I have a ShowersPass rain jacket (that's the brand) that is made with "e-vent" fabric. I wear it over nothing more than a t-shirt no matter the temp (down into the 40s)-- it's designed as a biking jacket with HUGE pit zips and velcro on the sleeves and a nice long tail to cover the hiney. And I wear a bright yellow Brooks technical fabric baseball cap to help with visibility in the rain. My jacket doesn't have a hood because I can't run in one. If it's raining and not winter, I also try to wear shorts. That said, I've tried a lot of things and find that get intolerably sweaty no matter what "breathability" the fabric of the jacket it. And if it's really pouring, like it did on my long run last week, you just get wet and accept it. A ziplock bag is essential for anything that can't get wet (car fob, phone, etc.)
Rainy race story here ....this year my husband and I were first time co-race directors for a 5K in our town. I was in no way worried about rain because it NEVER rains on that day. I know...it was the day after my birthday and the weather is usually really nice or maybe a tad cool but never rainy. That morning when it was time to set up, the heavens opened and a huge storm blew in. All we could do was stand in the pavilion along with the race timer and wait while lightning crashed all around us and rain poured....ugh....I was serioiusly praying we would not be struck by lightning. It all finally slowed to drizzle just in time for registration, so of course we were running around like crazy trying to get set up and then get on the road to set up signs. Seven volunteers chose to stay in bed.... All this to say...cold rain is horrible to run in but when I was reading your stories I felt so sorry for the race directors of your rainy events...been there done that! I have a new HUGE appreciaton for race directors. You cannot believe how much work it is. I told the race director that mentored me that next time I see her I will bow at her feet~ lol : ) We have been asked numerous times since to do this race again next year...right now my answer is NO WAY!!! : ) Moral of this story.....thank your race directors and especially if it's been raining! The pay ($0.00) in no way covers the work! LOL!
2 of my 3 5k races have been in a hard driving rain. I'm in Ohio so I'm feeling your pain LOL. I have an old rain jacket (my husbands) and baseball hat that I wear.....and I have a stash of ziplock bags (various sizes) in my car just in case......it always feels like such an achievement to have done your run ...in spite of the weather. The hot shower after feels that much better too!
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My first 5K race was in the pouring rain. It was also about 50 degrees. I was so psyched up for the race, I did it anyway and it was totally awesome...at least while running. Once I stopped it was miserable!
Anyone have any good rain gear they reccomend? I was ill prepapred for that race!! :-)
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I find it hard to start out running if it's raining and try to avoid it.
Usually though, if I'm already out there and the rain starts coming down, I don't mind it. So I'll wait for it to slow before I begin my runs. I have a jacket that I wear that keeps me from getting too soaked.
What I've also done for longer runs is warm up for a mile or two on the treadmill - by the time I'm done with that, a run out in the rain is actually pretty refreshing. (Plus its a good reminder to myself that as much as I dislike running when it's cold/rainy, I prefer it to running indoors on a treadmill.)
I'm in the same boat! I don't mind running in a cool drizzle... but a hard steady rain is just miserable! I'd say put on a water proof coat, wait for a break in the rain and go for a nice easy run to clear the cobwebs. As my DH would say, you won't melt!
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Does anyone run in the rain? Even if it's like 50 degrees out? I don't know if it will feel good or if I will be miserable... Stuck in a very rainy stretch here on the east coast and I miss my runnin'!
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