Bill Bowerman, co-founder of Nike, once said: “There’s no such thing as bad weather, just soft people.” The weather is beyond our control, so don’t fret about it too much. Instead, focus on what you can do to make it work in your favor. In adverse conditions, a little planning goes a long way. Here’s what you need to know to run your best race in the rain.
We put together a list of 10 tips for running in the rain.
Wear a cap or glasses
Not wearing any is a problem. The water will be getting into your eyes and you will have to wipe it quite often. It’s very uncomfortable. A cap with a brim solves the problem best, but sunglasses are also a good option. They will not cover your face, but at least you won’t get the rain in your eyes.
Clothes will get wet very quickly and they will become heavy due to the water. Just get dressed normally – a shirt and shorts are enough.
Use a garbage bag
If you have to wait outside in the rain before the start of a race, a big trash bag with armholes and a neck hole cut out can help you stay dry. You can take it off and throw it to the side once you get moving.
Your race shoes…
They will be trashed at the end of the race. Consider running in older ones or be prepared to ruin or damage new ones. Some people wear bags over their shoes. It’s not a good idea. Too much risk and you would have to take them off at some point.
Use a body glide or Vaseline on parts of your body where you would normally chafe or get blisters.
Protect Your Electronics
Store electronics, such as your cell phone and iPod in a ziplock bag or a water-proof carrier.
Stay with groups
Just like Nascar racing you are going to want to draft in this one. If the winds are strong, anyone to block the wind will be nice. When you feel strong enough, move away from the pack, but try not to go solo too long.
You trained in weather colder than this, so stick to your plan and realize this is what you are here for – crappy weather or not.
Just run and have fun!
The hardest part of running in the rain is often just getting started. Once you begin running and warm up, you may find that you actually enjoy it! You are going to be wet, so try to have fun with it.
Dry out your shoes
When you get back from a wet run, take off your running shoes and stuff them with crumpled balls of newspaper. This helps the shoes keep their shape, and the paper draws moisture away from the shoes.