Let it make you feel like a kid….or a badass. Embrace the chance to run in the rain and you won’t be disappointed. There are a few things you can do to prepare and ensure a good experience.
You will get wet
If you run in the rain you will get wet. Plan accordingly with a few dry things back at your car or by the door when you come into the house. Dry socks and a sweatshirt are my two essentials.
Check the temp
Here in California, often it warms up a few degrees when it rains. Not sure the science there but it’s a pattern. You may be plenty warm without the heavy jacket during your workout.
“Honestly, I wear as little as possible when I run in the rain,” admits Sarah Louie, one of my running clients. She recalls running in the rain in just a sports bra for high school cross country training on the secluded trails in the woods. “It was so fun!”
Not too many of us moms are running around in their sports bras, but a light weight shirt is better than a cotton tee that will soak up the water. Cotton yoga pants are a guaranteed problem too. Picking out light weight, wicking materials won’t weigh you down.
That sweat proof hat or visor is of course also waterproof. Wear that to keep the rain off your face. Head sweats is one brand among many, this one’s great.
Your favorite running shoes will be ready for the next run if you dry them after your run in the rain. Stuff them with newspaper, changing the paper every few hours till it’s dry. Newspaper is tougher to find these days, so I have found that lightweight packing paper works great for this too.
Last but not least, just remember that you won’t melt. Have fun running in the rain!
Keep moving mama.