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How To Dress For Rainy Runs?

How To Dress For Rainy Runs?

How to Dress for Rainy Runs?

Rains can easily discourage fitness enthusiasts from stepping outside. If you are very driven, have a marathon to train for, or simply want to see how it feels, then it is necessary to prepare for rainy runs. The most important thing to take care of is the attire you wear.

It is easy to think that adding layers of clothes will make you water-proof. On the contrary, it will make your running experience worse as the clothes will shrink and take a longer time to dry. So do not focus on the number of layers on you. Instead, pay attention to the fabric and the stitching of the outfit you put on for running in the rain.

Running Kit For Rainy Runs

The usual running kit worn for training and races has a breathable quality. The fabric of the kit is also adept at wicking the sweat away, keeping your skin cool and dry. For a run in the rain, this same fabric can be your friend. It will not retain extra moisture and will dry up quickly. But remember, natural fabrics like cotton are not suitable for running in the rain. Similar to a sponge, natural fibers will soak up extra rain water and weigh you down. You will also feel a constant dampness against your skin which is uncomfortable to say the least.

Once you have your running kit, you should consider upgrading some other clothing items. Your shoes, socks, jacket and hat should have some resistance to water. This will make your rainy runs more comfortable. You can read about them in detail below.

Running Jacket For Rainy Runs

The purpose of the running jacket is to protect you against wind and rain. So, when you are shopping for a running jacket make sure that it is both wind-proof and rain-proof. If you are confused, look for water and wind proof features like fabric reflectivity and taped seams. As a rule of thumb, any good water-proof jacket will be breathable to ensure proper ventilation. Its fabric should also have the ability to wick the sweat away to keep your skin dry and cool.

Running Shoes For Rainy Runs

Running shoes should be breathable otherwise your feet will become too sweaty. Typical running shoes also have sweat-wicking fabric for added comfort. Make sure that the shoes are not made of cotton or any other natural fabric. Cotton will absorb more water, making the shoes heavier and inconvenient for running.

Your shoes should fit you well to eliminate any extra space where the water can get clogged. The grip of the sole should be good enough to withstand slippery terrains, be it muddy trails or cemented roads. If you slip, you could gravely injure yourself.

Running Socks For Rainy Runs

Invest in socks that are specifically designed for the purpose of running. These running socks wick away the sweat and moisture and keep your skin cool and dry. They are also breathable and provide proper air circulation. Too much moisture and lack of ventilation can result in rubbing and eventually lead to the formation of blisters on the feet. So while shopping for socks, look for features like mesh ventilation (under the foot’s arch), sweat-wicking ability, a snug fit and flat seams. 

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