How to Run in the Rain (It’s not that obvious…)

Happy Monday everyone! Hope all your running/fitness has been going awesome! It’s quite the rainy Monday here in Maryland. When I woke up this morning and heard the pouring down rain, my immediate thought was to take my run inside on the treadmill.  After a few minutes, I changed my mind and decided to challenge myself today by putting myself in an uncomfortable situation (running in the rain) and working on getting comfortable with being uncomfortable. As humans, we tend to HATE anything remotely uncomfortable and stay in our comfort zone. But adventure and the feeling of truly being alive happens outside of our comfort zone. Running in the rain is uncomfortable, but it is fun if you do it right!

Here are my tips on how to run in the rain and love it!

Before Your Run

1. Assess the situation. Listen to your local weather authority.  If there are any warnings, probably not the best idea to put your life at risk. Today during my run, it was 70 degrees with steady rain. A safe situation to run in. Do not go out if it’s hurricane conditions outside!  Do yoga instead 🙂

2. Gather all the necessary gear. You could theoretically go out in your normal gear. But that’ll result in chafing and blisters. You will need the following, including but not limited to:

-Rain jacket
-Body Glide (or any anti-chafing ointment)
-Hat or visor
-Newspaper
-Towel

3. Place your after run essentials, like a towel and newspaper, by the door that you’ll enter through after your run.  That way you are not walking through the house soaking wet to get everything you need.

4. Put on anti-chafing ointment prior to putting on your gear. You will get wet.  There is no getting around that. Before putting on your shoes/socks, put anti-chafing ointment all over your feet to avoid blisters.  Also, put the ointment anywhere clothes or skin may rub like under sports bra straps or in-between your thighs.

5. Now put on your gear. You will need a baseball hat or visor to keep the pouring rain out of your face so you can breathe comfortably. If you wear an armband for your phone, put it on prior to putting on your rain jacket. This adds an extra layer of protection and will prevent your phone from getting wet.

During Your Run

6. Watch your footing! But be sure to jump in those puddles. It’s like being a kid again! 🙂 But those paint lines on the roads can be slippery when wet, so be sure to tread slowly over them or skip over them if possible.  Also look out for those leaves! They can be slippery too.

After Your Run

7. Hang dry all your gear on a drying rack. Take care of your gear and it will take care of you!

8. Stuff your shoes with newspaper. Yes I know that sounds odd but you need to dry your shoes ASAP. Newspaper absorbs all the moisture from your shoes and is cheap. Do not put your shoes in the dryer!  The heat breaks down the material in the sole and changes the shape/structure of the other materials.

Shoes with newspaper

That’s all for now! What are you waiting for?! Go out there and be a kid again! 🙂

What other weather elements have you run in? Snow? Heat?

How are you doing on those pushups for #hollyshundred? 😉