Hi everyone! Today’s post comes to you courtesy of my post work run on Monday. See, on Monday it was raining…again. Just like it was on my long run on Saturday. And as I drove home from work and told my husband I was going to go out for a quick run before dinner, he said what most people would probably say in this situation – “You’re going to run in the rain?”. Of course, I could head over to the gym and run there. Or I could just skip my run and lay around wishing I was out running. But instead, I laced up my shoes and threw on my rain jacket for a 3 miler along the coastal trail.
As I ran down the trail I saw some friends from my running group, passed a bunch of adorable puppies out for a walk, and successfully avoided all moose. And I did it all while it was pouring! I was far from the only person out there, and it seemed like most people didn’t even mind the rain. And it made me wonder about why runners are so willing to skip running when it’s rainy out – because honestly, it’s secretly awesome! If you’ve never tried it, here’s what you’re missing:
- First of all, you’re probably going to get wet and sweaty while running anyways. Why not just get wet sooner to get it over with?
- The hardest part is getting out the door. Once you’re a few minutes into the run you’ll want to keep on going.
- You get to be “that crazy runner” who’s out there in the rain, getting those miles done no matter what.
- Rain helps keep your body temperature down, so you feel more comfortable when it’s hot out.
- You don’t have to worry about getting off track on your training plan just because of weather.
- Chances are, you’re eventually going to have a rainy race day. Now you’ll be prepared and know how to dress to avoid any race day mishaps. In fact, my current half marathon PR happened in the pouring rain!
- You totally earn that post-run hot shower.
- If you’re a road runner, your shoes will get a little shower too!
- And if you’re a trail runner, you’ll get nice and muddy, which totally adds to the character of your trail shoes.
- It’s really, really fun to splash through puddles like a little kid!
If you’re not a fan of rainy running, you might just need the right gear! I always wear a rain jacket – even though I usually end up getting wet and sweaty underneath anyways, it’s nice to have a barrier against wind so I don’t get too cold. If you’re not a fan of rain jackets, just make sure to wear something that won’t chafe when you get wet. Body Glide is the best for preventing this! I also make sure to wear absolutely no cotton anything (which is a great rule anyways with running). It’s easy to overlook socks, but you definitely need some non-cotton socks if your feet are going to get soaked. And make sure to keep your phone and any other non-waterproof electronics in plastic baggies to keep them safe! If you’ve never tried it before, I challenge you to run outside on your next rainy day!
Do you like running in the rain? What tips do you have for people who have never tried it before?