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Christine Luff

Be Prepared for April Showers

By April 2, 2014

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Although April brings milder weather, it also means a greater chance of rain in the forecast. I don't mind running in the rain, as long as I'm wearing a hat with a brim, to keep the rain off my face. In fact, there have been some runs on hot, humid summer days when I actually wished it would rain!

Are you one of those runners who loves running in the rain? Have you ever done it before? If you do like to run in the rain or you want to try it, here's some advice for running in the rain:

Don't overdress. This is one the biggest mistakes runners make when heading out for a rainy run. Wearing more layers will not keep you dry. Unless you're running with an umbrella over your head, you'll 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.

Be visible. Select an outer layer that's light-colored or has reflective strips, since running in the rain often means poor visibility.

Prevent chafing. If you're running long, 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).

Get more tips for running in the rain.

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