Tips for running in the rain

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15/05/2007 at 15:24
I'm not keen on running in the rain, if its raining before I go out I probably wont go, but if it starts whilst I am out it doesn't really bother me that much...weird hey

But anyway, I just run in my normal shorts Tee and top, but get soaked, tried with a lightweight waterproof, but you sweat more and actually end up wetter on the inside than out...urrrghhh

And Also I wear glasses, eyes allergic to contacts and am not allowed to wear them, so glasses and rain don't go together...

Any tips on gear, inspiration and if you enjoy the rain when your running ?
cougie    pirate
15/05/2007 at 15:28
Get out there and do it you big jessie.

If its sunny you come back sweaty anyway ?

Just normal tee and shorts is best. Maybe a tecchy cap with peak to keep the rain off your glasses.

And you really dont notice the rain after a bit.
15/05/2007 at 15:33
HE HE HE.....thanks, love the tip...

'Get out there and do it you big jessie'


Yes will have to dig out a peak cap, great idea, never thought of that...will try it.

15/05/2007 at 15:34
I quite like running in the rain actually. Keeps me cool. And no after a bit you dont notice do you. To coin a Yorkshire phrase "you can only get wet once". And of course there are no chavs hanging around to abuse you :-)
15/05/2007 at 15:36
I just wear normal kit - I only use my rain jacket if it's windy.

Once you are wet, you can't get any wetter, and it keeps you nice and cool.

I love the rain.

Just as well, really, living in Scottieland. :o)
15/05/2007 at 15:37
True also...much less oiks throwing paper towels at you...

a peaceful run...hmmm sounds better and better.
15/05/2007 at 15:39
Blimey Nessie, must be a nightmare in the summer...all wet windy and those nasty Midges gota be the toughest on the planet you scotts...not like us sasanaks
15/05/2007 at 15:43
Stoxy - "you can only get wet once". I've never heard that phrase, especially from my female friends as you can imagine.
15/05/2007 at 15:44
Oh dear coops;-)
15/05/2007 at 15:46
I just wear normal kit and have just invested a water/windproof jacket which has already been mentioned seems to be more useful when it is windy. Although I guess if I was going on a long run in the rain might be worthwhile wearing the waterproof jacket rather get my T-shirt soaked.

Like the idea of a cap though.
15/05/2007 at 15:47
Running in the rain is lovely. There must be a lot of fair-weather runners round my way though. If it's wet and miserable Greenwich Park is really peaceful. And as a bonus, virtually dog-free. Hurrah!
15/05/2007 at 15:54
I love running in the rain... although only really warm spring and summer rain... i'm allergic to winter.

I tend to wear as little as possible when running, so if go out in running shorts and vest normally.. I like the Gore Running range best. I never wear a jacket.. but I never wear a jacket in winter either.. make us tough up north don't u know.. although now i've moved south maybe I'll adapt to the softie ways!
15/05/2007 at 15:55

go run
get wet
go home
get kit off
have shower
dry off
carry on with life
15/05/2007 at 16:02
I wasn't going to go out tonight because it's raiing here, but you've convinced me. Thanks.
15/05/2007 at 16:02
I live in Manchester so ignor everyone else - they don't know what rain is.

- Running in rain is great as there are no midges, less dogs, less chavs, more moisture to inhale (great for asthmatics like me)

- Wear your normal trainers (bung them on radiotor to dry after run) normal running / thinck socks, aterproof tracksters/bikesters from Ron Hill, or just weat shorts like me.

- A nice synthetic t shirt is best with a rainproof running jacket if you want.

- Eyes - I don't wear my glasses or lenses in rain but if you can't run without some sort of lens then the cap idea is brilliant. Otherwise get one of those elastic things to keep your glasses on - you'll need to keep wiping your eyes regurly but thats not the end of the world.

Running inn the rain is great - the wetter the better imho.

I can sum all this advice up in one word - ENOY.
15/05/2007 at 16:09
I hate it, but can bare it for training runs less than an hour.

over that and constant rain gets you down - to miserable for long slow runs.

so my tip would be if its raining keep the run short and fast (so you dont get cold) and reschedule if you where due a long run.
15/05/2007 at 16:11
If you carry a mobile phone then put it inside something waterproof like a zip food bag to protect it or you might need to go buy a new one like I have to:(
15/05/2007 at 16:16
You can get splashproof covers for them at Decathlon for about £3.

Alternatively I have pockets in my bottle belt for it which I sometimes use.
15/05/2007 at 16:20
I bought a mobile that is waterproof (to a certain extent)...after the rain soaked through my rucksack and drowned my last one.
flyaway    pirate
15/05/2007 at 16:42
I can't say I adore running in heavy rain - light rain is okay but more than that I find to be sub-optimal. I do wear a jacket, but I'm also a Jesse!

As for your glasses steaming up, get yerself down to a motorbike shop and ask for either the spray-on or peely-off-sticking-on mist-free stuff. You might want to rethink the exact phrase you use, or oiks throwing things at you would be the least of yer worries. But it works well. If i remember what it's properly called, I'll repost...
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