Essential Tips For Running In Rainy Weather
How to have safe, effective training runs when it won’t stop raining!
Will this bad weather ever end? So far 2021 has been, snowy, wet and windy – and it feels like there has been no break. Here’s how to cope in heavy rain.
Look Where You’re Going
Rain and wind can alter the visibility of the road ahead and of your surroundings. Take extra care during heavy rain and high winds. Be sure you can see the road ahead and look out for puddles, fallen debris, and mud washed into the road.
Protect Your Tech
If you run with your phone and/or headphones, protect them from the rain. Most smart watches are water-resistant, but many phones are not. Put your phone in a waterproof compartment in your running belt, or inside a plastic sandwich-bag and into a pocket. Keeping headphones dry is more difficult. In really bad weather, consider leaving them at home (or wear an old pair that has been sitting in a drawer).
Chafing & Sore Skin
One peril of running in wet weather is keeping your skin happy. Downpours will soon soak the straps of your sports bra and other areas of fabric that rub. Use a barrier cream to protect skin under your bra straps, waistband, and any other areas that might chafe when soaked through.
If you’re heading out on a long run, take an extra pair of socks with you. If you hit the midway point and your soaked socks are causing agony, you’ll be glad to be able to change. If you are driving to the start point of a run, pack dry socks (and other dry clothing!) in the car to change into after your run.
Don’t Layer Too Much
If you wear too many layers, you’ll just get weighed down by heavy wet fabric. Wear as much as you need to stay warm (ish). You will be wet anyway, and skin dries more quickly than wet fabric will. Prioritise warm head and hands over lots of layers.
See – And Be Seen
A peaked cap might not be the obvious choice during a downpour, but the peak can keep the worst of the rain out of your eyes. Just as important as being able to see, is making sure other road users can see you. Rain can reduce visibility, so wear reflective kit and/or a runners’ light.
Get Dry ASAP
Once you’re home – or in the car if you drive to your runs – get out of your wet kit, dry off, and put on some loose, comfy layers including socks.
Dry Your Shoes
Our poor running shoes in this weather! Stuff them with balled-up newspaper or packing paper and put them near (but not on) a radiator.