Wear a Baseball Cap and Protective Jacket to Run in the Rain
Rain is the worst running weather. Even fearless athletes walking in the snow can hide indoors on gray days, muttering about how the rain gets in their eyes and soaks their clothes. But suffering can be prevented with a few smart solutions so you can turn your heads when people say, “Can you believe she runs in this weather ?”
This list provides a key piece of advice that I have learned slowly and painfully over the years (and you are looking at a man who was knocked off a treadmill by the police because it was flooded. Yes, yes, I noticed ankle-deep water, but I didn’t want to skip a run and ruin your training schedule.)
Here’s what you need to know:
- Wear a baseball cap to keep the rain out of your eyes. (Glasses or sunglasses can help too, but without a visor, water will just drip onto your forehead.) Nothing kills the pleasure like having to run on the road with your eyes almost closed.
- Forget the chic running jacket . Many are “waterproof,” but take them out in a rainstorm and you end up getting wet. If your jacket isn’t truly waterproof, it’s best to buy a cheap plastic jacket that actually keeps the rain out. (Hide it in your car or gym bag in case of an emergency.) It’s better to sweat a little while keeping your body warm and seemingly dry than getting wet in the cold rain.
- Use a lubricant . Even if you don’t need Bodyglide on dry days, wet clothes chafe more than dry ones, so if you’re away for more than a few miles, you probably want to put that extra barrier (Vaseline works too) anywhere. your clothes or shoes may chafe.
Check out the full list at Runner’s World to learn more about which socks are best to wear and why the color of your pants matters.
How to dress for rainy runs “wiki useful World of runners
Photo by Sasha Kohlmann .