Running in the cold rain

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27/03/2009 at 15:10

Is miserable......

 9 miles this lunchtime in the driving rain (more like sleet as had some hail mixed in for good measure). Completed in just under an hour on a mixed gradient course.

My legs below my shorts were stinging by the end and my hands were frozen. Felt like I was running against some powerful force so it did drive me forward with a certain grit and determination (although as I was running I had a sense that the accompanying wind was driving me backwards and slowing me down!).

Anyway, how do the rest of you feel about running in the rain and wind?

27/03/2009 at 15:12
I prefer not to go out in it if its like that, but if it is and its the only time i have for the run then i go. If it starts while I am out then i have no choice and just do it.
27/03/2009 at 15:13

Sadly it started while I was out (and it was the only time I could fit a run in today).

I know what you mean though.

27/03/2009 at 15:22

prefer to run in the rain,as long as a nice shower is available after

its the wind i dislike

27/03/2009 at 15:42
Yeah, don't like it too much - The rain isn't so bad but hate strong winds. But have never missed a run due to the weather, just get out there, and it's a really good feeling once you get back.
27/03/2009 at 15:44
i agree with julie i really enjoy it when i get back ,i am so used to my better half saying i,m a nutter
27/03/2009 at 15:54

I hate starting out in rain, I often wimp out to be honest and reschedule it to the next day as long as I can still fit in all the runs I planned to do that week. If it starts raining while I'm already going and warmed up however I don't mind it, sometimes it's even enjoyable, as it cools me down.

Strong winds are just annoying no matter what though.

27/03/2009 at 16:57
I'm with you sheddy — rain not a problem, but I can't bear running when it's windy!
27/03/2009 at 19:25
i run because of the rain! it is a glorious thing saying that though 30minuets in the elements isn't that bad!
27/03/2009 at 19:52
I don't mind running in the rain - the thing is though, that water makes my shoes stink!
Dustboy    pirate
27/03/2009 at 20:48

Did an hour in the lake district this morning in cold hail and wet and wind and stuff. Normally, I love the cold wet running weather but the hail stung and I was covering my face with my glove, soft Southern Jesse that I am.

Got back to my hotel and looked down to find my shirt all bloodsoaked. Looked around for the local werewolf (as we were staying at tthe Slaughtered Lamb I think) but no wolf.

Turns out it was my first bloodshed from joggers nipple and by heck it hurts in the shower after, as does the Sudocreme later. 

But what a place to run! Well lumpy and some great interval work and clean fresh air.

And a full cookie brekky after, on the company. Life doesn't get much better and it wasn't even 9am yet.

Back in the smoke now, just in time to get to the quack for my replacement inhaler prescription!

Think I'd like to run round Ullswater lake. Anyone done it? 

27/03/2009 at 21:47
I dont relish running in the wind and rain but I see it as a challenge in endurance.Its always on my mind that race day may be a nightmare weather wise so might as well run in all weathers.
27/03/2009 at 22:31

I quite like the bad-weather runs as they give a real sense of accomplishment. Wouldn't want to do one every day though.

My favorite from last year was a run up on Cleeve Hill in the driving sleet in a thunderstorm. Brilliant run just for the atmosphere.

To be honest I dread hot and humid weather far more than the cold.

28/03/2009 at 07:43

Cold, wet, (soaked early) windy and with some hail stones thrown in.

The days I wish I'd taken up badminton as a sport.

I don't dislike badminton, its just the first indoor sport that came into my head !!

28/03/2009 at 08:25
I like to run when there is a light drizzle as it helps to cool me down a bit. Not to much rain though as it causes my glasses to steam up!
28/03/2009 at 11:50
I ran in the gym last night because wasn't feeling up to the weather... Regretted it though, after just 3K I was too hot, bored senseless and my ankles hurt. Back outdoors today, come wind or rain!!!
28/03/2009 at 12:42
Im not a fan of running machines at all. Dull,boring,dull,monotonous,dull
02/04/2009 at 13:43
I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE running in the rain.   I did an 11 mile run in February in the most amazing mix of weather conditions - it started off foggy and bitterly cold, then it hailed, then it rained, then it snowed and it was tremendously windy throughout but it was fantastic.  I had a 'Singing in the Rain' moment and couldn't stop grinning as the weather did it's best to stop me in my tracks but I put my head down and beat the buggar!  Smug of Sudbury.
15/04/2009 at 12:34
Rain, wind, hail, sleet, snow!!! Bring it on!! Don't suffer from cold legs as long as I keep moving, but do wear gloves in cold weather. Painfully cold  fingers distract me from concentrating on my run!! 
15/04/2009 at 12:38
I hear that.
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