Any tips for running in heavy rain?! - Couch to 5K

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Any tips for running in heavy rain?!

Sadeskin
SadeskinGraduate

I really need my run today to consolidate if I’m to tackle parkrun this weekend. However, heavy rain is forecast this afternoon, my only opportunity today to go out. Would I be crazy?! I don’t have anything with a hood. Is it a really daft idea? I’ve only ever ran in light rain before. I am sad at the thought of missing it.

Thanks everyone!

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Millsie-J
Millsie-JGraduate

I did my first 10k trail event in heavy , heavy rain last March. Once you are wet, you are wet🏃🏻‍♀️😀 Put an extra layer on, one being long sleeves. If you have a cap use it, you dont need a hood. Get out of the wet clothes asap. Often the rain lightens for short periods, thats your nod to go, go, go!

Enjoy

Sadeskin
SadeskinGraduate
in reply to Millsie-J

Thank you 😊

SC1472
SC1472Graduate

Just get wet! I have been quite lucky so far in not really encountering rain but the couple of really wet runs I have done were really enjoyable. I was out on Saturday and did have my waterproof jacket on but got as wet on the inside from sweat as the outside due to rain. But really, once you are wet....splashing in the puddles is fun!

Sadeskin
SadeskinGraduate
in reply to SC1472

Thanks! Xx

Running in the rain can be quite refreshing. Although, watch out for all those slippy leaves.

Sadeskin
SadeskinGraduate
in reply to aileenrecovers

I’ve only ever ran in light rain before and found it quite refreshing. But heavy?! 🤔 I hope so. I don’t want to miss my run today

Millsie-J
Millsie-JGraduate
in reply to Sadeskin

You need to do it at least once so you know what to expect. If you enter any events they rarely cancel due to rain..... unless its a storm maybe . It will be fine 😎

rolysmate
rolysmateGraduate

Yes I agree, wet is wet and fun in it's own way

Don't worry, our skin is waterproof! I love running in the rain although I wear a cap with a peak if it's windy. Stops the rain getting in my eyes. Enjoy. x

mrrun
mrrunGraduate

Yeah, a cap with a peak will give you the illusion of dryness as some bits of hair may remain dry, and maybe a corner of the glasses.

Nothing wrong with rain for as long as you get dry and warm soon after you have finished.

Freezing rain? I tend to avoid it if l can. :)

IannodaTruffe
IannodaTruffeAdministrator

Wet is fine.

Wet and cold is not.

Layers.

Don't worry about a waterproof, as SC1472 says, they get you wet inside out.

Just go for it! You will probably feel great (afterwards :) )

At least try it, if you really hate it cut the run short. But you won't know if you sit inside looking at it.

I was worried about it the first time but I like running in the rain now. I have a cap but don't always wear it.

And take care if it is slippery, just slow down if necessary.

And report back to let us know how you get on.

Try to do your warm up somewhere dry so you're not walking in the rain. It's actually fab running in the rain but you don't want to be cold.

Keep moving at a pace where your body temperature is warm. Don't let your body get cold.

You can wear waterproof jackets, hats etc but I find the jackets very restrictive. You might be ok with them.

Immediately afterwards change into dry clothes even if it's your top only. (I have been known to strip off in the car to get into dry clothes before driving home 😏)

Get into a hot shower/bath as soon as possible.

Feel invincible 💪💪💪

davelinks
davelinksGraduate

I use a light shower proof running jacket which are fine, and just a compression top underneath if not too cold, a running cap with a peak which helps keep rain off glasses, watch out for slipping underfoot..

But, if you don't go out, you don't go out, running and Parkrun will be there for another day or Saturday..😊

roseabi
roseabiAdministrator

I think running in heavy rain is fun, but only with a baseball cap to keep rain out of the eyes! And it helps to keep smiling :)

I'd just wear my normal running clothes - personally I get too hot in waterproofs unless it's really hideously cold. A small problem I have found is that the only times I have ever experienced chafing have been when I have got very wet while running. Wearing longer shorts, capris, or tights, should make this a non-issue though. And, in my case, covering up a particular mole with a plaster, sorry tmi :D

Also, bear in mind that visibility is lower, so you should wear something bright if possible to make sure you're seen!

Don't for get the umbrella

Millsie-J
Millsie-JGraduate
in reply to DawnRun

I did a 10k event where there was a person using a brolly for the whole event 🤭

roseabi
roseabiAdministrator
in reply to Millsie-J

lol!

Sadeskin
SadeskinGraduate
in reply to Millsie-J

Wow, that’s dedication!!

Sadeskin
SadeskinGraduate

Thank you so much everybody for your encouragement! I particularly like ‘feel invincible 💪🏻’ how fab is that?! Well I did it, when I started off the rain was light, no problem. Half way through it got quite heavy. It didn’t bother me! I just kept on going. The thought of it seemed impossible but in reality it was no problem. Thanks for all your great advice, you all really helped me this morning.

I didn’t go for a rain jacket (too hot!) just usual clothes, but my long sleeve option. I wear glasses and they are covered in rain but it’s fine. My cap protected them a bit. Thank you!

rolysmate
rolysmateGraduate

Guess what, wet here today and yes it's a run day!

Sadeskin
SadeskinGraduate
in reply to rolysmate

Haha how was it?

Cliff_H
Cliff_HGraduate

I pop a cap on to keep the rain out of my eyes, other than that just surrender to it :)

Sadeskin
SadeskinGraduate
in reply to Cliff_H

Thank you 👍🏻 I surrendered and I had a faster pace than last time!

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