RAIN! I have come from perfect weather to RAIN! Ugh if New York wasn’t the greatest city on earth I would literally be on a plane back to Southern California yesterday. BUT rain isn’t a death sentence it’s a little rain! And despite how much I hate commuting or walking in it, I LOVE running in the rain. The time goes by faster, I feel refreshed and there’s an added element of danger because at any moment you can slip and fall on your face.
So what changes when you run in the rain? It depends. Is it drizzling? Is it raining? Is it a downpour? Is there a hurricane? (If it's a hurricane get inside you crazy person. Though kudos to you for trying to get a workout in.) Here’s some rainy day tips I have picked up along the way.
If there is any threat of rain, put your electronics (Iphone, Android, Smart Phone, Ipod) into a Ziploc bag. A second alternative to the trusty Ziploc bag is to wear some sort of waterproof device like a case or arm band. I wore a waterproof iphone arm band during my last San Diego summer because when I was out marathon training for 3-4 hours in 80 degree temperatures my phone would get drenched in sweat. Disclaimer, waterproof arm bands are a tad on the bulky side and took some getting used to. It was giant. In the beginning I felt like there was a giant inconvenience on my arm, but it worked really well. And I could take it swimming. (Click here to check it out) A new running friend recently recommended getting an Otterbox or an Incipio for this coming summer both of which are waterproof cases. So I am going to be trying that as well.
Here’s some reviews from wirecutter on waterproof cases (CLICK HERE)
(Anyone find anything besides a Ziploc bag that works wonders for wet runs? Let me know I am in the market for some new goodies.)
Regardless keep those electronics dry! I double Ziploc JUST to be safe.
Now, let's talk what to wear.
HATS! If it is raining wear a hat or a visor! (Whether it is raining or not you should wear a hat. Protect your skin!) But wearing a hat in the rain helps SO MUCH with keeping the pelting bullets of wetness from hitting your face. ESPECIALLY if it is windy! It can be so uncomfortable constantly being pelted in the face by rain. Wear a hat. (I tuck my hood into my hat if it’s windy. I look really weird but oddly it helps.)
If it’s drizzling I don’t wear a waterproof shell. I opt for a sweat wicking long if it’s 50 degrees or below and a short sleeve sweat whicking t-shirt if it’s above 60 degrees. (I recommend wearing shorts if you can wear them and if the weather permits. They are very good at helping you not feel wet.) But if there is liquid falling from the sky, let’s face it, you are going to get wet. Just plan on it. Don’t fight it, just let it happen. And enjoy it.
More than a drizzle-
For anything heavier than a drizzle I wear sweat wicking running capris, sweat wicking socks (to help keep my feet semi dry), a short sleeve running shirt and a waterproof shell. Now here’s my thing with a shell/waterproof jacket, if it’s above 50 degrees you are probably going sweat and have water condense on the inside which means you’re going to get a little wet. They help keep you semi dry, which makes a difference, but you will get wet. Waterproof running jackets can be EXPENSIVE (About $75-$250). I got my Nike waterproof shell at Nordstrom rack for $40 on sale AND I LOVE IT. It’s pink, it’s light, it keeps me on the drier side, it has pockets on the inside and outside and it’s really groovy looking. I really dig it. I have gotten so much use out of it over on the East Coast. In San Diego I think I wore it twice. But it was a very wise investment. I highly recommend it. If you don’t have one, get one. They are awesome.
Post Run: When you get back from your run you can help make your shoes dry faster by taking out the insoles and putting newspaper in them. It works as odd as it sounds. And then take a nice warm shower! It’s the best feeling coming back from a wet run and getting into a hot shower. It’s just one of the finer things in life like chocolate and sample sales.
What do you guys do to keep dry on a rainy run? Any tips, tricks and gear you dig? Send them my way firstname.lastname@example.org and keep those selfies and "why I run stories" coming! I've got another soggy run ahead of me. Stay dry!