I’m runnin’ in the rain

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?

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May 26th, 2011
8:18 pm

I LOVE to run in the rain! (well…not when there’s a deluge of biblical proportions lol) It’s relaxing; almost hypnotic. A nice gentle rain can help keep me cool during the humid/hot summer.


May 26th, 2011
8:30 pm

I’ve never run in the rain. That’s what gyms are for :)


May 26th, 2011
8:42 pm

Running in the rain is like a challenge for me to overcome. I always feel like the super hardcore runners see it’s raining and run anyway, and I have NEVER categorized myself as anything but a total running noob. This summer, I resolve to take a run in the rain just so I can think about how awesome I am. :-)


May 26th, 2011
10:20 pm

I believe it was the 1994 Peachtree Roadrace when there was some rain at the beginning of the race and I think had my best time in that race.

OZ Runner

May 27th, 2011
12:14 am

I’m not a huge fan of starting out a run when it’s pouring down rain, but if it’s just a light rain or if it starts to downpour while I’m in the middle of a run I quite like it. I find the rain cools me down and maybe I’m crazy, but when I’m done I feel like I’ve achieved something beyond simply logging the miles.


May 27th, 2011
5:49 am

Running in the rain = brick shoes.

Gen Neyland

May 27th, 2011
6:10 am

Every runner has a cut off due to the elements.
-15 ambient or with a wind chill factor or lightning have comprised my door stoppers. The low temp factor has been revised as I’ve aged to read,” Not today, maybe tomorrow.”. Threat of lightning, I make every effort to avoid it. Regarding running in the rain, we might have to run our races of choice in rainy weather. So in essence, one needs to train through it so that if it’s wet on your parade, you’re ready. Just not rain with lightning, never.


May 27th, 2011
7:15 am

Ran 7 miles very early this morning in a light rain. I felt like I was cheating. Loved it.


May 27th, 2011
8:33 pm

I started my run yesterday in-between the storms, hoping for some rain to eventually fall. And by the end it did. I didn’t quite realize I was running through a severe thunderstorm warning (I did see one big flash of lightening/hear one big bang), but I did drop my time on my four-mile loop by 1:10. Partly because it was so cool and partly because I eventually figured out I should get home quick, I flew. Like others have said, I too enjoy a good run in the rain. Most of the time it’s a lot cooler plus the rain works to cool you off and you have a water stop any time you want. A surprised myself how fast I’ve run in my past two rain 5Ks (probably two of the three fastest I have run over the past few years). The problem yesterday was running up a hill with water streaming down and flooded streets. The soaked shirt surely added a few pounds. By the end it was bad. 24 hours later, my shoes were still wet. But I had a great run. I highly recommend a rain run (as long as it is safe).

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