When it comes to running in the rain, preparing for the inevitable downpour can help turn it into a truly invigorating experience. Although getting wet and cold weather can be a bit challenging for runners, wearing the appropriate gear can help keep you dry and cool and we bet you can rock bright-as-the-sun reflective running gear in style. This article will teach you how to properly dress like a pro for wet weather.
Tips For Running In The Rain
#1 Visibility - Rain often means low light conditions so select outer layers that are bright, high visibility, and have reflective detail to stay safe.
#2 Keep rain out of your eyes - Wearing something with a brim is one of the best ways to keep the rain out of your eyes. For cold, rainy runs in the 30s or 40s, consider adding a light beanie or headband for warmth.
#3 Prevent chafing - Chafing can happen whatever the weather but it can be much worse if you and your clothes are wet from the rain. Use an anti-chafe balm or petroleum jelly on your feet to help prevent blisters and on any other body part that may chafe.
#4 Take your clothes off - When you go home, take your wet clothes off, change into something dry, or immediately go to a warm shower.
#5 Drying your shoes - When you get back from your run, take off your running shoes, remove the insoles and stuff the shoes with newspaper or paper towels to help keep their shape which will also help get the stink and moisture out.
Essential Running Kit For The Rain
#1 Running Jacket
Invest in lightweight, waterproof and windproof running jackets that can keep the rain and wind out. Taped seams and reflectivity are crucial features.
These jackets may not be as breathable as running-specific jackets, but they do a great job of keeping the rain out.
A decent waterproof running jacket will be sweat-wicking and ventilated to keep you cool and dry. Try an ultralight rain-resistant running jacket or vest for warmer rainy runs.
#2 Running Bottoms
Compression tights are a far better option when jogging in the rain, as they are constructed of sweat-wicking technical fabrics and come in a variety of designs, from above-the-knee shorts to complete hip-to-ankle coverage.
They're lightweight, fit like a second-skin for natural movement and yes, they will get wet – but water will act in the same way as sweat and dry quickly once you’re undercover.
Surprisingly, technical (non-cotton) running shorts can be your ideal rainy weather running clothing, keeping you light and less vulnerable to dampness.
Some runners prefer to wear compression shorts underneath loose-fitting running shorts for coverage and chafe protection in rainy conditions.
A running cap or visor with a brim provides an on-the-go shield to keep your face and eyes clear of rain and improve your eyesight, as tempting as it is to throw on a fuzzy beanie.
A fleece headband or buff head tube can be worn over your ears beneath your cap to keep them warm during colder sweat sessions.
#4 Running Socks
Your feet must be as dry as possible to avoid nasty things like Athlete's foot fungus from collecting in between your toes.
Invest in a decent pair of technical running socks to keep your feet cool and moisture away from your skin, which will help to prevent blisters and irritation.
Technical and sweat-wicking fabrics, mesh ventilation under your arch, flat seams, and a snug fit are all features to seek for.
#5 Running Shoes
Whether you're jogging on trails or roads, the slippery conditions might cause you to slow down or even injure yourself.
When you’ve got damp due to puddles, dewy grass, and muddy trails, uncomfortable footwear and blisters are a concern too.
#6 Running Gears
When choosing the correct running bag, pay attention to the bag's straps. To run comfortably, you'll need one with shoulder, chest, and waist straps.
The shoulder straps should be padded and wide enough to equally distribute weight, the chest strap should be adjustable, and all straps should be adjustable.
Second, have a look at the bag's capacity. 8-12L is usually more than enough room for all your belongings and a decent starting point for running – don't overpack your bag, the lighter the better.