June 10, 2010

Screw the Rain… I'm Going For a Run!

Mother Nature just hasn’t been too accommodating to us runners lately. Either it’s 100 degrees outside, or it’s pouring. In the last 2 weeks, we’ve had only a few days of truly beautiful running weather here in NYC and my running schedule has suffered. As you can see from my Daily Mile training log, I’ve only run 16 miles in June so far and my goal for the month is 60. Gasp!
It was pouring when I left the office just after 6 last night, and I debated running or not in my head the entire way home. I just NEEDED a run and didn’t want to let the weather stop me once again.  So I called my friend Dani, a brilliant runner and an inspiration, and asked her to convince me. Dani told me, “do it!” and “you’ll feel badass!”, gave me some advice, and sent me on my way.

Now just to clarify, I have run in the rain before. It’s not like I’m some delicate flower who’s afraid to get wet. But I’ve only really run in light rain, nothing like the drenching downpour we had last night. I’ve heard horror stories of slipping or bad blisters from wet shoes and with this weekend’s Mini 10K only a few days away, I didn’t want to chance any injuries. I am so happy I got out there! I can honestly say that last night was one of my favorite runs ever. The wet cool air was exhilarating and I felt like I was flying the entire time. I must admit, when the lovely girl carrying the giant box of Magnolia Cupcakes cheered me on with a “You Go Girl!’, I did feel just a bit badass! And the best part? I’ve ruled out heavy rains as a reason not to go for a run in the future, unless lightening is involved.

Here are some other lessons learned last night:
  1. Don’t overdress. Unless it’s really cold outside, your body will still warm up like it does during any other run. Wear whatever you would normally wear on a dry day with the same temperature, unless it’s a white tank with a white sports bra. Then you might want to mix it up a bit. And extra layers won’t keep you dry. They’ll just soak through and weigh you down.
  2. Wear pants or shorts that fit well around the waist so that they don’t fall down when they get water logged. I learned this the hard way last night. The term “plumber butt” came to mind by the end of my run in my stretched out running capris.
  3. Wear a hat with a brim to keep the water out of your face so that you can actually see where you are running.
  4. Don’t worry about puddles. I spent the first half mile trying to avoid them but my feet got soaked by the rain anyway. If it’s raining hard enough, your sneakers and socks will get soaked. Just accept that and don’t waste energy trying to keep them dry.
  5. Wet leaves are really, really slippery. Enough said.
  6. Pay even more attention to cars and remaining visible to them. Drivers have to focus on the rain and may not be looking out for you.Wear something reflective even if in daylight.
  7. If you are tracking your time or mileage, wear a waterproof watch. That $10 one from Kmart is just may die at 17 minutes if it gets too wet.
How do you feel about running in the rain? Any other words of advice? Please share and happy running!


  1. WOW! I am impressed...I have actually never gone running in the rain. I typically just jump on the treadmill. Kudos to you! Love your blog!

  2. I don't run, but I walk alot and since I've been in Oregon I've had to learn to like walking in the rain. It's not my favorite but I've learned rain won't hurt you. ;)

  3. I love running in the rain! When I read your tweet last night, I was a tad jealous since I have not been able to run because of my injury.

    You are a trooper for getting out there ayer because it was baaaaad!

  4. I love that you did this! You are so badass! I have run in drizzle and light rain, but not pouring. I will consider it next time though because of you!

  5. I totally did some runs in the rain during my marathon training. Sometimes you gotta do what ya gotta go! I think you have everything in check. Something I did was make sure whatever things I took with me, like my iPod, money, etc., in a plastic zip-loc so they wouldn't get damaged. Oh! And a nice bowl of soup or hot cup of tea ready to eat afterward :)

  6. What a great post about rain running! I *love* running in the rain & have done it several times. One good tip for afterward (I will be doing a blog post about this soon): stuff a bunch of newspaper into your shoes when your done. They will be try in 3-4 hours, and it will keep them from getting funky, and also help them stay in shape. I've run in the morning, had my shoes soaked, did the newspaper thing and was ready to go again that evening. Works like a charm!

  7. Erica, I love your blog! It is so full of amazing inspiration. Thank you.

    I enjoy running in the rain as long as I plan to love it. When I go outside prepared for a run in the rain it is a great experience...but sometimes when I'm grumbling about the grey skies then I am bothered by the rain drops and the puddles. I know it is my mindset not the weather that I should blame. Thanks for all the great tips for future enjoyment.

  8. Oh how I LOVE running in the rain!! Great post!

  9. Wow! Looks like I'm definitely not the only one who appreciates a little rain shower now & then!

    Thanks for all the comments, ideas & tips... and of
    course for tuning in! Happy running or walking to all :)

    Joe- Dani told me to do the newspaper thing too... such a great idea! Didnt have any in my apt & was too lazy to go out in the rain to get some ;) but will try it next time

  10. Hi E! I'm so glad I could be helpful and inspiring to make you get out in the rain. I'm so proud of you for doing it! Doesn't it feel great? :)

  11. I love running in the rain too and agree with all of your tips - also nice to see it from a woman's point of view. I've ruined a few pairs of shoes from getting them soaked in puddles - most notably Adidas shoes... those do not like to get wet. Having said that I am now using Zoot Ultraspeeds - they are made for Triathlons, are incredibly light at 180g per shoe, laceless and made to be worn sockless. Running without socks greatly reduces the soggy feeling you have when running 'wet'... and the traction on wet pavement is simply the best I've ever had in a shoe.

  12. D- felt AWESOME! you are the bestest!
    Michael- i'll look into the zoot unltraspeeds but wondering if they have enough support for my really high arch & crappy knees. thanks for the tip!