This weekend I have a half marathon where the weather conditions will be a little unfavorable. It is calling for temperatures in the upper 30s, but there is also a 70% chance of rain. Since I do not do many runs in the ran, I began researching the topic and inquiring with fellow runners on my running forum to get a game plan. I will now share the information here that I learned, to hopefully get me through this half marathon this weekend.
1. Dress for the temperatures. Be sure to dress in layers if it will be cold. Since it will be cold and rainy, a couple of layers will be required. It is said that the most important layer is not the outer layer, but the layer closest to your body. Make sure it is a technical shirt that will wick away sweat and rain from your skin.
2. Do not wear a rain jacket because it will trap moisture and heat. Your outer layer should be a wind- and water-resistant jacket or vest.
3. Wear a hat with a brim to keep the water and rain out of your face, especially your eyes (Thanks fundulidae!).
4. Referring back to #1, do not over dress. This is big mistake runners make when heading out for a rainy run. Wearing more layers will not keep you dry.
5. Your outer layer should be bright. Typically when it is raining, it will be darker than normal. Make sure the vehicular traffic sees you!
6. While in the coral at the start you may have to wait more than hour. Use a garbage bag, with holes cut for your head and arms will help you stay a little warmer, and keep you dry.
7. To go with #6, my friend Stephanie suggested using old plastic garbage bags tapped around your running shoes to keep them dry until it is time for the race to start (Thanks fundulidae!).
8. If you don’t want to wear bags on your feet, take your running shoes in a bag, and change them out right before the race starts. Then either give your old shoes to your family & friends or check them at bag check.
9. Thin socks. Your feet are going to be wet either way, but the thicker ones hold on to more water and end up weighing more and wanting to move around more (in my experience anyway) (Thanks Joey!).
10. Prevent Chafing! As Jenn puts it (thanks thatjenchick!):Body Glide, Body Glide, Body Glide, Body Glide, Body Glide….You never know where you’re going to have chaffing once you add rain to the situation! Jenny (UTrunner) adds to put glide in places you never have before, because after racing in the rain, you’ll chafe where you never have before!!!
11. According to terri5176 she says, I use Vaseline on my feet to keep from getting hot spots/blisters. If I know my feet are going to get wet – I use tons more of it – it helps keep the wet socks from rubbing your feet too closely.
12. There is no better way to put this one, except for word for word from Bethany (RandBloveontherun): The best outerwear piece i can recommend? Your skin, it’s the only truly waterproof (and breathable!) things you’ll find. I always bundle up my core but wear as little as possible for the tempature. 37, brr. Everything is gonna get wet anyways, so why carry around more wet weight than you have to! And def wear a visor or a hat to keep the rain out of your eyes. If you really gotta pee and it’s raining hard enough you can just go that’s my fav part of running in the rain !
13. A big recommendation for the end, have dry clothes to change into when you’re done (thanks FerretAfros!).
Thanks for all the advice from my fellow runners. I will give as much of it a try this Sunday and report back next week with a follow up!