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11/21/13 1:08 P

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I'm enjoying this thread because I live in the second rainiest climate on the North American continent and I absolutely LOVE running in the rain. My only contribution is to get a hat with a brim. I find it so hard to concentrate on spotting potential dangers on my running surface if I've got rain in my eyes.

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11/21/13 1:02 P

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I bought Gore-Tex shoes this week. (Brooks Ghost GTX) They seem to have good treads, so hopefully I won't slip on wet leaves. I am excited to take them out for a short run tomorrow. Hopeful they will be like my Glycerins and feel just right from the first mile.

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11/5/13 2:03 P

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I have SAD too. The lack of light really makes it tough to run outside - no sidewalks and hilly roads make me feel like I'm taking my life in my hands. There are routes I won't run in fall/winter because I feel like the winding road makes it too hard for cars to see me in time.
I've noticed that the wet surfaces and wet leaves are quite slippery! I think I need shoes with more traction for the winter, (I usually run in Brooks Glycerin.)

I will look for that headlamp. I hadn't even thought of needing one!

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11/5/13 1:47 P

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Yep. The grey is why I moved, frankly (incited SAD).

The bigger deal to me over getting wet are the short amount of daylight and darkness during the day, which equate to low visibility on the roads, which can be deadly. I really can't emphasize enough high viz clothing during the day and LED flashers/etc on grey days, the early mornings or evenings AND in fog.

Be careful on trails in the early mornings too, the moisture paired with cold can make icy spots, or thin ice over a mud pit that can be slick. I almost bit the dust on those as well as my dog, who is pretty sure-footed.

Waterproof sports watches (I wear a Garmin) and be careful with headphones if they are not at least water-resistant.

Black Diamond makes a waterproof headlamp (Sprinter) that has a light in the front AND back, so you can see and be seen.

As a side note, if you live near any mountains, get on some of the trails in higher elevations above and out of the clouds sometimes to get some sun. Helps mentally get through it.



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11/5/13 1:30 P

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Thank you for the tips, everyone! Please keep them coming and don't be afraid to mention specific brands/models you like.

Tri babe, you know exactly the weather I'm dealing with! I had been wondering about Gore Tex shoes so thanks for mentioning them.

I felt so low tech putting my iPhone in a ziplock inside my SPI belt but it's good to know I'm not alone in doing that.

Tim, wow. That is a scary story. I usually run at a nearby track (easier on my knees than running the hilly streets) so at least I won't be far from home.

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11/4/13 10:00 A

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I have found that no matter what, I get wet. I just try to keep warm through it. I use my moisture wicking base layer which helps keep me warm, even when wet. And make sure I dry off and warm up asap once I'm home or done running. It's honestly not that bad. Once you are wet, you are wet. Either from rain or sweat. Wet is wet. It's just much more thourough wet when it's rain. I have found I keep moving to help keep warm - same as any cooler weather running

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11/4/13 9:48 A

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She makes a good point. Even with my poncho, I get wet.

Now, here is some Ultra Important Life-Saving advice.

No Kidding. No Joking here.

55ºF seems like a warm enough temperature. But if you get wet even at that temperature you MUST pay attention to your self. Hypothermia can be a killer. It can cloud your judgement.

I have experienced it.

I went out one morning for a long run when it was 37ºF and drizzly. I had run that before. No problem. But the drizzle gradually turned into a light rain. The temperature, unbeknownst to me, was dropping.

Around Mile 6 snow began to mix in. I passed the house at Mile 7+ and thought, "No problem." But I was getting soaked to the skin.

By Mile 8 almost Mile 9, the weather had gone through to sleet/ice pellets then back to all snow and getting colder. And I was soaked.

I began to shiver uncontrollably. I came to a "decision point" on my run -- finish or pull the plug. If I finished I had another 4 or 5 miles to go. If I pulled the plug I could get home in three-quarters of a mile. I was still shivering. I started to turn for the finish. My judgement was clouded.

I slipped on a patch of ice. That was where I said out loud, "Don't be a damned fool. You're cold. Get home." That last 0.75 mile was the longest I think I had ever run. I considered stopping a car for a ride but with the weather getting bad, almost no one was out.

When I got home, I found that my darling wife had bolted the door when she went out. I had asked her not to even lock it (I did have a key) but it was habit for her to do so. It seemed like forever for me to get my gloves off while I was shivering. And I had to pee like TWO racehorses. When I got the door open, my bladder let go in the mud room. I was already wet, but I actually lost control.

I stripped out of my clothes, right down to naked. I made my way to the bathroom and cranked on the shower HOT and just sat in the steam for about 15 minutes until I stopped shivering. Fortunately we have a large capacity water heater I was able to take a long shower too. (Too bad She(WMBO) was out. The best treatment is to strip off the wet clothes and have a warm body wrap themselves around you in a blanket.)

As I cleaned up the mudroom I reflected on what I had just gone through. I had experience running in wet conditions so starting was not a big deal. But I should have pulled the plug when the drizzle became rain. I was foolish not to stop at Mile 7. At my "decision point" my judgement was cloudy. I could have wound up in the hospital or worse. It took me two whole days to warm up to feel normal again. I consider this to be my most severe running injury to date.

This was not February. It was the last weekend of October two years ago, Marine Corps Marathon Weekend 2011.

So be careful. Hypothermia can kill you. Learn the symptoms of it. And the treatments. Stay as dry as you can and monitor yourself for symptoms.

Start by doing what is necessary, then do what is possible and suddenly you will be doing the impossible -- St Francis of Assisi

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11/4/13 9:10 A

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I have the water resistant spibelt. It's pretty good.

also nylon jacket, which doesn't do much in wet..just prepare to get wet, it's not that bad. hat with brim and drymax maximum protection socks are the only ones I'll wear on really wet days.

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11/3/13 10:50 P

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I use a poncho. And for my phone a zip-loc bag.

Start by doing what is necessary, then do what is possible and suddenly you will be doing the impossible -- St Francis of Assisi

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11/3/13 10:10 A

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I wear a plastic poncho when it's raining heavily. Doesn't keep me completely dry but it helps.

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11/3/13 8:53 A

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I also put my ipod in a baggie to keep it dry. I don't think you'll really ever stay dry. Just try and get out when it's raining the least if possible.

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11/3/13 4:15 A

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I just moved from the Seattle area. Bright/hi-viz colors, reflective and led gear, layers with a water resistant outer shell, gore-tex shoes if your feet don't tend to get hot (though these can keep moisture IN too), 2nd pair of running shoes to rotate with first pair that may still be wet, wool or smart wool socks, running rights or capris with reflective stripes on sides, cap or visor to keep rain out of your eyes, headlamp, light wicking running gloves...

I use a spibelt to carry my phone. I think there are waterproof ones, but I just put phone in a zip lock bag.



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11/3/13 12:29 A

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I just started running in April so have no experience running through a fall and winter. It rains here pretty much every day from October to the end of April. When I say it rains, it really pours down. Temps are usually from just above freezing to the low to mid 50s Farenheit. It's gray, gloomy and fairly dark.

What gear do I need from head to toe to stay warm (but not too warm) and dry?
Related question, any tips for a waterproof way to carry my iPhone for safety?



Edited by: RAVELGIRLY at: 11/3/2013 (00:30)
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