Top 5 tips for Running in the Rain

If you have just made running your new year’s resolution then you need to know about running in the rain!

 When is it too wet to run?

Cyclist Sean Kelly was asked ‘When is it too wet to train?’ His reply: “I go out on my bike, I do my ride, and when I get back home I decide if it’s too wet or not!”

Same applies to running!

Running in the rain is good preparation for the day you have to run a race in the rain!

These are our five top tips for a rainy day run:

  1. Dress in layers

The most important layer is the one closest to your body. Make sure it’s a technical fabric which wick water and sweat away from your skin. Your outer layer should be a wind- and water-resistant jacket or vest. Don’t wear a waterproof rain jacket because it will trap moisture and heat.

Dress for the temperature, as if it were a dry day. The biggest mistakes runners make when heading out for a rainy run is wearing too many layers. This will not keep you dry, you will just be wearing more wet, heavy clothes.

  1. Wear a hat or visor.

A hat or visor with a brim can be your best friend on a rainy run. It will keep the rain off your face, so you can see, even in a downpour. If it is cold a waterproof cap will help to keep your head warmer and dyer.

  1. Be visible.

Select outer layers that are very bright or light-coloured and have reflective strips, since running in the rain often means poor visibility.

  1. Lube

Use Vaseline on your feet to help prevent blisters and on other parts of your body that may chafe.

  1. Afterward

Get out of your wet clothes and into dry ones (or a warm shower) immediately.

Take the insoles out of your running shoes and stuff them with crumpled balls of newspaper. This helps the shoes keep their shape. Don’t put them in the dryer or in front of a heater — that can shrink them or warp their shape so they won’t fit you properly.

Happy Running!

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