It’s time to get the puddle-splashing miles in.
Running in the rain is like marmite you either love it or you hate it. Now that the weather is transitioning into autumn, the temperatures are dropping and the winds are getting stronger. During heavy rainfall runners assume that their training time should be cut short to avoid getting soaked. That doesn’t have to be the case… with a few considered rainwear accessories, miserable wet weather running can be a thing of the past. To withstand the elements, we have put together our top tips to help you get through the worst of it. Don’t worry, we’re with you all the way.
- Prevent chafing
- Dress for the temperature
- Wear a hat with a brim
- Dress in manageable layers
- Be visible
- Carry extra socks
- Wear waterproof trainers
- Keep electronics safe
Chafing can happen to the best of us in dry weather, it is basically caused by a combination of friction, sweat and moisture whereby the fabric rubs against the skin to create a rash. The weather and the duration of time all play critical factors as the longer the fabric rubs the skin, the worse the rash will be. In some instances, the chafing will include mild swelling, bleeding and crusting of the skin – which is something you definitely want to avoid. We want to keep you running through the raindrops with no worries. To prevent chafing, you can use moisture wicking clothing, anti-chafe gels and plan for the weather in advance.
We would also recommend dressing for the temperature rather than the rain as you will overheat and become uncomfortable if you have too many layers on. A quick wicking t-shirt accompanied with a waterproof jacket will be adequate as let’s face it, you’re going to get wet – it’s raining – and wearing more layers will not keep you dry.
A running hat or cap with a brim will be useful as it’ll keep the rain and wind off your face making your overall vision clearer. It works like tunnel vision, your eyes stay forward and you become more focused for the duration of your run. Similarly to your running gear, we would always consider the temperature you’ll be running in as you can get different types of hats that are designed and developed with a range of materials suitable for cold or warm weather conditions. Look out for a breathable hat with mesh for warmer rain days and if the rain is heavier, we would recommend a thicker hat with a possible fleece headband underneath. The fleece headband will act as a grip so that your hat doesn’t fly off whilst picking up the pace and it’ll also keep the water and sweat at bay.
We’ve touched on it already but we would always wear manageable layers whilst running. If you put layer upon layer, you will just be wearing more wet clothes and in turn, these will become heavier and heavier as the water starts to seep through. You don’t want to get to the point where you have to stop as this will ruin your training time.
Ok, so we’ve covered that you don’t have to overdress to feel comfortable… what’s next?
Being visible is one of the most important factors of off-trail running or pavement pounding, especially in dim lighting conditions. Oncoming vehicles and pedestrians have to be able to see you for your own health and safety as well as theirs. Keeping yourself and others safe should be your number one priority at all times. How do we do that? We wear hi-vis clothing and accessories as well as choosing gear that has reflective detailing. We would also keep in mind that drivers will not be expecting to see runners in the rain and therefore, every stride should be taken with caution.
Depending on where you’re running, you might have to ditch the pavement onto the road to dodge overgrown foliage or approaching pedestrians. As we all know, the pot holes on the roads are hard to avoid in certain circumstances so you may find your foot emerged in unexpected puddles. This is where the second pair of socks come in, you will have to stop and change them if they start to become sore as wet socks will rub against the inner of your shoe to create blisters. Yes, you will lose time but at least you will feel a lot more comfortable and it’ll help in the long run where you’ll be able to push further for longer. We would recommend getting a running belt or small bag for necessities.
When it rains, the world doesn’t stop so you don’t have to either! Lace up and get out whatever the weather. You may want to opt for waterproof trainers that will benefit when the bad weather hits or you may feel comfortable in road running or trail trainers. It really just depends on where you’ll be running so that you can determine the style of shoe that will protect and help you perform at your best. When you’ve found a pair you like, you may want to examine the shoe by picking it up as this will give you an indication of how heavy it is. We would then turn the shoe over to see the sole as it will need to have a thick tread for gripping onto slippery surfaces.
Lastly, keep your electronics safe. We would recommend a zip lock bag to keep your mobile safe and secure from water and if you’re carrying a running backpack – even better. They’ll feature inner zipped pockets for storing essentials.