We are off to a rainy start for our 2011 running season! We all prefer the sunny days coming up, but we might as well know how to dress for success in all types of weather. Especially those of us willing to brave the elements for "Minnesota's Annual Rite of Spring" this weekend.
Here are a few basic things to keep in mind for rain-running. I want to thank Forest Lake MOTR Angi for sharing some of these tips from the Running Room!
~Do not run in a storm! Safety first, avoid the lightening.
~Stay hydrated. Your need for water internally does not decrease when you are drenched. :)
~Wear technical material; cotton holds moisture.
~Dress according to the temperature, not the rain. Don't wear a rain jacket if it is warm enough that you would usually go without a jacket. Remember the 20 degree rule: when running, dress as though it is 20 degrees warmer than it is.
~If you are going to wear a jacket make sure it's water resistant, not waterproof, so your skin is able to breathe and stay cool.
~Wear a visor or running hat to keep the rain out of your face.
~Dry out your shoes well afterwards to maintain them.
~Enjoy! If the temp's not too cool, running in the rain is fun! We'll be hoping for that rain in July.