May 16, 2012

Rainy day runs

More than half of my last 14 runs have been in the rain and I couldn't be happier! Running in the rain reminds me of being a kid and jumping in puddles -- not caring how soaked my clothes or shoes got. I've done 16 and 20 milers in torrential downpours -- literally buckets of water -- and I remember laughing in the middle of both and just having the greatest time. (Though, in fairness, it doesn't take much to excite me mid-16 or 20 miler.)

I don't have any fancy-schmancy rain gear -- and personally I don't think it's necessary-- however, there are a few things I do to make rainy runs more pleasant.
  • Wear a water-resistant (ish) jacket with a hood. The chances of you finding a jacket that keeps you from getting soaked in downpours are slim to none, but a basic windbreaker with a hood will (usually) keep you relatively dry long enough for you to warm up and get over the rain. I recommend this one from Nike.
  • Wear a hat. It won't keep your head dry but it does keep the water out of your eyes so at least you can see. Which is always important.
  • Don't wear cotton. I don't think you should wear cotton ever on runs but I think this especially true in rain. Cotton holds in the water so you'll be chilly -- and you'll get some pretty nasty blisters if you wear cotton socks. 
  • Wrap any electronics in plastic. If I'm doing a long run in the rain, chances are good I have my phone on me (safety first) and while it's tucked away in my Camelbak, those things aren't meant to be submerged in water. To prevent damage, I always toss mine into a little plastic baggie.   
  • Smile and wave to other runners. You already feel like a crazy badass -- and they probably do too. So why not acknowledge your insane-runner selves and say hello? Sometimes I even go as far as making a joke. "Great day for a run, aye?" Sounds corny now but trust me -- it always gets both of us to giggle.
  • If there's lightning, abort. Water is one thing but if you see flashes of light, find shelter and wait it out. Even if that means hiding in a super-classy administrative building at Harvard. It's fine. No ones judging you.
  • Just deal with it. Look, I get that the idea of running in the rain -- especially when it's windy and chilly -- sounds horrible. And while non-runners may think it's a good excuse to stay in, you know better. And you also know that the first step is the hardest. So stop complaining -- it's not going to help the situation. Just suck it up and go! You won't regret it.  
And now, on a completely unrelated note, how handsome does Little Greg look in this photo?
Total rockstar.


  1. Ooh he's so dapper. And for realz about the lightning bit. Sandy was out running in a rain storm once and it started lightning so she ducked into the only thing she could find: a bus stop. A nice driver stopped and offered her a lift home since it wasn't going to stop anytime soon. THERE ARE GOOD PEOPLE IN THE WORLD!

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