You know it well, “April showers do spring May flowers.” However that does not mean that we have to start running indoors, on the contrary, you can enjoy your routine race in the rain. How? We point out a few tips that you can follow for running in the rain.
1.Be aware, You’re going to get wet
First of all, be mindful of the fact that you’re going to get wet. Even using waterproof clothing it is difficult to stay in the rain for a long time and not get wet because those clothes have a limit and are not as breathable because body heat and excessive sweating can lead to a type of condensation inside.
2. Dress in layers and lightweight
Be sure to dress according to the temperature and not time. Because if you are too warm because it is raining, this will lead you to sweat more and that is not the goal. If it’s windy, consider wearing a windbreaker jacket on your top layer.
3. Eat/stretch inside
Warming up in a refugee site before leaving will cause your body to be hot when you go out and you can go out to run directly when you step on the asphalt, avoiding that you decide not to do it if you have to do all this process under the rain.
4. Wear a hat
Wear a hat or visor to keep the rain out of your face and also help block the wind. This is especially critical if you wear glasses. Wearing gloves is also a good idea.
5. Wear specific socks that absorb moisture
It is inevitable that you step in a puddle while running and if you wear cotton socks will soak and it is not nice to run with them wet. Some people use plastic bags to cover the socks thinking that it will not penetrate the water, but in the same way, you will end up with wet and cold feet.
6. Keep electronic devices safe
It’s obvious. Take a backpack/bag to store your mobile or mp3. Nowadays there are multiple articles that sell so that these devices are safe and take up very little. There are some that through the plastic you can use the mobile without any problem, you adjust it to the arm and ready to run!
7. Wear visible clothing
Use reflective materials or light colors to increase your visibility. If you complement your outfit with LED lights it would be ideal. It is the same as cars, if it rains they have to be more visible by turning on the lights because the same happens to the runners, we have to make ourselves visible.
8. If you are going to attend a race, carry a plastic bag
While you are waiting for the race to start, put the plastic bag on top (usually garbage to cover us) to keep dry and keep you cool.
9. After the race, take out the templates and fill the sports shoes in newspapers
This is done so that the shoe maintains its shape. If they are very soaked you may have to do this process a couple of times. You will see it as the paper moistens more or not.
What you should not do under any circumstances is to put them directly on the radiator or in a dryer, as it will damage the rubber and the glue that gives it shape. If you need to use a heat source, use a dryer with the speed to the minimum.
It would be ideal to have 2-3 pairs of shoes to alternate when you run in these conditions.
10. When you’re running, be careful and watch where you step
The puddles can cover defects in the roads and if you step on the wrong way you can injure yourself. In addition, the asphalt tends to be slippery with rain so moderate your pace and relax as much as you can.
Referring again to the subject of visibility, be careful with cars and bikes as they tend to have less visibility with rain.
11. Don’t forget to hydrate yourself
Running in the rain or with low temperatures can reduce your desire to drink water, in addition to wearing several layers of clothing can increase your perspiration. But even if you do not sweat or are not thirsty there are also risks of dehydration so do not forget to drink water!
They are basic tips that if you follow them you will end up hooked to running in the rain.
And you, what guidelines do you follow when you go running in the rain?