As the saying goes, March comes in like a lion and out like a lamb. This past week in New York has been no exception. We’ve seen gusty winds and nonstop rain. Hopefully, this means that summer will be extra awesome. In the meantime, we’re all stuck clocking our runs in the pouring rain. Here are some tips to make sure that you’re doing it effectively.
Wear a Technical Cap
Wearing a hat with a brim allows you to have much easier sight in many types of precipitation. Moisture-wicking and breathable is best. However, if it’s really cold out, you might want to add a headband underneath.
Wear the Right Materials
Simply layering up won’t do the trick. You’ll just end up wearing tons of heavy, wet clothes. A better bet is to keep moisture-wicking layers close to your skin. The outer layer should be a wind and waterproof jacket. My favorite jacket for withstanding the elements is my Boston Supernova Storm Jacket. It’s a trifecta of lightweight material, windproof fabric, and waterproof thread.
Vaseline is Your Friend
The reason why I chafed so horribly in that Kentucky race is that I ran during a downpour. When my running shorts got wet, they essentially turned into a burlap sack. Don’t let this happen to you. Make sure to put on some vaseline before your longer, rainy runs. Chafing is way easier when the skin is wet.
Use Garbage and Ziploc Bags
Garbage bags were officially cool after Bradley Cooper wore one in Silver Linings Playbook. They’re still the most “bang for your buck” raincoat for any runner. Of course, you also have to stay concerned for those electronics. Stash them in a Ziploc bag so that they don’t get destroyed by the elements.
Change Immediately After Your Run
Especially should be done after participating in a race. Not only will you feel much better, you will significantly lower your risk of hypothermia among other ailments.