courir sous la pluie

Four tips for running in the rain (and enjoying it !)

How many of us have scanned the skies before deciding it's worth setting off on a training session? As if a few drops of rain could get in the way of a good workout! Living with rain? Definitely possible!


1. Adjust your gear to suit the running conditions

No need to get out your rain poncho in light rain! You should choose your outfit based on how long you plan to spend training and how heavily it's raining.  If it's raining steadily, make sure you:

- Wear a cap to keep the rain out of your eyes and from impairing your visibility.

- Wear a waterproof and windproof jacket that is also breathable.

- Protect areas that are sensitive to chaffing more carefully than under normal running conditions. Water weighs clothing down, which can cause it to rub against your skin.

- Carry as little with you as possible. Leave behind your mp3 player and make sure your money, credit card and any other belongings are safely placed inside a watertight pocket.


2. You're drenched. So what?

The hardest thing when you decide to go running in the rain is getting wet! Once your clothes and feet are soaked, running comes just as naturally in the rain as in dry weather.

You might even be pleasantly surprised to find yourself enjoying running in the falling rain while others around you are running for shelter.

Don't forget that you can't pick the weather conditions for your next race. What will you do if it rains? It's best just to get used to running in the rain and even learn to happily splash through the puddles! You're wet? So what!


3. If it's stormy

The small shower at the start of your run might suddenly turn into a downpour, or worse, a storm. If you're running in the open country and get caught out by a storm, the wisest thing to do is find shelter. Don't hesitate to stop a driver (by waving your arms if necessary) or, if you have your phone on you, call a friend or family member to come and pick you up. If neither are possible, don't panic.

Stay away from trees and squat down to make yourself as small as possible: lightning always strikes the highest points.


4. Once safe…

It's important to use common sense and undress as quickly as possible to avoid getting chilled in your wet clothing. Tend to your feet and shoes (in that order).

Check whether you have any blisters; the rain may have softened your skin, triggering small sores. For your shoes: take out the insole the removable sole and let it dry separately. The build-up of moisture can cause unpleasant smells, as well as deform your shoe. A long-used technique is to fill the shoe with scrunched-up newspaper to speed up the drying process.

It's important to learn to overcome the fleeting inconveniences of the first few hundred metres! Rain, when it's light to moderate, shouldn't dissuade you from running.


Enjoy your run !