Reader to Reader: Running in the Rain


This week’s questioner needs your advice on kitting himself out on a rainy day – that way, he’ll have no excuse to forego a training run on account of the weather. How do you tog yourself out if the clouds are looming?

"I'm not keen on running in the rain. If it’s raining before I go out I probably won’t go. I just run in my normal shorts, tee and top, but get soaked. I tried with a lightweight waterproof, but I sweat more and actually ended up wetter on the inside than out. I also wear glasses - my eyes allergic to contacts and I’m not allowed to wear them - and glasses and rain don't go together... Any tips on gear if you enjoy the rain when you’re running?"Captain Calamity


Your best answers

  • Create a natural moisture-wicking layer
    Rub a bit of baby oil on your arms and legs to stop the water from sitting on you - it just rolls off instead! – Simon 7
  • Choose your fabrics carefully
    What sort of T-shirt do you use? It’s best to avoid cotton, it just soaks up the water. There are plenty of synthetic tops you can get that don't hold the water. – Wallsend Wanderer
  • Ditch the sleeves
    Get a waterproof gilet then you won't overheat but will have the benefit of some protection from the elements. – Pit Stop Crew

  • Co-ordinate a few choice layers
    I wear my Goretex® jacket (which is quite big and baggy) and just a sports bra underneath. The jacket keeps me dry but allows me to sweat a bit while keeping the air circulating. Thing is, if you get too hot, you can't just take the jacket off without causing major traffic problems! – Fat Fyes
  • Keep your feet toasty...
    If your feet are prone to blisters or feeling cold in the rain, try lambswool socks like Hilly® or Running Bear® (usually sold as off-road socks for loonies who run in bogs). Your feet won't stay dry but they will be warm and the socks won't rub. – blimeythatsbendy
  • ... and squelch-free
    Sealskinz® are great for keeping your feet dry in heavy rain or when you’re racing off-road in water-logged conditions. – jason X
  • Technical kit needn’t break the bank
    If money is an issue, keep your eye on the Aldi and Lidl special offers. You can get some quite serviceable running tops, shorts etc. there from time to time. They’re certainly more comfortable than cotton. If you're not running from or to home, take a towel and dry clothes with you - it's afterwards that you get cold. – DianaD
  • Pop a hat on, and invest in some breathable clothing
    A peaked hat is a good way to keep the water off your face but do buy a lightweight one - if you just grab a baseball hat from JJB or somewhere, as soon as it gets wet it will feel like you’re running with a lead weight on your head. Try and look out for a waterproof top that has air vents built into it. I bought one from Decathlon and although it was only £35, it actually keeps me pretty dry. There are zipped vents under each arm towards the back and they let air in. – Matt Ford 3
  • Secure your specs
    Running in rain is great as there are no midges, less dogs, less chavs, and more moisture to inhale (great for asthmatics like me). Get one of those elastic things to keep your glasses on - you'll need to keep wiping your eyes regularly but that’s not the end of the world. – M62 Steve
  • A little demister can work a treat
    Get yourself 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 though... – flyaway
  • Don’t forget to safeguard your gadgets
    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 me... – Happycat
  • Of course, you could always...
    Go to the gym and do speed work or whatever on the treadmill! Mind you, splashing through puddles like a big kid can take your mind off those aching legs... – big bad bri
  • ... but probably best not to...
    Skin is waterproof, kit is not. Run naked. There you go, problem solved. – Cath.

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