and in the middle of the run, there was a storm. The rain was so strong that I couldn’t see anything further than one meter away.

It was scary because I couldn’t even see the cars coming. I had to run fast but because of the rain and the lack of a hat, and the fact I couldn’t see anything, I was forced to stop and walk. I ran back to my place, grabbed my hat with the brim, and continued running. It was a game changer.

2. Dress properly

Another important step is to dress properly and ideally with waterproof gear.
First, consider what are the exact conditions. If it’s rainy and cold, you better wear enough layers to keep your body warm. Otherwise, the rain will prevent your body from heating and this will challenge your performance.

On those cold and rainy days, I always wear a long sleeve top and a waterproof running jacket. This way, my core, and upper body will stay as dry and warm as possible – a key ingredient for a good run.
But also do not overdress, especially when the temperature is high. You don’t want to end up with too many layers when the weather is warm because they will also become very heavy due to the rain. And let’s face it – who wants to feel extra heavy during a run?
To sum this up – check the temperature and dress up based on it and ideally choose waterproof gear which will keep you dry and feeling light.

 

3. Do not neglect the choice of shoes

Choose the right running shoes for the rain. The good news is that there are a lot of brands that sell good waterproof running shoes for rain.

I think it is worth the investment to buy one because it’s more than likely you will have at least some rainy days during the year which you will need to endure.

Check your favorite brand and see what options of waterproof shoes they have. Keep in mind they may not keep your feet 100% dry but they will be significantly better than normal shoes.

BONUS, you can wear them not only for your rainy runs but for rainy days in generals (this is how I get the most of them)!

4. Have a post-running plan

I mean… if you ended up soaking wet, at least you can always prepare in advance some dry clothes.

You don’t want to stay wet, nor in the cold, nor when it’s hot. Thus, make sure you have additional socks, shoes, pants/tights/shorts, tops, and a jacket (if needed, when it’s cold). Most of the runner’s colds I have heard of are due to a lack of preparation.

I have made this mistake too. A couple of times, I ended up running in cold and rainy weather and I did not have a change of clothes and shoes. I can tell you how this ends – often with a cold or a fever for the next few days.

I’d come home freezing and I’d need pretty much a day to feel “warm” again. Then I would blame it on the weather for the next days when I have to stay away from running and with a cup of hot tea at home.

BUT this is avoidable. We don’t need to blame the rain, we just need to know how to deal with it and survive its nature. When I learned how to do that, running in the rain become enjoyable, some days – even magical.

Just be calm and prepared. Oh, yes – and grateful for one more day where you can enjoy doing what you love – to run!

 

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