In the couple of months of summer-like weather we’ve had so far in Atlanta, I’ve come to realize that if it isn’t super hot and humid, it’s pouring rain and humid. I’m used to running in inclement weather from years spent dealing with Chicago winters, but I’ve never lived somewhere where it seems to rain every other day.
It’s hard enough for me to motivate myself to run when it’s decent outside; a drop of rain has me heading for the couch and a couple of episodes of “The Wire.” But it’s become apparent that if there’s any hope of me training for races over the summer, I’m going to have to suck it up and force myself to run in the downpour.
These marathoners have some good tips, including using Vaseline to prevent chafing and changing shirts halfway through to give your soggy body a reprieve. One writer makes a good point: It very well could rain on race day, and you can’t just roll over that morning and go back to sleep (well, you can, but all those days of training would go right out the window. And that would be sad). So you might as well get practice running in the rain just in case, as unappealing as it might be.
I skipped my run tonight, but I’ve decided to brave it next time the sky looks gray. I’ll begrudgingly admit that I think it’ll probably make me a better (albeit soggier) runner.
Do you run in the rain? If so, do you have any tips for those of us who don’t take to rain running like a fish to water?