Are you also one of those fitness freaks who can’t function a day without their daily workout? Well, for all the fitness enthusiasts, an unexpected downpour could really act as a spoilsport. Some may prefer working out indoors itself but, some fitness junkies would not let their zeal and energy die, and would prefer running in the rain.
You should really grab the opportunity to run in the rain. Doing so builds mental and physical toughness, and you’ll feel more mentally prepared if it rains on a race day. So if you are all geared up for a wet and wild workout, we listed down the major tips for running in the rain to enjoy yourself and most importantly, stay safe.
Tips for Running in Rain
Here are some of the best tips that you can use to run in the rain
1. Embrace the fact that you’re bound to get drenched
This is the obvious tip when you plan on running in the rain. When you venture out for a run while it rains, you’ll get wet. When running in the rain, the first thing you want to do is to acknowledge that you are going to get drenched. Getting both feet out of the door and embracing the conditions is all you need to get going.
Though wearing a waterproof jacket is enticing, it is recommended not to do it. If you head out into the rain for a run, you’ll get wet — own it. Everything that a rain jacket is likely to do is make you overheat because chances are, you ‘re going to wear it or bind it around your neck until your run finishes. Instead, layer adequately to ensure that you are warm enough but not heat trapped.
2. Secure your electronics items
If you plan on running wet, Look for clothing that has internal pockets to keep your gadgets like phone or iPod secure when running in the rain. But because such pockets do not hold electronics fully dry, you should consider shelling out some extra cash for a waterproof case. If you don’t run often enough in the rain to justify your purchase, you should lock your phone in a plastic closable pocket. To be on a safer side, leave your gadgets at home if possible.
3. Do a shoe check
Before you head out, take a peek at your running shoes. If your shoes are really smooth from the bottom, it could pose as a challenge to run without sliding. To survive the rain, your soles should have grooves wider than one millimeter. Shoes with deeper grooves have channels that allow water to flow through them and make the shoes firmly grip the ground. When you want to keep your feet warmer and drier, you may want to pick up a fresh pair of shoes with waterproof lining. Otherwise, your feet would definitely get wet.
4. Wear a baseball cap
A baseball cap could be your best friend while running wet. It would keep rain off from your face so you can look through the downpour. This tip is specifically important for people who wear contacts. To cover your hair, pick a hat with thicker material and add a fleece headband over it. Additionally, a headband can help keep it from flying off due to strong winds.
5. Dress up smartly in layers
If it’s very chilly and pouring heavily outside you might have to wear a few layers. The most important layer is that which sticks closest to your body. Make sure it’s a waterproof fabric like nylon that wicks water and sweats away from your hair and skin. The outer layer should be wind- and water-resistant jacket or vest. When you are going for shorts, it’s a smart idea to add some beneath compression briefs to avoid chafing — which can get worse as your body gets warm.
The key is to wear smart layers, not putting on a ton of layers which would only make you feel bulky and uncomfortable. Also, choose very white or bright – colored exterior layers that have reflective lines. Driving in the rain also implies low visibility for drivers and they are less likely to expect runners on the streets during the downpour. Wearing bright colors like orange, blue, pink, and orange would allow you to be seen.
6. Prevent chafing
Chafing refers to skin inflammation induced by excessive rubbing, typically triggered by interaction with various sections of the body with the surface. Chafing can happen during any kind of run, but it can be a lot worse if you’re drenched in rain. Chafing is the most unjust thing that can happen when you’re trying to be a fitness freak by running wet. It is recommended to apply some Vaseline to areas where you’re most susceptible to getting chafes or blisters around your knees, under your armpits, on your bra bands, and on your inner thighs.
7. Avoid running in bad weather conditions
Even though you are a diehard runner, it is advised to stay indoors when there’s bad weather outside like thunderstorms. So even though you may not want to hit the treadmill, sometimes it’s the best alternative. Also, you should avoid running if the rain is accompanied by strong and gusty winds. While running against the wind ‘s resistance can be exhilarating and challenging, it is not at all safe. If the wind gusts are higher than 40 miles per hour, you should not attempt the run.
8. Change your wet clothes immediately after a run
To keep yourself warm after a run or race, you should take off your wet running clothes quickly, dry off, and put on a fresh pair of clothing. Wearing wet clothes will reduce body temperature and increase the chances of developing hypothermia i.e. your body loses heat faster than it can produce heat, causing a dangerously low body temperature.
If running at a race/event, it is always a smart idea to bring a waterproof bag with you to hold your wet clothes in. Be sure to bring a spare pair of clothes and a comfortable warm jacket when you’re done running in the rain. Your checked bag should also be waterproof because it may not be kept in a sheltered area.
Also read; Basic Running Tips For Beginners