As a runner in San Francisco, I fortunately don’t have to battle with Mother Nature too often when going on a run. But recently with all the rain from El Niño, I’ve been forced to get out in conditions that are less than ideal.
I’m no expert in running in the rain, and I still panic at the thought of doing a long-run in a downpour. But with that being said, I do have some advice to make your run a little more bearable.
- Wear a hat
It may sound counter-intuitive wearing a hat in dark gloomy weather but hats are great in helping your hair and face stay relatively dry.
- Buy a rain jacket for running.
Well thanks Captain Obvious. No, but I’m serious you’ll probably want to invest in a rain jacket if you plan on running in the rain often. I currently don’t have one myself so in the meantime, I’m wearing clothes made from moisture wicking material (say no to 100% cotton!).
- Embrace the puddles
Your instinct will tell you to hop around the puddles, but don’t do it! It may be okay to leap over a couple, but if you find yourself jumping over a puddle every few seconds you will waste energy and increase your chances of slipping. Your shoes and socks are going to get wet no matter what, so just get used to that feeling.
- Put your phone in a ziploc bag!
Running in the rain can be fun, but the last thing you want to do is to end your run with a funeral for your iPhone. I keep my phone normally in my FlipBelt but that alone isn’t enough to protect my phone from the rain. I make sure to pack it in a ziploc bag and then stash it away!
- Protect against chafing
I realized I am way more prone to chafing in the rain. I tried using Vaseline to prevent chafing but it definitely did not help enough. I’ve heard products such as Body Glide will do the trick.
So if you’re a Californian like me who doesn’t know how to deal with weather, hopefully these tips will help you brave the wet weather. Now does anyone want to join me for a 10 mile run in the rain this weekend? I need the motivation!