I can’t believe two weeks ago I was writing about how low Jordan Lake was and how bad we NEEDED rain. Well….be careful what you wish for because rain it has and the end doesn’t appear to be in sight until NEXT WEEK. So, what to do when you have to run?? I’m lucky I don’t have a race I’m training for, but I’m a run coach for Fit4mom and my girls have a race in two weeks! In fact this Saturday is their longest run to prepare for the race. My general rule is we run in the rain…you can’t predict the weather race day so you need to train in all different situations. In fact, my first half marathon I trained for it rained just about every weekend…not a washout, but just enough to make it annoying. The deal breaker for me is usually COLD rain. I did a half marathon at the beach a few years ago. It was the end of February and I had trained in super cold weather. The day of the race it was 60 and rain. Figuring I would be hot since I was acclimated to the cold I wore a short sleeved shirt and shorts. I felt great until the rain started and didn’t stop. That on top of my poor preparation made for a miserable race. I was chilled to the bone when I finished! I spent most of the day under 5 blankets and only felt better when I remembered this was also a fun weekend with friends and my kids were not there. Redeemed.
So, here is my “unofficial” guide to surviving running in the rain. (And by rain I mean JUST rain, not lightning, flash floods and hurricanes. Safety first…no run is worth putting yourself in harms way!!)
- Don’t run in the rain. Head to the nearest gym and run on the treadmill. If you have a gym membership you can stop reading. If not carry on.
- Recruit friends….maybe they actually like running in the rain and maybe they owe you something. Cash in those favors.
- Wear a hat or visor! It will help keep the rain out of your eyes.
- I can’t believe I don’t have one, but a nice rain jacket for running is probably a sound investment. I’ve been eyeing this jacket for a while! I also like the look of this one from Athleta. I always love Athleta! I got my first pair of running capris from there in 2010 and I wore them to spin class this week. For real. They even went through my last pregnancy with me and bounced back quicker than I did. I will say the reason I don’t have a rain jacket for running is because I *think* I would be SO HOT. Like I said cold rain I usually avoid and when it rains in the summer it’s usually already 2000% humidity and a dew point of 1 million.
- Ummmm, THIS. IS. GENIUS. I have never seen this and I will totally try it.
But, I would use a fun color of course.
6. If you use your phone to run I would definitely put it in a ziploc bag even if you have an armband (ruined a phone using a cheap armband, oops)!
7. Head to a trail or greenway that has tree coverage. The Tobacco Trail is great! It drains really well and the trees protect from the rain. We were out there last weekend in light rain and got more wet with sweat than rain. I drove by today to check out the trail and it looks great. I didn’t see any standing water from my viewpoint.
8. Have a towel, blanket or change of clothes in your car for the ride home and be prepared to jump right in a hot shower when you get there! You will feel pretty good running, but the chill will start to settle in as soon as you are done. I like coffee and pajamas too!
9. Or perhaps something more to warm you up? Wine…bourbon…baileys in that coffee. You did run in the rain after all.
10. Finally. Don’t EVER, ever, ever, ever expect to look like this when you run in the rain. She is adorable, but expect to look more like a drowned, shivering cat. However, I do dig that jacket:)