Rain rain go away

When I got up this morning, it was already raining and the forecast was for heavy rain at about the time the parkrun started. So I gave up the idea of running; the paths and roads duly started to dry when it was too late to change my mind. A great gloom of guilt descended and I recalled how many posts I'd seen in which the writer said how much he/she enjoyed running in the wet. Later, however, the forecast heavy rain started in torrent mode, ironically, around half an hour into the run, when a substantial portion of the proper runners would have been on their way home for breakfast while the slowcoaches at the back, like me, would have had been on their last lap and enjoyed or otherwise the soaking that ensued.

Assuming that I might show some courage next time this happens, what is the appropriate gear for the (ancient) male to wear in these conditions? I actually don't mind getting wet if there's a prospect of being dry later. (I am contemplating my penance presently; it will have to be in the dry, given the forecast.)


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  • Don't fear the rain, it's your friend. A run in the rain is incredibly invigorating and will cool you down too :)

  • I did my penance early this evening, running for about 40 minutes. I might as well have run in the rain this morning. Being very wet with water is preferable to dripping with sweat due to the humidity and temperature.

  • Some runners wear a light waterproof jacket which you can buy in any decent sports shop and a peaked hat will keep the rain off your face. But running in the rain and getting soaked is, in my opinion, one of the big joys of running. But make sure you get out of your wet clothes as quickly as possible. The peeling off of the clothes and the hot shower afterwards makes it all worthwhile.

  • And I guess running without glasses is preferable to hunting for miniature windscreen wipers (though it's surprising what you can find on Ebay).

  • I think you need these ๐Ÿ˜‚

  • You're so kind and must have spent a lot of time searching for wipers. However, I'm sorry to say that blue doesn't suit me. But many thanks.

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  • I recently I discovered a baseball cap for running. It is good for keeping the rain out of your eyes.


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