Truth be told I LOVE the rain.. That is not to say that I would love to run my "A" Marathon in the rain, but if it happens I have to make the most of it.for racing/running in the rain
Tall Mom's (no duh) tips
- PREPARE= There are stages of the race/run, pre-race, race and post-race. When it rains you should be prepared for each stage.
- Pre-Race- Pack a poncho or toss away clothes to keep you warm and dry. If it is going to be really soggy it may be worth putting a plastic bag around your shoes to keep them dry. Do not stand in the rain until you have to, seek cover. Wear a Hat or Visor.
- Race- DO NOT OVERDRESS!! I have worn a tank top in rainy races, often people think they will get cold and bundle up but your attire should be more based on the temperature. You will warm up once you get moving. The more you wear the HEAVIER the gear will be as it gets soggy. WHAT YOU SHOULD WEAR...Spandex are a great rainy run option, I swear by Drymax Socks and arm sleeves are a good way to keep your arms dry without heating up. Wear your race number on the layer you will wear when you cross the Finish Line. Keep an eye on the ground. Avoiding puddles can be difficult in a downpour but it is worth side-stepping to save your sneakers as long as you can.
- Post-Race- When you are done sweating and you start to cool-down you will notice the moisture. Pack a post-race bag with dry clothes, socks, shoes, etc.. There is nothing worse that standing around COLD to ruin your race day. Be sure to also toss in a plastic bag or two to house the soggy gear and shoes.
- PROTECT YOU ELECTRONICS= Rain and expensive phones, cameras, Ipods, etc do not mix!! Use a ziplock style baggie to keep moisture out. OR just leave those items at home.
- CHOSE YOUR ROUTE= This won't work on race day but does work for soggy runs. I have paths that have some tree cover, paths with MUD, trails that are prone to GIANT PUDDLES and sidewalks perfect for an easy rainy run. When you set out on a rainy day be mindful of the route you are taking, there is nothing worse than being splashed by a truck driving through a BIG PUDDLE. There is always the dun dun dun TREADMILL option :)
- FIND THE BEAUTY=Often people see the weather report and FREAK OUT!! Really you have no control over it. What good is it going to do you to get your heart rate up? Weather can mess with your race, I for one would NOT love to run a Marathon in the rain after watching Amanda, Harmony, Janna, Jess, Sarah and Stacie run Portland last year. You can't control the weather but you CAN control how you react to it. Find the Beauty in the rain and avoid letting yourself get caught up in the negatives. You never know, it could be the gentle mist to cruise to a cool PR.
- GET THE GEAR= As I mentioned above Drymax socks, and spandex are great for running in the rain. Some shoes are better in the rain than others, if you live in a rainy area think before you buy, keeping your feet dry is a priority. You will also need a Hat and top that will not totally absorb the water. There is a difference between a rain coat and a running rain coat. You want your top layer to be water resistant and breathable. I am not a fan of the swish swish swish type fabrics. TEST your gear on training runs. I once wore a coat in a rainy Half Marathon that was HORRIBLE, I had to carry it for 5 miles before tossing to Muscle Man. Products by Brooks HERE, Pearl Izumi HERE and Sugio HERE have served me well.
THOSE are my NO DUH TIPS..
What are yours??
What are yours??