Thursday, June 16, 2011

Running in the Rain

The weather was rainy and unseasonably cool last week. I'll take unseasonably cool. I'll even take the rain. The weather is back to normal now. I think. That's New England for you.

Once you commit to a training plan, you just do it. Good weather or bad weather doesn't matter. You're out there. Well, except for ice and thunderstorms. That's where I draw the line. You learn how to prepare.

Here are some tips on how to run in the rain:

1. No cotton. Especially socks. Water + cotton socks = recipe for blisters.
2. No loose clothing. Running skirts do not function well in the rain. Nor do very long or baggy shirts. They get weighed down when they get wet.
3. Technical/wicking fabric is your friend. It dries quickly.
4. Wear a hat or visor. The brim will keep the water out of your face.
5. Be careful with your electronics. Garmins are usually water-resistant, but phones and iPods are not. Leave them home or protect them with a sandwich or zip-lock bag. Yes, the scroll wheel on an iPod works through a plastic bag.
6. You still need to stay hydrated. Don't forget to drink.
7. It takes some trial and error to figure out how to dress appropriately. Summertime rain = pleasant. Rain + wind/cold = uncomfortable.
8. Running in the rain is really not that bad once you get past "I'm wet and my socks are squishy." Try it and you'll see.

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