Has your neck of the woods been slammed with crazy amounts of rain? Some people think it's easier than running in the heat and humidity, so if you don't let a little sprinkle hold you back from your outdoor runs, then keep these tips in mind.
- Wear bright-colored clothes or a waterproof headlamp so other cars and people can see you.
- Don't wear cotton shorts or pants that will absorb the rain. Go for lightweight bottoms made of fabric that will repel water.
- Cotton socks are a no-no. Find ones made out of wool or some other wicking material. Also steer clear of puddles — wet feet can cause blisters.
- Get yourself some waterproof sneakers to use specifically for rainy runs.
- If it's really coming down, then wear a raincoat or some kind of waterproof layer on top that will repel the raindrops so the water beads off you and doesn't get absorbed into your clothes. Extra water weight makes moving harder.
- If you listen to music, then cover your iPhone or whatever you use with a waterproof case or, if you don't have one, just use a ziplock baggie. Poke a little hole in the back so the clip can sneak through. No, it's not the coolest thing, but it's way better than having to buy a new iPhone. Also get a set of waterproof headphones. If you see any signs of an electrical storm, then take those earbuds out of your ears.
- Wear sunglasses to prevent water from pelting your eyeballs. A hat is a good idea too; it can shield water from your eyes and your face.
- Try to stay away from roads. Cars whizzing by can splash puddles onto you, so not only will you be soaked, but you'll be thoroughly annoyed too.
- Don't be too hard on yourself. You may not be able to run as long, as far, or in certain places, so just enjoy the time you have, and don't try to set any personal records. Just be proud that you're out there in the first place.
- You're not going to melt in a little rain, but lightning is another story. When you see flashes or hear thunder, the safest thing to do is get inside. You can work on strength training or stretching instead.