A plastic poncho or water resistant jacket. Have dry clothes at the finish line. If you clothes are soaked, you do not want to hang around in them.
You say "not that cold" for 50 - 60 degrees. But if you get soaked, you can still be at risk for hypothermia at those temperatures. In fact, that is where much of the danger exists because of complacency ... it seems to warm to worry about "freezing to death." But hypothermia is not about freezing. It's about your core becoming so chilled your thermostat fails.
If you begin to shiver and you can't do anything to stop it, stop running and get medical attention. If you are able to finish but are shivering because of soaked clothes, strip them off and put on dry clothes as soon as possible. If that means tossing modesty to the winds, better embarrassment than a hospital stay or worse.
Oh and have fun!
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All good suggestions. Robyn, thanks for sharing the link. 50 to 60 degrees and raining, some of my most memorable runs had similar conditions. I would wear a hat, take a very light weight water repellant jacket, use the Glide and plan on having lots of fun with my fellow runners. You're not likely to set a person best record so you might as well have fun.
I would echo the advice about tights. I've recently started using lightweight wool tights, and I ran my last half marathon in the rain in them under a running skirt. It was a cool day in my case, but I stayed warm enough without getting overheated and even though I was very wet by the end, my legs did not feel it all.
Denise (Half Fanatic #1279) - PDT Time Zone
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You mention wearing a long-sleeve tech shirt but only shorts. In that situation, I'd also wear tights - very lightweight so they dry almost instantly but nice to keep off the chill that can come from even a mild breeze when it's raining at that temperature range (particular if it's at the lower end of the range).
Most of my friends scoff at wearing tights in such mild temps but I find tights unnoticeable. Furthermore, tights also stop any chafing between my thighs. (With shorts, I have to use bodyglide; with tights, I need no bodyglide so that's one less thing to worry about!)
I have never done a race or long run in anything more than a drizzle. My only suggestions is lot of BodyGlide and a hat w/a visor. My local running store just published some advice on running in the rain:
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I've only run one HM, but it was 42*f and pouring the whole time. I'm sure that the two things that kept me sane were 1) putting vaseline on my feet just before the race. Though my feet were soaked, I didn't even get a hint of blister. 2) having a hat with a deep visor, keeping rain off my face.
I am going to be running the Davis Turkey Trot HM on Saturday. There is a 60% chance of rain and the temperature will be between 50 - 60 degrees.
I've been running for 18 months and have had the good luck so far of running without rain, now I may be faced with running the entire HM in the rain. It won't be that cold, so what would you do to prepare for this in the realm of clothing and just preparing in general.
I am at the moment planning on wearing running shoes, shorts, long sleeve tech shirt, and a running cap. I also will wear my water bottle/gu gel holder thing around my waist. I wear glasses, although I could run without them if necessary.
It is going to be a real flat course, so slipping should not be a huge issue.
Any thoughts or comments would be greatly appreciated !! This will be my second HM.
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