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Working Out in the Rain

Do You Work Out in the Rain?

For almost two weeks we've been getting a lot of rain where I live, which is pretty unusual. The first few nights were nice — the thunder and lightning were exciting, and I felt cozy bundled up inside. By the weekend I was over it. I couldn't go for a hike or a bike ride, and climbing was definitely out of the question.

Despite only heading to the gym and the yoga studio for my workouts, I did notice a very small number of runners and cyclists braving it in this weather. Some of them were decked out in head-to-toe weatherproof gear, while others didn't seem to care. Regardless of what they were wearing, I thought it was still very punk rock of them. These weren't pleasant afternoon showers I'm talking about — more like torrential downpours. Also, it was cold!

A menacing storm couldn't keep these folks from their workouts! Tell me . . .

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Allytta Allytta 7 years
i use rain as excuse to stay work out free :) but i'm working on it...
Autumns_Elegy Autumns_Elegy 7 years
Punk rock? I think the word your after is "hardcore." :p I'd love to run in the rain, but when it rains here it gets DARK so it's just dangerous. Otherwise I totally would.
Spectra Spectra 7 years
If it's drizzling or lightly raining, I'll run outside but if it's POURING, I stay in and use the elliptical.
sparklestar sparklestar 7 years
Yes, I run in any weather. I even went running on sheet ice !!
flyowsley flyowsley 7 years
Have to, I live in Portland. Also, my dog has to take two walks a day or he gets whiny. Other than the walks I stick to my stationary recumbent bike and my tae bo tapes.
GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 7 years
I sure do. I like it. I find it refreshing.
Swedeybebe Swedeybebe 7 years
Started my training for the Napa to Sonoma half, so I had to get out there regardless of the weather. I'm in the Bay Area as well and realized I actually do love running in the rain! It keeps me cool. I just don't necessarily like it after my run, gotta get dry ASAP or I freeze!
runningesq runningesq 7 years
I'll run in any weather but I don't often bike outside when it's raining - way too dangerous: my road tires get slick, making my chance of a crash greater, and there are more car accidents. I LOVE swimming in the rain (no lightning of course, just rain).
kclulu kclulu 7 years
It doesn't rain much where I live so when it does rain I have no problems running outside in it. It makes me feel like a kid again:)
kia kia 7 years
I was at Humboldt State when the area broke a 100-year precipitation record in 2003 with over 30" in the month of April, I loved working out outside that month. You knew you were gonna get soaked and you just went for it. I love running in the rain though, especially trail running when you sometimes slide on the mud. Last night I ran as it started snowing and just saw a pack of runners go by my window in the new powder.
Susmita Susmita 7 years
I wouldn't bike in heavy rain, although sometimes when I bike to work, those afternoon thunderstorms get me... But running in the rain is fine. A baseball cap to keep the rain from directly hitting my face helps a lot (and the fact that I wear contacts!).
ticamorena ticamorena 7 years
even though I'll be half blind from the rain and condensation on my glasses (when will they create automated wipers for glasses? hate exercising in contacts!) I looooove rainy, windy, thundery runs and bike rides through the woods
laellavita laellavita 7 years
i was going to run outside today, but it's snowing outside! i've run in a drizzle before, which turned into actual rain by the end of my run, and my running buddy and i looked like drowned rats. it was a badge of honor though, in a very twisted way, but there is no way i'd do it regularly.
lydialee_home lydialee_home 7 years
I don't mind to run outdoor if it is just drizzling, but the last 2 weeks in Bay area was terrible. I change my routine slightly so that I can run 16 miles outdoor on Sunday when it's dry (I normally do that on Sat). Other than that, I have to do some of my mid-week run on treadmill (it was pouring during my morning workout time and there's no way I can run outdoor)
acidicCL acidicCL 7 years
definitely. one of my favorite memories ever is hiking 44 miles in 24 hours, including the hours 11 pm - 6 am which were spent walking through a t-storm with only a trash bag to protect myself and my 20 lb pack. that said, i wouldn't do it regularly.
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