I just got back from a run this morning and I’m hoping this will be my first post right after a run. I’ve always been a fan of running in the rain and feel that there are many positive benefits for many reasons. Now don’t get me wrong, it is never safe to be running in the rain when it is pouring outside. Even though today was just drizzling, my New Balance 768’s weren’t gripping to the road as well as I would have wanted them to. In fact, there were sharp turns on the road where I felt like I was going to slip a little. So you definitely need running shoes that will be able to grip the slippery roads. And you need to know when it is raining too hard to run because running with soaked clothes and shoes is just like running with added weights. But other than that, I think that the benefits of running in the run outweigh the disadvantages.
Why you should run in the rain:
- You Run Faster – Seriously, I almost always run faster when it’s raining, probably because I’m more focused on the rain than how tired I am.
- You Won’t Get Heat Exhaustion – It is way harder to run in the heat than during cooler temperatures and the rain will help you keep cool too.
- The Sun Won’t Bother You – Hasn’t there been more than one occasion where you finish your run to find awkward looking tan lines around your ankles, arms, neck, etc?
- It’s Refreshing – Unless you live in an area where it rains all the time, rain won’t happen too often. So when it does, take advantage of the change in weather.
- It’s Fun – Don’t we all wish we could go back to when we were kids and would run and jump in puddles like there was no tomorrow?
I thought I had more reasons than this, but that’s still more than enough for me I think I like running in the rain almost as much as I like running in the dark, which I’ll talk about next time.