All you need is a decent gilet to keep your core warm-ish and dry-ish. The rest of you can get wet, it won't hurt and you won't get cold as long as you keep moving. You have no way of knowing what kind of conditions you'll have for a race so make a virtue of going out in the worst of the weather.
So basically - toughen up, princess!
The last time I ditched a run it was because my Reynaud's syndrome was kicking up and my hands were in physical pain due to the cold.
Really, if you're planning a picnic or something, rain is a PITA, but otherwise there really can't be many excuses. You get wet when you run anyway, assuming you sweat at all. Whether you're out there for two hours or 30 mins, once you're wet you're wet. You'll be deliberately splashing in puddles once you get into the swing of things. Then you've got a nice shower to look forward to when you get back, plus the smugness that comes with knowing that you're not a wuss.
Don't run in a fleece, it'll get heavy and sodden in the rain. Wear some thin base layers and maybe a windproof layer on top to keep out the chill.
MAN UP, GET RUNNING!
Once out I find it enjoyable and take a slightly perverse pleasure from the looks I get when I run past people hurrying for cover. I think mentally they are really positive runs.
I must be a little strange as i quite like running in the rain. Takes my mind off everything else.
..... and as said best get used to it as what happens if come race day its pi$$ing it down??
I think when it comes to comfortable running in the rain, it's a matter of dressing to at least keep out the wind chill, whilst accepting the fact that you're gonna get wet. So thin, light layers with something windproof over the top. Unless it's really cold I'll wear shorts all year round, and maybe double up with some lycra under the normal running shorts. Then it's one or two light technical layers, with something like this from Decathlon. Pretty basic but it keeps the wind out.
You can spend silly money on waterproof gear but as I said, you get wet anyway from sweat, and something that's genuinely waterproof will just make you sweat more. I'd spend good money on a heavier, waterproof jacket for something like trekking or skiing (Goretex, etc), but not for running.
I dislike running in the rain and will not do so if I can help it. Light drizzle is fine. No one really notices that but today it is heavy and it is cold and I will not run in it.Regardless of what you wear you will get cold, you will get wet. It effects everyone differently but I do not get warm when running. I have been running in the middle of summer in bright sunshine and still felt very cold. I wear a hat and gloves throughout the year.
I actually think that you are better off wearing less when it is this wet. A lightweight windproof jacket and a similar base layer. Ditch the fleece. I'm not sure why anyone would want one except for warming up and cooling down. It is just an extra thick layer that gets very wet then seems to cool you right down.
I don't like long bottoms either. 3/4 are good as they at least attempt to keep my knees warm. Tech fabrics do shed water a lot quicker than others.
I do have Raynauds and I know that it is particularly bad. White hands and feet and blue ears and earache. I really don't like running when every footfall is painfull.
hypothermia is a risk in the current temperatures. I should know. Been hospitalised with hypothermia before now and it wasn't the coldest of days. If you are out in this weather hypothermia can be a result of exposure. Guess it depends on how long you are out for but my long runs can be up to 5hrs including cycling there and back.
My Raynauds kicks in when I get the milk out of the fridge.
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