Well, so far it seems that Hurricane Irene is skirting right past us here in Gainesville. I’ll take it!
But something tells me we’re in for at least a few scattered storms from Irene’s outer bands this weekend.
Don’t let a little hurricane ruin your running. Here are a couple of links to some expert advice on running in the rain:
- Tips for running in the rain from about.com
- Best advice: “Don’t Overdress – This is one the biggest mistakes runners make when heading out for a rainy run. Wearing more layers will not keep you dry. Unless you’re running with an umbrella over your head, you will definitely get wet. If you have tons of layers on, you will just be wearing more wet, heavy clothes. Dress for the temperature, as if it were a dry day.”
- Expert tips for running in the rain from NYDailyNews.com
- Best advice: “Careful for slippery stuff; for example, white lines pained on roads are much more slippery than the basic black asphalt.”
- Spring rain running tips from fitsugar.com
- Best advice: “Wear old shoes. If you don’t want to invest in a pair of specifically waterproof sneakers, choose an older pair to use in the rain. Shoes can take days to completely dry out, and rain usually comes with mud. Also: to dry shoes, store them in a warm, dry place and stuff them with old newspaper to aid in the drying process. Do not put them in the dryer; artificial heat sources will cause shoes to break down faster than they would with normal wear and tear.”
- Tips for running in the rain from nyrrc.org
- Best advice: “Most wet cotton socks are blister instigators. They bunch, wrinkle, crease and give your toes a wedgie. Pick an acrylic or polypropylene blend. Record in your log which socks are successful so on marathon day there won’t be any doubts.”
My advice? Don’t forget how beautiful and serene nature can be after a downpour. A good rain run can really be blissful on a warm summer day, and I find that the trails are usually empty on rainy days.
Good luck braving the elements!