7 Tips for Running in the Rain

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Saturday’s Parkrun was not my favourite. Not only was I two seconds SLOWER than last week, it was pouring rain. Just an absolutely miserable day. Motivated by my final fitness goal of the year, I dragged myself out the door. Ordinarily, I would have been quite happy to skip it, but there are only five Saturdays left in the year. That means 5 chances to accomplish my goal.

And to be honest, when we woke up, it didn’t look so bad. It was raining, but a light rain. Not ideal, but manageable. By the time we got to the Park, it was pouring. There was no point in turning back. We were there and ready to run. Might as well go for it.

I’ve done enough runs in the rain to know that the right preparation can make it more bearable, so if you find yourself having a moment of lunacy like I did on Saturday, here’s a few ways to splash around like a badass:

  1. Wear a hat with a brim. It will keep the rain off your face, even in a downpour. Otherwise, you will be constantly wiping water off your face and out of your eyes. Running is hard enough. There’s no need to impair your vision as well.
  1. Don’t get to the start line too early. Standing around in the rain is the WORST. The actual worst. Once you’re actually running, the rain isn’t so bad. It can even be refreshing! Try to time things so you don’t have a lot of waiting before go-time.
  1. Make sure your electronics are water resistant/proof or leave them at home. Worrying about your phone or watch is a huge distraction. Go without, or make sure you’ve got gear that can withstand the elements.
  1. Don’t overdress. This is such an easy mistake to make. If it’s raining, the inclination is to wear… a raincoat. NO. Do not be tempted. A raincoat, while waterproof, is like wear a layer of plastic wrap. You’ll overheat and not only will you be damp, you’ll be hot and angry. It’s a bad situation. Trying to stay dry is a waste of time. The best course of action is to wear lightweight wicking fabrics.
No, I did not run with an umbrella.

No, I did not run with an umbrella.

  1. Change into something dry right after. Running in the rain may make you feel like a badass, but it doesn’t make you a superhero. You’ll cool down quickly after your run, and you’ll get a chill very quickly. Make sure you have a dry shirt to put on and head home to shower and change as soon as you can.
  2. Dry your shoes after a run by using balled up newspaper. Don’t bother trying to dodge puddles. Best to just plough through and clean your shoes up after. Wipe off the excess dirt and then stuff newspaper in your shoes to help dry them out. The newspaper helps soak up the water. For more details on how to dry out soggy sneakers, click here.
  1. Have fun with it! Embrace your inner child. It’s just water. And sometimes, it’s actually kind of fun!

While Saturday might have been a bit TOO rainy for my liking, you can’t let the weather ruin your plans. And, let’s face it, if you always waited for the perfect conditions, you would never accomplish anything.


  1. Mom November 14, 2016 / 10:50 pm

    All good points, but didn’t I teach you to come in out of the rain?

  2. Tina November 16, 2016 / 12:22 am

    I find I sometimes forget about drinking water when I’m out in the rain (running, hiking, soccer, whatever)… it’s weird but maybe my brain somehow thinks my body can absorb hydration through the skin? 😛

    • thoughtsandpavement November 16, 2016 / 10:55 pm

      Hah. I do the SAME thing! So weird. Also when it’s cold. I assume I am only thirsty when dry and sweating. haha

  3. April Runs On November 17, 2016 / 4:22 pm

    I actually don’t mind running in the rain. It’s a mind over matter thing. But running in bitter COLD rain is not pleasant.

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