Running in the rain
Let it make you feel like a kid….or a badass. Either way, 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.
Know 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 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 I've noticed. If it's not cold, 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 just their sports bras, but a light weight shirt is better than a rain soaked cotton tee. Cotton yoga pants are a guaranteed problem too. Pick out light weight wicking materials that won’t weigh you down.
Your favorite running shoes will be ready for the next run if you dry them well. 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 tearing up a paper grocery bag or using a postal wrapping paper like the one here works well too.
That sweat proof hat or visor you wear in the summer 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.
Last but not least, just remember....you won’t melt.
Have fun running in the rain!
Keep moving mama.
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