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18 May 2011

Top 5 Things to Watch For While Running in the Rain

Cool temperatures and lots of precipitation have been casting a gloomy shadow over Southern Ontario over the past few weeks. As a result, heading out into the rain has become the only option for many runners. While it’s an inconvenience to get wet, running in the rain is not all doom-and-gloom. I tend to enjoy […]

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Cool temperatures and lots of precipitation have been casting a gloomy shadow over Southern Ontario over the past few weeks. As a result, heading out into the rain has become the only option for many runners. While it’s an inconvenience to get wet, running in the rain is not all doom-and-gloom. I tend to enjoy running in the rain, and have done so on many occasions. There are some things to watch out for, however. Here’s five:

[blockquote align=”right”]While it’s an inconvenience to get wet, running in the rain is not all doom-and-gloom.[/blockquote]

[dropcap2]1[/dropcap2] Lethargy
Bad weather brings more than precipitation, it brings bad moods, lethargy, and depression. It’s easy to put off your runs, feel bad about yourself, and say you’ll go another day. Don’t let the rain get you down! Going for a run will make you feel better, and raise your spirits.

[dropcap2]2[/dropcap2] Electrocution
Ok, so maybe I’m blowing it a bit out of proportion, but a little bit of caution can go a long way. You don’t want to be caught out in a storm.

A few years back I was out on a run with my wife and her friend. We ended up in torrential rain, thunder, lighting and hail. We pressed on (my stupidity and “manliness”) and ended up drenched and scared, but thankfully unscathed (and not electrocuted). We later found out that a tornado had touched down less than two kilometers away! I choose not to think about what could have happened. No run is worth dying over. Know the weather, and plan routes accordingly. Stay in urban areas when there’s a threat of a storm, that way you can always get to cover.

[dropcap2]3[/dropcap2] Potholes
Running through puddles is a lot of fun. I know, I did it yesterday. But there’s a hidden danger: potholes. If you’re unfamiliar with your route, if you’re not intimate with your route, you need to beware the abyss of nasty potholes disguised as playful puddles. They’ll beckon you to jump in and play, but lurking beneath may be a bruised toe, twisted ankle, a hyper-extended knee, or worse.

[dropcap2]4[/dropcap2] Cars
Even in the best of weather you need to watch out for the motorists that just aren’t paying attention. Surprisingly, bad weather just makes it worse. It seems as though drivers think people wouldn’t be out in the rain, or perhaps they are just in a hurry to get where they’re going and out of the rain.

Last fall I was out for a run in some pretty heavy rain. I’m quite a cautious runner, and thanks to my Spiderman-like hypersensitivity to my surroundings I narrowly escaped being hit by a guy who blew through a stop sign. After diving out of the way, the guy stopped and I shared some choice words. He had the audacity to say he didn’t think anyone should be out running in the storm, so it was my own fault!

No matter what you think about brainless people behind the wheel who don’t bother to look, or those who roll the stop signs, or those who are just blissfully ignorant, you’re never going to win the fight against a car. Take care, be aware. Don’t let your guard down, especially in the rain.

[dropcap2]5[/dropcap2] Hypothermia
Although full-blown hypothermia may be unlikely, it is a possibility. Many people feel warm and fuzzy after their run and decide to cool down by walking for a while. Doing so in the cold and rain can have some pretty bad consequences. Do yourself a favour after finishing your run in the rain – get inside to do your warm-down, get those wet clothes off and take a warm shower.

Hopefully the rain will quit soon. In the meantime, have fun running in the rain!

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