|What a miserable day for race|
This means that I will most likely be 2/2 for rainy weather on race day this year for my NYRR races! I learned a few things during my rainy 4-miler last month, and hopefully they will help me this time around as well...
- If there's enough rain, NOTHING is really water proof...but still wearing a water proof/water resistant jacket helps at least for the first mile or 2.
- Keep yourself as dry as possible before you start. I wore a plastic poncho over my running clothes, plastic bags over my shoes, and had an umbrella to hang onto in the corrals. I tossed everything before I started, and at least I was semi-dry.
- Have warm stuff waiting. I warmed up pretty fast when I started running...but as soon as I finished, my body temperature came down fast! I was very happy to have a set of dry clothes to get into
- Leave the electronics at home. Unless you feel like risking your phone or iPod - why risk it? The exception being water resistant watches - they (should) be ok. If you absolutely must have your phone on you, keep it in a plastic baggie. in a case. in another pouch. Better safe than sorry!
- Keep your eyes dry. If you can't see, how can you run? Wearing a visor/hat will help keep the rain away - and if you have big glasses/sunglasses that cover your eyes completly and won't affect your vision, even better.
- Bodyglide is your friend. Even if you don't usually blister, you'll be surprised how the rain can make even the most technical fabrics rub and irritate you. And don't forget about covering your feet - they are the most susceptible to blisters in the rain!
- Mind over body. If you go into a race thinking this sucks, it will suck. If you can find the fun in it (hey, remember playing in the rain as a kid?) then it might not be so bad after all.