We’ve all heard about the cheerful spin on April showers, but let’s face it: Those raindrops can make running a little less fun. Running in the rain doesn’t have to be terrible, though. First, dial in your gear, then adjust your mindset.
1. CHOOSE THE RIGHT TERRAIN
If it’s been raining for a week, you might want to pass on singletrack trails or ones featuring lots of small stream crossings. Find a route that has a safe sidewalk or a pedestrian path that’s closed from cars if possible — and avoid ultra-muddy areas.
2. DRESS FOR WEATHER, NOT RAIN
It’s common to overdress in the spring, but when temperatures are above freezing, opt for a raincoat and regular tights or even shorts. The UA Bora Rain Jacket, for example, is waterproof but designed to be breathable when you’re running. If you’re always cold, add a cap and gloves, but skip the full waterproof outfit.
3. ENLIST A FRIEND
Study after study shows that running with a friend will increase your chances of sticking to your training and burning more calories, compared to going solo. If you see clouds in the forecast, make yourself accountable to a run partner by setting a date to put in a few miles.
4. WEAR OLD SHOES
Usually we have some old shoes with a few miles of life left in them kicking around the house. Stick with those old, worn-out ones when you’re going out on muddy or wet terrain. Save your good gear for the nice days.
5. ENJOY IT
Science has shown that if you think of your workout as a grueling process that you have to get through, you’ll actually eat more calories afterward than if you considered your workout to be fun and enjoyable. Channel your inner kid and enjoy splashing in puddles. We so often see the rain as a negative, but it’s a cooling device, and with the right mindset it can be fun. Let your mindset shift from one of “I need to get this run finished,” to a simple, “Weeeeee!” Turn on your perkiest playlist, slap a smile on your face and enjoy the adventure.
GEAR UP FOR YOUR NEXT RUN