Finding the motivation to run in the rain is tough, but getting out of the door is the hardest part. Once you’re running, the wet weather and puddle-dodging are exhilarating. And logging the miles in a downpour is a surefire way to feel hardcore.
Wet-weather runs can give you a mental advantage if you’re training for an event, too. Knowing you’ve run in all conditions means you’re prepared for any weather race day throws at you.
So charge your NURVV Run, pull on those trainers and follow our rainy-day run tips – you’re not made of sugar, after all.
1. Wear the right gear
Ever heard the saying there’s no such thing as bad weather, just bad gear? While it’s not 100% true – no running jacket is going to help you in a monsoon – the right kit can definitely make the difference between a soggy, cold run and a warm and slightly drier one.
These wet-weather basics will make rainy runs much more comfortable:
- A cap – a hat with a brim keeps rain out of your eyes (especially important if you wear contact lenses) meaning you can actually see as you run. Go for a running-specific one made from breathable fabric.
- A water or wind-resistant jacket – don’t run in a fully waterproof jacket as waterproof fabric traps moisture and warmth, meaning you’ll soon overheat. Instead, opt for a lightweight wind and water-resistant layer.
- Shoes – if you have more than one pair of running shoes, choose those with the best tread to give you more grip on wet and slippery surfaces.
2. Dress for the temperature
When it’s raining outside it’s tempting to wear ALL the layers but you’ll soon get too hot. Instead, check the weather forecast and dress for the temperature.
In most cases, a lightweight rain jacket over your usual sweat-wicking running top should be fine. On warmer days skip the jacket – you’ll end up carrying it – and accept the fact you’re going to get slightly wet.
3. Waterproof your gadgets
NURVV Run is rain- and mud-proof, so no need to worry about running through puddles (although leave puddle jumping till the home strait to prevent waterlogged shoes). Our trackers even allow you to record your run phone-free, so you can leave your phone at home and still capture all your running data.
If you are taking your phone and it isn’t water resistant, keep it in a waterproof pocket or small ziplock plastic bag to protect it from rain.
4. Banish the chafe
Chafing can happen on any run but add rain and wet clothes into the mix and you’re more likely to get rubbing.
Lube up with some Vaseline or Body Glide pre-run. Apply it in the places you usually get chafing or blisters such as your inner thighs, under your arms, around your sports bra and on your feet.
5. Think of it as mental training
Not every run is going to be a crisp and sunny jog through the park and rainy runs will make you appreciate those dry ones even more.
The added challenge of wet weather and going out when you really don’t want to, is good mental training. It trains you to push through when the going gets tough – in the final miles of a race for example.
If you’re training for an event, it could be raining on race day, too. All those rainy training runs will mean you’re well prepared and know what kit and mindset work best for you in wet weather.
6. Go hi-vis
Visibility can be lower on rainy days so make sure you wear a bright layer or some reflective strips on your clothing to ensure cars can see you.
7. Get changed quickly
Makes sense but as soon as you get in from a rainy run, strip off those clothes. Having wet clothes next to your skin lowers your body temperature.
Stuff wet shoes with newspaper to help them dry.
8. On race day
If you’re taking part in a running event on a rainy day, pack a bin bag to wear in the starting pens. Add some arm and neck holes and it’ll keep you warm and dry while you wait.
Take some older running shoes and socks and wear these before you check in your gear so you’re starting the race with dry feet. And don’t forget dry clothes, socks, shoes and underwear to travel home in.
9. Know when to take it indoors
While running in the rain can make you feel like Rocky, there are times when it’s best to hit the treadmill instead.
If there’s a thunderstorm, stick to the ‘mill, you don’t want to get struck by lightning. The same goes if you’re interval training or running at a faster pace – wet pavements can be slippy, you’ll hit faster paces more safely indoors.