Rain. It happens, even on race day.
For most of us, this is probably not our favorite scenario. Especially if it's a goal race or one we've trained especially hard for, rain on race day can be a real buzz kill. Now that Spring is officially here, the likelihood of rain in the forecast is a possibility.
What's a runner to do? Stay home and declare a DNS? Or, lace up (anyways), dress up (in appropriate rainy weather gear) and show up at that start line?
Although rainy race day conditions are not ideal, they can be bearable. Here are a few tips to make the day a little less painful....
|pic from I <3 to run|
|tech fabric for the win!|
|dry-cleaning bag #glamourousnot|
|two necessary race day words: Wool Socks|
As you are running, do proceed with caution. It's easy to focus on your own discomfort, but pay attention to the slick streets or slippery trails. Also, watch for puddles...they may be deeper than they appear.
|Yes, you may be a muddy mess when you are finished|
And, last of all, remember to smile! Having a good attitude will do wonders for your spirits. Although rain can make for miserable conditions, it also can make you feel like a beast for persevering through it. If it's in the dead heat of summer, a little bit of rain actually feels quite refreshing.
Anyways, these are a few coping strategies that have helped me make the most out of less-than-ideal conditions on a rainy morning. We all have our own comfort levels and we get to choose where we draw the line between showing up or staying home.
Have you ever trained really hard for a big race, only have it rain on race day? How do you feel about running in the rain? Ever wiped out on a muddy trail or slippery path? Ever run in a garbage bag or dry-cleaning bag?
I'm linking this with Meranda and Lacey for the Friday with Fairytales and Fitness link-up.