What does a runner wear for a marathon in the rain?

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

The wonderful weather people are predicting a 60% chance of rain showers/thunderstorms for Sunday's ING Ga Marathon. Yikes....

OK - so people talk about taking a lawn/leaf bag to wear- to keep in body heat and to keep you dry - but I can't see running in that for the entire marathon... so what do my fellow spark runners recommend for running a long race in the rain- a rain poncho?

My fellow sparkfriends - what do you think?

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  • LETGO55
    It does not will get wet...very wet regardless of what you have on...cant stay dry forever...alot of people wear the garbage and do the job to keep the chill off from a total drench while in the corral...but...eventually the rain will conquer and so many runners find it easier to toss the bag for they are wet underneath it anyway...hopefully the weatherman is wrong...if not, just except it now you'll get wet and enjoy the experience...i ran in hurricane poncho was literally ripped in half by 5 mile shoes were totally soaked as soon as i stepped out of the car...twas an experience...although was my first half, was miserable, but now i dont worry about weather...for if i can run/walk in a hurricane...i can take on any can you....good luck..enjoy the matter how the weather may CHALLENGE you...your will cross that finish line rain or shine!
    2861 days ago
    If it's warm and rainy, I usually don't wear any rain specific clothing... just dress a tad bit warmer. If it's cool and rainy, I wear my rain jacket (an asics running jacket that is water resistant). If it's cold and rainy, I'll sometimes pull out my asics water resistant running pants as well. But it's got to be pretty cold.

    If I had to choose between a poncho and a trash bag, I'd probably go with the trash bag. It seems to me that it would "flap" less AND that it would fold up smaller if you decide to take it off but don't want to ditch it in the event that you need it later in the race.

    And definitely bring that pair of extra socks.
    2862 days ago
    Honestly? I've run in a garbage bag. You don't have to worry about tossing it, and you stay nice and dry. It looks kinda silly, but it works! :)
    2862 days ago
    If it's warm, I'd just run in the rain without a jacket. A poncho sounds cumbersome--don't they flap around? I've seen lots of runners with the trash bags; haven't tried it, but it looks like it works. The added benefit is if you decide it's not needed somewhere along the course, you can just take it off and leave it. I have a short rain jacket from North Face that I use for running and biking--it has vents under the arms that can be unzipped if it gets too warm. I love it.
    2862 days ago
    If it's not heavy rain, it's actually nice.
    If you wear a light rain jacket, take care not to wear much under or you will be hot.
    You can wear just a wind cheater if it's not too heavy a rain.
    Or you can put your jacket around waist if the rain stops. I've never run that way, though.
    Extra socks is a good idea kept in a safe dry place on you.
    Good luck.
    2862 days ago
    I`ve never run super long distances in the rain but routinely run 5-10km in the rain. I usually wear my running tights, a short sleeve or tank top and my rain jacket. Unless the temps are below 10C, then I put on a longer sleeve top. I prefer my wool socks. And a brimmed hat is a must!

    Best of luck on your marathon
    2862 days ago
    no advice, but have a great run!!!!
    2862 days ago
    i ran a 1/2 in the rain this past weekend.. i ran about 3 miles in a very flimsy throwaway rain jacket.. it was a light rain.. and thank God there wasnt a heavy downpour.. i have run in that too.. its not fun... i would suggest at least try to bring extra dry socks somewhere to store on you.. if you have rubbing from wet feet.. good luck - Jen
    2862 days ago
  • DJ_SIX
    I've never run in the rain, but I found two different forums that had a discussion about running in the rain:



    Hope that helps...

    2862 days ago
    What is the predicted temperature? I have run in the rain when it wasn't too cold and it was actually not too bad. You don't want to be wearing really heavy socks. They will get waterlogged and rub. And in the same vein, compression gear worked well for me since it didn't get heavy and waterlogged and didn't rub. A hat kept the water out of my eyes.

    You will need to bag your gymboss, if you use one. It will fill up with water if it isn't protected.
    2862 days ago

    Comment edited on: 3/17/2010 11:22:10 PM
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