Spring is not my favorite season. I can do without the severe weather and the whiplash-inducing temperature variations from day to day here in the Midwest. But I am training for my half marathon and running three times a week, thus I am subjected to whatever the weather weather conditions are on any given day.
On my last run, it was 70 degrees with a little light rain. On a warm day, I love running in the rain. This time, it was more of a sneeze than real rain falling down. Still, I prepared ahead of time and have these tips to share for running in the rain.
- Wear a hat or visor. Keeps the rain out of your face and helps to be able to see.
- Dress for the rain. Wear moisture-wicking clothes (especially socks) so you don’t end up soaked. Then change into dry clothes as soon as possible after your run.
- Bag it. Stick your iPod/iPhone or other devices in a zip-top sandwich bag to protect them from the rain. The touchscreen will still work through the plastic.
- Be aware of changing weather conditions. Remove one earbud or turn down your music to be more aware of your surroundings — and especially to listen for any rumbles of thunder.
- Dry shoes out after running, Stuff newspaper in the shoes or place them near a fan to allow them to dry.
Do you run in the rain? What are your favorite weather conditions for a run?