We’ve been getting clobbered with rain for close to 10 days. Rainy days can really put a damper on your outdoor exercising plans so it’s good to have proper gear. Rainy day running clothes can be pricey and there’s a lot of items to choose from. Here are a few tips on what items are worth spending for and where to save some money!
1. Spend. Invest in a breathable, water-repellent jacket. Yes, you’ll spend a minimum of $75 on one of these babies, but it is worth it. Things to look for are the words “breathable”, “water-repellent” and “arm vents”. You want to be protected but your sweat and body heat needs to escape or it will feel like you’re wearing a rubber suit.
2. Save. Skip the waterproof hats. Your head is going to sweat and the cool rain will be a nice relief.
3. Spend. Technical clothing. You should not run in cotton as a general rule and in the rain it’s just plain silly. Cotton absorbs water and causes chafing and is plain uncomfortable. If you are on a budget look at stores such as Target or Sports Basement for less expensive technical gear.
4. Save. Waterproof shoes. Unless you are tramping through small rivers and lakes or trail running, save the money and wear your regular shoes. To help dry your shoes after a soggy run, stuff them with newspaper and put them on top of the dryer while you’re drying a load of clothes. Avoid placing shoes in the dryer (or oven) to dry them. The extreme heat can damage the sole material.
I hope these simple tips to help you turn that rainy day frown upside down!
Now go run!