As autumn is a transitional season, it can be that it rains for several days without stopping. This makes training difficult, especially the part where you motivate yourself to leave the house. With the right frame of mind and suitable equipment you'll find that the rain is no longer a hindrance to your training runs. You can even use the rain to lower your body temperature so you can run for longer and burn more calories. In this post we're sharing some tips on how to run in the rain, covering this element like we have the cold, the wind and snow and ice:
Wear some old shoes. The rain makes the ground much softer, which is why it's best not to wear your newest shoes. Make sure, though, that the old shoes have enough tread on them to run properly. After your run, fill your shoes with old newspaper to dry them out - don't put the shoes in the dryer! This could destroy them and, as is the case with clothes, they could shrink!
Don't forget to wear headgear. It is well known that most body heat is lost through the head, which is why you should always wear something on your head when running in the rain. Like this you won't lose warmth unnecessarily. The best gear for the job is a waterproof beanie with a rim - this will keep your head dry and rain will not get in your face as easily.
Don't wear too many clothes. Only put on what you need to stay warm. Too many layers get heavy after a while, especially when wet from the rain, and they end up not providing enough heat. A warm baselayer and a waterproof layer on the top are usually enough.
Stay visible. In autumn, the days get steadily darker and visibility is not as good, so we recommend wearing bright colours or clothing with reflective elements when you go running. This is particularly useful when running on roads, as drivers can be easily distracted by heavy rain. Safety first at all times!
Leave your phone at home. This is probably the toughest tip for runners who can't exercise without music, but take into account that there is a high risk of moisture getting inside your pocket and destroying your phone. Of course, this only applies to gadgets that are not waterproof.
Watch your step. Wet leaves and branches on the street can be just as dangerous as deep puddles. If you don't plan properly where to put your feet you risk getting hurt. Check the route ahead of you and turn your run into a little obstacle course.
Source: Under Armour