Oh hello precipitation! It’s been far too long since you and I met on the streets of Oakland. So long in fact, that I had forgotten a few key things but taking a run in the rain – and perhaps some other joggers out there were curious about how the hay to hit the pavement swiftly, safely, and without being saturated (let me tell you – ain’t gonna happen. Running in the rain means getting a bit soaked).
1. If you’re running with an iPod, bring your jacket.
Yes, for real. And I say this as someone who literally hates wearing a jacket while running, even when it is raining. But your music-playing device, whatever brand it may be, should stay dry to work properly. You don’t want that puppy cutting out on you, and I hate worrying about a soggy sound system (mini or not). Even if you get hot, you can wrap your ‘pod in your jacket and keep rolling.
2. If you’re running with earbuds, cover your ears.
Rain + earbuds = buds getting the chance to experience a waterslide right out of the crook of your ear. A hat or a sweatband is advisable, or you’ll wind up doing what I did, which was eventually just drop the buds in my jacket pocket and enjoy the scenery (sorry, This American Life. I’ll catch you at the gym.) Side note: your head will sweat more and feel even wetter thanks to the drizzle. Don’t mind your reflection – you’re just bringing sexy back.
3. Feet. Wet. Now.
Go ahead, try to avoid puddles. I double-dog dare you. Puddles are pranksters. They’re regular Pucks. Accept your feet are going to get sloshed (but without a hangover – squee!) and then you can stop fretting they will get sloggy. It’s much more stress relieving.
4. Brick paths are slippery.
Stay off them in the rain. (And there is one in particular in the Oakland hills that might have made me flail like bacon this morning.)
5. What to Wear
– It’s raining. So…that means it must be cold, right? Oh no. Not at all. A long sleeve shirt is not required under your rain jacket for some varieties of rain (and for some I’m sure it’s welcome). I was overheated almost instantly this morning.
– Be bright. Be visible. This is not the time for black or grey. Grab your neon green Under Armor and go.
– And pants? Also not required – wait, let me rephrase. You should cover yourself, but wearing yoga pants is not advisable – they soaked up water down to my toes and then were plastered to my legs. Made me wish I’d worn shorts. Or something waterproof. Or heck, just my skivvies.
6. It’s Mighty Amazing
You might hate running in the rain. But if you can handle being a bit water-logged, running when the world going through a natural cleaning process is brilliant. Catch the scent of wet pavement, notice the ice-plant flowers either hiding from the water or enjoying the shower, see geese taking baths in runoff (and blocking traffic while they do), and enjoy the compliments – people are impressed when you run in the rain, doubly so if you challenge yourself to a hill or two.