I may not have the best tips for running in the cold weather, but after the last few months (which have been the wettest months I have seen in a long time in California), I have learned a thing or two about running in the rain. Looking at the forecast, it appears I have more rainy runs in my near future.
Here are a few tips about making it through a rainy run unscathed!
Check the temperature
Just because it’s raining doesn’t mean its cold. Actually, at least around here, it’s often the opposite. The rain makes the air thicker and more humid and the temperatures actually rise. Once you are running, you get warmed up quick and I have been too warm many a time on a raining run. Check the temperatures and plan your outfits accordingly.
Cotton is not fun when it’s wet. It hurts, it chafes, its heavy and it doesn’t dry therefore leaving you very cold. Especially on rainy runs, try to wear something with wicking fabric to help keep you a tad dry and keep the chaffing away.
I have invested in a couple of windbreaker/rain jackets that are perfect for running in the rain. They aren’t too thick so you can wear something suitable underneath for the weather that day, but it also helps to keep your dry.
Windbreaker vests are my new very favorite thing, especially for rainy runs. They keep your core warm but let your arms breathe as much as they need to depending on the day.
Dress in layers
Since I have gotten too warm on rainy runs I have learned to dress in layers that I can easily carry. Whether it’s arm warmers I can take off, a long sleeve I can tie around my waste, or even gloves I can shed easily, being able to take off a layer helps immensely once you are warmed up.
When you are wet and running for a long period of time, things chafe that have never chafed before. After one of my 20 milers in the rain I had a chaffed ring around my whole stomach from my capri tights I was wearing. I have never chafed there before, but some reason on that day, my skin was not happy.
On rainy days I am very liberal with the body glide. I cover my feet, I get all the areas I can think of on me, and if I forget I definitely pay for it later.
Wear a hat
Keeping water out of my eyes is key on rainy days. A hat or visor helps the rain stay off my face and keeps the water out of my eyes. Although there are days when the rain is sidewise or the wind blows it at you, most of the time a hat helps tremendously.
Bring a full change of warm clothes if you have to drive somewhere after. There is nothing worse than the combination of stopping running, cooling down and being soaked, you get cold so fast! Change your clothes, drink something warm and get your body warmed up as fast you as you can again.
Always have fun
If you are going to be out running around like a crazy person in the rain, at least have some fun with it. I always feel like I am a little kid out running and skipping in puddles. It’s actually one of my favorite times to head out the door!
And don’t forget to keep your eyes open, you never know what you might see.
Do you like running in the rain? Do you have any additional tips for rainy runs?