With the Winter season fast approaching in San Francisco and after getting back from a nice wet 10 miler this morning down near ocean beach and watching all the bad ass ladies at the Nike Womens marathon (which btw I was so 😦 not to be running – good job everyone though).
I was inspired to write this piece with some tips and tricks of the trade about how to stay smiling during and after a wet run.
Dress in layers if its cold. If it’s very cold and rainy, you may need to wear a couple of layers. The most important layer is the one closest to your body. Make sure it’s a technical fabric such as polypropylene or CoolMax, which wick water and sweat away from your skin. The outer layer should be a wind- and water-resistant jacket.
Wear a hat with a brim. Cannot stress enough how great this is!! A hat with a brim can be your best friend during a rainy run. It will keep the rain off your face, so you can see, even in a downpour, which is great.
Don’t overdress. Once your wet your wet. This is one the biggest mistakes runners make when heading out for a rainy run. Wearing more layers will not keep you dry. Your gona get wet-end of story. If you have tons of layers on, you will just be wearing more wet, heavy clothes. Dress for the temperature, as if it were a dry day.
Avoid Chafing, when its wet your risk of chafing increase hugely. Your risk of chafing can increase – especially if you are going out for a long run. Your shorts could start to ride up, allowing your thighs to rub together, for instance. So it’s a good idea to apply sports lube (Body Glide or Vaseline) in vulnerable places — even if you tend to not chafe. I prefer vaseline but whatever works for you.
Never skip a run because of the rain, because you never know what it could be like on race day, plus running in the rain can be very peaceful and rewarding. Feel good about being tougher than the elements!!GO YOU!
Pay attention to where your actually running, what looks like a puddle may actually be a pothole!!(speaking from experience!!)
On race day USE A RUBBISH/GARBAGE BAG, throw on a rubbish bag when waiting for the start of your wave/race. Take it off after you get going but it can be very effective in keeping you dry while you wait to start.
Be seen. Wear an outer layer that’s light-colored or has reflective strips, since running in the rain often means poor visibility and cars don’t always faciliate for this, so be visible.
Watch out for slippery surfaces, roads and paths can be slick so just be mindful. Protect your electronics, waterproof them.
HYDRATE…it will be very natural for you to not feel thirsty while running in the cold but it is still very important that you hydrate during your run (before and after, too 😉
Have some warm clothes waiting for ya if you drove to you location or right after a race.
I cant speak about this one from experience but my running guy friends say vaseline on the nipples is a must!
After running pop some newspaper in your runners to soak up the wet and help keep their shape, and i have 3 pairs so I alternate between all 3, so I’m never without a pair and also it saves having to replace your shoes as often if you spread out the wear.
Enjoy running in whatever conditions your faces with, brave the elements and be rewarded for your hard work 🙂 Happy running everyone.x