Spring is soon to be on its way and that means that it will be easier to get your running in. The battle against frigid temperatures and icy roads will be over. And while Spring does bring sunshine and rainbows, with those rainbows come rain. Sometimes a lot of rain. That doesn’t mean that you should spend all this time indoors though. You did enough of that over the last couple of months. Get out there enjoy the Spring and follow a couple of these tips to make a rainy day run a little bit smoother.
Get Out and Do it
Ok I know that running in the rain isn’t ideal, but as your Grandmother often says you aren’t made of sugar. It might seem like an easy excuse to avoid a run, but really you should just get out there and do it. Remember just last month it would have all been piling up as snow.
Layer Up Properly
It is easier to get cold when the weather is damp so wearing layers is a good idea. Make sure that you have a few breathable layers on with a water resistant or waterproof shell on top. Also do no wear too many layers. It isn’t Wintertime any more and you will still warm up will running, make sure that you will be comfortable and not end up with an arm full of cloths on the return half of your run.
Wear a Waterproof Tracker
Make sure that the fitness tracker on your wrist or inside your connected running shoes is waterproof. The rain isn’t going to hurt you, but you also want to make sure that you are not going to damage your favorite tracking device. Leave your smart phone at home where it is safe.
Toughing it out and going for a run in the rain is good. Running during a lightning storm or when the temperature is close to freezing and things could slippery is not a good idea. Make sure that you gauge the weather and make intelligent decisions.
Put a Hat on
Put a hat on to help keep the water out of your face and eyes. It isn’t pleasant having water running down your face, but worse it can be dangerous if you are not able to see properly. A hat with a brim will keep your vision clear and help you stay more comfortable.
If it is raining than that means that drives have a lower level of visibility. Make sure that you wear bright colors that are easily seen. It is also a good idea to have reflective gear that you can add to your outfit.
Dry Your Shoes
Make sure that your shoes get dried out properly. Just throwing them in the corner to dry doesn’t only increase the chance of a wet foot the next time you want to run but will lower the life expectancy of your shoes. That is not to mention the bacteria and odor that can develop. Make sure the are somewhere they can dry thoroughly and quickly.