If you are a serious runner, chances are you won’t be letting a little rain stop you from getting in a good run. You probably also know that running in the rain poses specific difficulties and risks. Some of the obvious dangers include blisters, hypothermia and ruined running shoes, but most of all running in the rain just plain sucks.
Keep your Feet Dry
The first step in effectively running in the rain is having a plan on how to stay dry. Staying dry is not just good for comfort, it also can prevent painful blisters that make it difficult to run the next day. The best way to prevent these painful blisters is to make sure you have dry socks. It may seem like common sense, but many runners overlook the simple likelihood that they will run through a puddle that will soak their shoes and socks—and who wants to focus on avoiding puddles when they are trying to run?
If you are not able to invest in a pair of waterproof socks, minimize your chance of developing blisters by bringing an extra pair of socks to change into. If you were thinking about wearing an extra pair of socks, don’t bother. While extra socks are helpful in staying warm, they are actually worst for running in the rain. The more wet materials you are wearing, the worst you are being on your feet.
Even if the weather is mild, staying warm is an important consideration to have when running in the rain. Wet clothing cools your body temperature rapidly, and when combined with cooler temperatures can be just as dangerous as running in extremely cold temperatures. Wearing warm outerwear is the best way to stay warm, but before you throw on a sweatshirt and a coat, make sure that you choose something waterproof and lightweight. A comfy sweatshirt will feel great at first, but once it has been soaked in the rain it will not be very warm.
Also, be sure to remove wet clothing as soon as possible to prevent any of the dangers of hypothermia. As soon as you are able to get into a warm environment, remove any of the wet stuff and take a warm shower. It will make you feel better after a nice long run.
Save Your Shoes
If you have to run in the rain your running shoes are going to get wet. There is no way around that. So, if you know that your shoes are going to get wet, it’s best to know how to deal with them. Dry your shoes faster by putting absorbent materials such as newspaper in your shoes. The newspaper also helps your shoes maintain their shape and size while they are drying. Wet shoes are definitely annoying, but shoes that no longer fit are way worse.
Running in the rain can be fun, if you are prepared and know how to do it safely. Keep your feet dry, stay warm, and spend a little time on your shoes, and you should be able to run year round.
Author Bio: Jessica Bongiorno is an avid fitness/nutrition guru and independent distributor of It Works Body Wraps, along with a whole line of It Works products. Jess is a firm believer that with the right combination of proper fitness, diet, and a little help from new helpful products, anybody can live a life where they look and feel great all the time.