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Christine Luff

Rain Won't Ruin Your Race

By September 22, 2011

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A lot of runners I know are running races this weekend and they've been constantly checking the forecast on weather.com. Right now, they're calling for rain, which has a lot of them totally freaking out. While it's not perfect race day weather, a cool, rainy day definitely beats a sunny, warm one. Once you're running, you won't even notice the rain anymore. But here are tips to help keep you as comfortable as possible:

Dress in layers. If it's 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 (not cotton), which will wick water and sweat away from your skin. Your outer layer (if necessary) should be a wind- and water-resistant jacket or vest.

But don't overdress. This is one the biggest mistakes runners make during rainy runs. Wearing more layers will not keep you dry. Unless you're running with an umbrella over your head, you will definitely get wet. If you have tons of layers on, you'll just be wearing more wet, heavy clothes. Dress for the temperature, as if it were a dry day.

Use a garbage bag. When you're waiting at the starting line, a big trash bag with armholes and a neck hole cut out can help you stay dry. You can take it off and throw it to the side once you get moving.

Wear a hat. A hat with a brim can be your best friend during a rainy run. It will keep the rain off your face.

Wear old running shoes and socks to the start.  When waiting at the start, keep your race shoes and socks in a plastic bag to keep them dry. You can check your old shoes in your gear check bag, and put on your race shoes and socks right before you head to the starting line.  If it has stopped raining by then, you'll be able to run the race in dry shoes and socks.

Prevent chafing. Spread Body Glide or Vaseline on parts of your body where you would normally chafe or get blisters -- such as your feet, inner thighs, underarms, sports bra lines (women), and nipples (men). (This is good advice for marathon running whether it's raining or not!)


September 23, 2011 at 12:26 am
(1) tp says:

I love running in the rain. My best runs and races are in the rain.

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