Since it's been so hot and humid, I was psyched the other day when I was about to set out on my run, and noticed a light sprinkle falling from the sky. While it's true that the rainwater can keep you cool, running in the rain isn't any easier. It can be more challenging since the water can add extra weight and get in your eyes.
Here are some tips for running or jogging in the rain:
- Wear a rain coat or some kind of waterproof layer on top that will repel the raindrops so the water beads off you, and doesn't get absorbed in your clothes. The extra water weight will make moving harder.
- Wear bright colored clothes or a headlamp so other cars and people can see you.
- Don't wear cotton shorts or pants that will absorb the rain. Instead wear lightweight bottoms that will repel water.
- Cotton socks are a no-no too. Find ones made out of wool or some other wicking material. Also steer clear of puddles - wet feet can cause blisters.
- Get yourself some waterproof sneakers. If you don't want to buy a whole new pair, just use an old pair.
- If you listen to music, cover your iPod or whatever you use with a waterproof case or if you don't have one, just use a ziploc bag. Poke a little hole in the back so the clip can sneak through. No it's not the coolest thing, but it's way better than having to buy a new Nano. Also get a set of waterproof headphones. If you see any signs of an electrical storm take those ear buds out of your ears.
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- Wear sunglasses to prevent water from pelting your eyeballs. A hat is a good idea too. It can shield water from your eyes and your face.
- Try to stay away from roads. Cars whizzing by can splash puddles onto you so not only will you be soaked, you'll be thoroughly annoyed too.
- Don't be too hard on yourself. You may not be able to run as long, as far, or in certain places, so just enjoy the time you have and don't try to set any personal records. Just be proud that you're out there in the first place.
- You're not going to melt in a little rain, but lightning is another story. If you see flashes or hear thunder, the safest thing to do is get inside. You can work on strength training or stretching instead.