This time of year there will be plenty of opportunities to stay indoors if conditions don't look ideal, rather than heading out for a run. Personally I love running in the rain but it certainly helps if you are prepared.
Top Tips For Running In The Rain
My top tips for running in the rain are:
- Wear a hat or cap, this will make a big difference to your comfort, preventing the water from getting in your eyes.
- Dress in layers, but only if it's cold. If it's not cold, just accept you will get wet. Wearing a waterproof jacket will only cause you to sweat more, be uncomfortable and you will end up just as wet.
- Lightly tinted sunglasses will help keep your vision clear in very heavy rain.
- Wear darker coloured clothes as lighter colours become see-through when wet. Most running tops and bottoms are now made of lightweight wicking fabrics and include some reflective areas to help with visibility in the dark.
- Moisture wicking socks will reduce the risk of blisters.
- If you suffer from chafing or are going on a long run consider using some anti-chafe balm or lube on vulnerable areas.
- Make sure you have some warm clothes at the finish of the run. If you have driven to the run, place a towel over your seat before you start so that you are able to get straight back into the car if it's still raining when you finish.
When you have finished your run and sitting down with a warm drink after your hot shower you will be pleased you made the effort to head out the door.