1. Be aware of motorists.
When it rains, most people will focus more on the weather than on people around them. If you’re running, consider it your job to make sure you’re safe on the roads.
2. Dress for the conditions – and not more.
When it’s blustery outside it can be tempting to pile on cozy layers, but remember that once you start moving, your body is going to heat up. If it’s raining but warm, a waterproof shell can create a swampy microclimate around your body. Wear only what you need for the conditions.
3. Wear a waterproof hat with a bill.
A waterproof running hat like the Asics Storm Shelter Cap or The North Face Stormy Trail Hat can help you see the road ahead clearly when you’re running through a downpour.
4. Watch out for painted lines and manhole covers on the roads.
Certain materials become super slippery when they get wet. Make sure you’re aware of the terrain you’re on, and watch out for things like painted lines on asphalt, manhole covers and storm grates.
5. Know when to turn back.
Like most of you, we enjoy a good rain run. But it’s important to stay alert to weather conditions, and to turn back when conditions change from adventurous to hazardous. If lightning, hail, high winds and torrential downpours are in the forecast, it might be good to stay inside, or at least not head too far from home.
6. Wear synthetic fabrics.
Cotton is comfy, yes. But when it gets wet, it gets heavy and clingy. Stick to a fabric that won’t stick to you, like polyester. It won’t hold as much water as cotton apparel or cause as much chafing.
7. Stuff your shoes post-run.
When you get home, stuff your shoes with a Shoe Dog or some rolled-up newspaper to help them dry out. This way they’ll be ready to run the next time you are, and they won’t develop a mildew-y funk.
8. In a pinch, a plastic garbage bag can serve as a makeshift waterproof poncho.
If you can’t find your favorite waterproof jacket, just grab a (clean) trash bag, cut holes for your head and arms, and slip it on over your running apparel.
9. Hit the trails.
Many trails hold up surprisingly well when it rains. A little light moisture can help keep dust down on trails, and running trails will give you a chance to avoid traffic. Even if it’s a little slick, just grab a seriously luggy shoe like the Salomon Speedcross 3 and go. All this said, if the trails by you are very muddy and slippery, you need to stay off them, both to minimize your risk of injury and protect the trails from degradation.
10. Realize that you’re going to get a little wet. Get over it, and have fun.
No matter how well you prepare, you’re going to get wet if you run in the rain. Embrace the adventure. Even if you’re hesitant as you’re heading out the door, you’ll feel invigorated by the time you finish your run.