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Race of the Month: The Rain Run

January 2nd, 2013

January is the month of new beginnings, New Year’s resolutions and new races. We’re particularly excited about one such race just east of Seattle, Washington. The Rain Run is all about celebrating a passion for running…and precipitation!

The first annual rain run will be held on January 26, 2013, a date chosen specifically for the high chance of rain. We’ve had a fair number of drippy days so far this winter in San Luis Obispo, and the rain adds a sense of adventure to our training mileage. If you’re looking for a rain-inspired running event, ‘drop’ by the Rain Run website or read on to learn more.

Starting Line

The start of this race will be at 9:00 a.m. at Marymoor Park in Redmond, Washington. Race organizers welcome both runners and walkers on the out-and-back course, just make sure you can complete 13.1 miles in three and a half hours as the course closes at noon. You’re also welcome to bring your little one in a stroller – as long as you’re a competent stroller driver.

Post Race

The first few finishers of the race will receive special goodies, and all participants will be ‘showered’ with swag post-race. Our favorite new swag item has to be the Rain Run umbrella, a great reminder of an epic rainy half marathon. As you admire your fancy new umbrella, enjoy some delicious food with fellow runners, including cupcakes with… sprinkles! Get it?

What To Wear

Although it will likely be wet, the temps are typically pretty mild in this part of the country around January, making for a fun and festive half marathon. Think light layers, with a waterproof shell. Stick to synthetic fabrics (cotton will weigh you down and be a chafing nightmare), and you might want to bring along a pair of waterproof shoes to help prevent blisters. Check out our tips for rain running to get geared up to cross the finish line with a ‘splash.’

Register here to be part of the first annual Rain Run!

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10 Tips for Rain Running

November 11th, 2012

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.

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