Run the Rain

The quickest way to get fitter and faster is to be consistent. And in order to be consistent, it’s essential to learn to love to run in any weather conditions—including the pouring rain.

Soggy weather workouts can be especially exhilarating if you embrace them. (Of course if there’s thunder and lightening; it’s best to stay in). And the bonus is that you get the satisfaction of knowing that you ventured out in conditions that a lot of people won’t drive in. Here’s how to endure - and even enjoy - the wet conditions.

Just Go Already

When you’re standing inside, dry and warm, the dread of getting wet is enough to stall you out of the gates. Remember: the hardest part of the rainy-day workout is the time you go. You will most likely find that as soon as you get outside, it’s actually quite pleasant. Remember: you will not melt from the rain. You will be warm and dry post-workout. 

Dress Right

The right gear is essential to enjoying your workout. Look for jackets and hats that are waterproof and water resistant, and provide some venting so you don’t get too hot. Opt for spandex and lycra shorts and tights, which won’t get soggy, drippy, and clingy when they get wet. Shoes with Gore-Tex uppers are ideal, but it’s difficult to avoid getting your shoes wet.

Watch Your Step

Remember that some spots that you wouldn’t think twice about on dry days can be treacherous when it’s raining. Painted areas of the street and sidewalks can be especially slippery as can wet leaves. 

Stay Out Of The Street

It’s best to aim for paved trails and sidewalks that are away from traffic; if cars are speeding by you can expect to get splashed. Also, since driving in very rainy conditions can be challenging for drivers, you want to be as far from them as possible. If you’re up for getting muddy—which can be fun—then you might head to the woods. The tree canopy can provide some extra cover.

Protect Your Gear

Once you are done with your rainy run, drenched, dry off, warm up, and take care of your gear. There are steps you can take to prevent the wear and tear that water can create. Stuff your shoes with newspapers; they will help absorb the water and the soggy smell. Hang up your jackets and clothes right away, to avoid the smell from seeping in. Avoid temptation to leave them in a soggy pile they can create a stink that will be difficult to get rid of.


About Jen Van Allen

Jen has spent the past six years working as Special Projects Editor for Runner's World magazine, and writing stories for the magazine. Her books, The Runner's World Big Book of Marathon and Half-Marathon Training, (Rodale Books, June 2012) The Runner's World Big Book of Running for Beginners and The Runner's World Training Journal for Beginners, (Rodale Books, April 2014) are available wherever books are sold. She is currently at work on her next book, The Runner's World Guide to Weight Loss, which will be available in stores in January 2016. She also contributes stories to The Washington Post, and The Portland Press Herald.

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