The thought of running in the rain can be a bummer for most of us. No one likes getting wet, but it’s great for your mental toughness and prepares you for races during heavy downpours. You can’t change the weather, but you can change your mindset! Unless there are alerts of very bad weather or even thunderstorms in your area, it’s completely safe to run in the rain provided you follow some basic precautions.
In this article, I’ll share 4 mistakes you should avoid when running in the rain!
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Not Looking Down
It’s natural for us to be extra wary of traffic and other road users when the visibility goes down. However, the tripping hazards could be right beneath your feet. Puddles can conceal potholes and tree roots, and some surfaces could be extra slippery when wet. Always make sure you’re aware of your surroundings or you may embarrass or even worse, seriously hurt yourself. Speaking of visibility, make sure that you wear bright colors so other road users can see you while you quickly take a glance at the ground.
This is a big no-no that rookies make when running in the rain. Unless you have a poncho on, you are still going to get wet to some degree. Too many layers can weigh you down, and thick socks will make you feel you are running with ankle weights when they start absorbing all that water.
If it is wet, some of the best running rain jackets will keep your core temperature up and protect you from most of the rain. Do look into gear that is suitable for running in the cold. The fabric closest to your skin (base layer) should be of a technical fabric that is designed to move sweat away from your skin so you remain comfortable such as nylon. Wear thinner socks. If you can afford it, look for socks that are specially made for running. A waterproof baseball cap is great for shielding your face from the rain. It’s all about dressing smart!
Forgetting the Vaseline
Running in the rain can cause chafing and blisters to appear much faster from the wet clothes rubbing against your skin. Before a run, don’t forget to apply Vaseline or other anti-chafing products at chafing hotspots such as between the thighs, between your heel and ankles, and nipples. Even though blisters are harmless for as long as they are clean, they can be a pain to deal with and can hinder your running performance.
Leaving Spare Clothes at Home
Once you stop running, your body is going to cool down. And with wet clothes on, this temperature change can be drastic, and you can start showing symptoms of hypothermia, such as shivering and slow, shallow breathing. Always have spare clothes and a towel ready nearby and dump your wet clothes in a bin liner. You can save the chat with your buddies for later!