Run Safe in the Rain

by: Linzay Logan

 

Running in the rain can be a liberating and fun experience – think about the nostalgia it can bring back from when you fearlessly jumped in puddles as a child. All grown up, going for a run in the rain can be just as fun as long as you prepare for it and stay safe. Use these tips to stay safe next time you head out for a run when it’s raining, it’s pouring, and the old man is snoring.

  • Wear reflective clothing
    Visibility in the rain is limited just as much in the rain as it is at night so to ensure drivers can see you, wear clothing with several reflective elements visible from all angles.
  • Run facing traffic
    Run opposite the flow of traffic so you can see oncoming cars and can make any quick moves if need be.
  • Stay on running paths or the curb
    Jumping off the curb to run in the bicycle lane is appealing – the wide-open space to run where you wish! But stick to a running path or the curb when visibility is limited for an extra cushion from traffic. Plus, you might avoid getting the runoff splashed on you when a car drives by a little too close.
  • Run a familiar loop
    Running in the rain is not a good time to go searching for a new running route and find yourself lost in the middle of a muddy construction zone. Instead, run a route you are familiar with so you know where to avoid potholes and other road hazards.
  • Dress for the weather
    If it is raining and above 70 degrees you should be fine with a water repellent jacket; however, if it is raining and cold outside be sure to wear a jacket along with a hat, gloves and an extra layer to ward off hypothermia and frostbite.