It’s raining out there, Minneapolis! It’s wet, it’s muddy, and it’s probably not your favorite time to run.
But don’t fret! Just because it’s raining, doesn’t mean you should skip your run. My husband and I ran the Twin Cities Marathon in 2008, when it was pouring rain the entire time. And afterwards, we both remarked on what an adventure it was. We still had good experiences.
Rain does not mean “no run!” In fact, Runner’s World Magazine just listed “3 Ways to Love Runs in the Rain!” (This is completely sourced from Runner’s World, I take no credit!)
1. SUIT UP- A hat with a brim is crucial for keeping water out of your eyes. A water proof jacket will keep your torso dry and free of chafing. Coat your feet with petroleum jelly to prevent blisters. Wear old shoes; the cushioning in soaked ones never fully recovers.
2. MAKE A SPLASH- Save serious runs for nicer days. Running fast on slick roads or muddy trails could lead to falls, and long, wet outings to hypothermia. Instead, embrace the rain with a short, easy run, making a point to jump in big puddles.
3. DRY OFF- Get out of wet clothes and into a warm shower as soon as possible. Stuff shoes with newspaper to help them dry out quickly. Don’t put them in the dryer; it damages the infrastructure.