/ Running in the rain?
Try running in the snow! That's where it's at!
Or getting a buddy. Harder to bail out if the two of ye have planned it.
It has become one of my favourite things. Just wear a decent top and you will stay warm enough. Anyway with this weather what choice do we have. Gym...I don't think so.
Go and do it with a changed plan:-to go for a shorter distance just to keep your hand in.Then you may find that you get used to it and go a little longer...
Its all about getting out the door, once you're 1km ish in to it, I actually enjoy running in the rain.
I did an hour in the woods last night and for once it was getting to me. Starting to get a bit tired of the constant slop, drizzle and rain. That said I think I'll be out again later :)
I have a lunch time running buddy but not weekend, and you're right it does help.
Just go. You never regret a run and within a few 100m its fine and you are warm.
I love winter nights, long runs in the rain, under street lights.. its when the gains are made as you know many of your rivals will be taking the night off.. feel all smug. :-)
It's like Christmas day training..
Dont bother, give in, stop in bed.
My two local parkruns were cancelled today because the weather had messed up the courses, was nice to stay in bed. Well it was until my 9 month old decided it was time we all got up, so much for the lie in!
I seem to find it easier to motivate myself to get out in winter because it's always dark and cold. In the summer you're thinking "hmmm, it's not very nice today, maybe I should leave it till tomorrow" or if it's nice you're thinking "lets have a BBQ and scrap the run". In the winter the weather doesn't even matter, it's usually shit so it's not going to enter your decision making process over whether to go out or not, what else are you going to do, watch TV? Bleurgh. You could always take a self timer photo of yourself sitting in front of the telly in your boxers eating a greasy pizza and every time you don't feel like going for a run get it out the draw and have a peek at what the alternative is?
I like running in the rain anyway though, tramping through the woods, squelching through the mud with the head torch picking every rain drop out. And when it's really pouring you've got it all to yourself, because most people are inside. Maybe if you become anti-social you'll enjoy the rain more? No barking dogs, no screaming kids, no real runners twice your age sailing past you.
I find leaving my running gear sitting out for when I get in/get up helps, once you're getting into your running gear on autopilot then the battle's won and like everyone says once you're out it's fine. Once you get into the habit of just going it makes it easier to just go, once you get into the habit of backing out it makes it easier to back out.
Agreed - once you get going it's OK. I rarely set out in rain but accept it if it sets in later.
One christmas many years ago I stayed at Buttermere YHA and my only exercise was to run - for the most part on the fell. I carried pertex shell clothing but on one particular occasion I had an uncanny out-of-body experience running in cold driving rain. It seemed my core heat maintained but I lost all 'external' feeling (soaked to the skin). Disconnection. It was like remote piloting. Luckily I avoided cramps and so kept going to maintain core heat. I could never have intended this experience but so valuable & quite unforgetable. Hot shower at the end of a run like this (& I've had plenty others returning mildly hypothermic) are exquisite - there's a compensation :)
>Hot shower at the end of a run like this (& I've had plenty others returning mildly hypothermic) are exquisite - there's a compensation :)
Unless you get the hot aches all over....
Is it the rain or the rain AND the cold?
I think that's my problem, once I'm out there I'll carry on, but going out - urgh.
I don't mind dry cold. When I run in the cold I warm up quite quickly. Somehow that doesn't happen when I'm also wet :/
I did get out today, even though it was cold and a bit windy. Did 15k at the Saltaire Shaker :)
Completely agree with you I can run in the cold I can run in the rain but put the 2 together and it just completely zaps my motivation.
Have found that a decent Gore-Tex Active shell running jacket helps.
BTW well done on the 15k
Also the good thing about the rain and the dark is that it makes it seem okay not to be going very fast.
I do find I get very sore nipples once my top gets wetted through and heavy and bounces around, however
Yes. I'm really good at backing out
It's known as a '5 and 9' in our cycling club, from the tongue in cheek (mostly) rules of the Velominati. Rule 5 is Harden the F up, and rule 9 is essentially that the weather does not matter. Velominati.com
Run at night, you can't see the rain.
I dislike running in the rain because I need glasses and they get covered in droplets, and I really don't get on with contacts. Were it not for that I doubt I'd care provided I was warm enough.
(I'll tend to "run hot" rather than bordering hypothermia, though, in terms of what I would wear)
Bad weather always looks worse when you are inside and looking out at it through a window.
I run hot as well, so I'll run in shorts, t-shirt and a thin pair of gloves until I'm too warm, when I take the gloves off. That'll see me down to about -2C on a 5k run. I'll still be sweating buckets at the end though.
I'm able to see well enough without my glasses for that to not be an issue, but my beloved has a Decathlon peaked cap that works well for keeping the rain off her glasses
Blizzard conditions last year did necessitate leggings and long sleeves, and I'd have loved to have had some sort of glasses on just to stop the ice being whipped into my eyeballs, but those are rare conditions.
Get a dog, and when it gives you 'that look' you know that it's time to get your shorts and trainers on (the muddy set) and go and get wet/dirty. I've been lucky enough to have the dog (and shower) at work which means that I don't get grief from the wife for the state we both come back in!
Ha ha that Christmas Day training reminded me of Daley Thompson. Winner's mentality.
Today was a winner - went out (with running budd,y so backing out not an option) in sunshine, started to rain, the sun came back out but the rain turned to hail.
Baseball cap is my tip.
Somehow I have no problem with it raining if it's kept off my head (bizarre I know….!)
agreed - its a most basic instinct to protect the head ... and goolies ;)
That's one of the things that motivates me - I've got a border collie, so no long walk every morning is not an option, so I figure if I'm going out in grim weather anyway I might as well coincide it with a run.
On Wednesday it was hooning it down with rain, but windy too - the minute I stepped out the door it became sleet which then turned to thick wet snow during the run. The wind made it difficult to run without it driving into my eyes and it was a thoroughly miserable run but like somebody said, the hot shower at the end of it made it worthwhile - and a happy dog.
Do you have a training plan or do you just run spontaneously? If you know you're dropping behind on your planned mileage it can give you some motivation, or if you've been stacking up more than you need you can sometimes reward yourself with a day in bed.
Am more of a cat person than a dog person. Wonder if I could get a cheetah? ;)
I'll bear that in mind ;)
It's true that it seems less unpleasant if it starts to rain while out, than if you actually have to go out and start in the rain.
There's a clear message coming through here ;)
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