Running in the Rain Tips

Fall is here and, in many places, the days are getting shorter and the weather is getting colder and… wetter. For most, that means taking your runs inside, but for some that means running in the rain. While at first it seems daunting, running in the rain can be used as an opportunity to build your stamina, mental toughness, and also be an exhilarating change of pace to liven up your exercise routine.

These tips for rainy day runs can help you enjoy your run, Rain or Shine:

1. Prevent your clothes from rubbing you the wrong way. Before getting dressed spread Outdoor balm on the parts of your body most likely to get rubbed and chafed. Outdoor balm works to reduce the friction and irritation between your skin and wet clothes that leads to rubbing, chafing and blisters. Your feet, underarms, nipples, and inner thighs are all susceptible and to getting chafed during rainy runs because, no matter how hard you try, you will get wet somewhere.

2. Keep rain out of your eyes. Wear a visor or a hat with a brim to help your eyes stay clear and focused on what is in front of you.  In really heavy downpours, when a hat just won’t cut it, a good pair of running glasses is a must. Make sure to use a good anti-fog lens cleaner beforehand to save you from constantly having to wipe them down.Keeping the rain out of your eyes is a must on runs and will make for a more comfortable experience, so a hat with a brim or a visor is a necessity. Wearing a waterproof beanie or cap under your hat will ensure that your head is the driest and warmest part of your body at the end of your run.

3. Choose your layers wisely. Running in cooler and wetter weather poses the question of how to stay warm, but not too warm.  The answer is to find a layering system that works for you and your body temperature.  A snug fitting, moisture wicking base layer is your best choice for the top and bottom.  Loose or baggy clothing will get wet and heavy weighing you down and increasing the chance of friction against your skin.  No matter your layer system, finishing it off with a breathable, water resistant jacket is key for keeping your core warm and dry.

4. Make sure to be seen. As the days get shorter you may have to run in darker conditions. Wear a bright colored jacket so you can be more easily seen.  Other options include wearing a reflective vest, or lights while you run.

5. Don’t forget about your feet. Wet feet are more prone to rubbing and blisters.  Moisture wicking socks work wonders to keep your feet as dry as possible. Inevitably they will get wet so an application of Outdoor balm, or Foot Glide balm is recommended to ensure your feet stay happy while running through puddles.

6. Change out of wet clothes as soon as possible. Staying in wet clothes will chill you after a run.  Once you’ve changed, lay your clothes out to dry and pay special attention to your shoes. Remove the soles, and stuff them with newspaper or paper towels to help them dry faster and reduce the chance of them getting smelly.

Don’t Forget:

Pushing yourself no matter the weather forecast is key to building stamina and mental fortitude- key traits in all runners from amateurs to seasoned pros and using Outdoor balm helps to make those rainy day runs just a little easier.

Do you have any other tips for rainy day runs? Let us know in the comments!

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