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Running or Biking in the Rain

Do You Work Out in the Rain?

My weekend saw a lot of rain. While I was content to stay dry indoors, I noticed quite the opposite from folks in my neighborhood. I passed at least five rain-soaked runners on my way to the local coffee shop, and while on my way to visit a friend, a handful of cyclists zipped by me, biking through multiple puddles in their path.

I will almost always choose exercising outdoors over the gym — except when it's raining. Besides being caught in an unexpected downpour during a hike, I've never exercised in the rain. My klutzy tendencies coupled with slippery surfaces don't seem like a good mix! Running in the rain doesn't have to be avoided — there are some people who actually prefer to brave the elements during their run. And for runners and cyclists who may be training for a race, having past experiences with being outdoors during a storm can help prepare them for the unexpected if there is rain on their race day.

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Yes, and I don't mind it one bit if I'm lucky to ride in a shower during the heat of the summer. I can even start out in the rain on my bike or running if it's warm, but it's much harder to get going if it is cold. It's just part of it.
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