Since Kansas City is one good rain short of drowning, we figured there's no better time than now to post a few tips as far as being smart when running in the rain.
Many avid runners don't find running in harsher weather conditions to be intimidating, and casual walkers, joggers, and runners are more likely to head outside in the rain when the weather warms back up in the spring and summer. Don't get me wrong - a few of us are all about it, too. We just want to make sure we can help you to stay safe and prevent situations or injuries the rain will increase when you hit the road, outdoors.
1. Wear Your Neon!
On the rainier days, neon is especially important for drivers on the road to see you. Visibility is almost as low as when it's dark outside, but car brakes have a higher flaw ratio when conditions are anything less than perfect. Bright colors will just help to ensure drivers see you in time to make adjustments and accommodations to runners and bikers.
2. Compression Is Best
If you're not wearing running leggings, wear compression shorts underneath your running shorts. Not only do they help to maintain body temperature, but they're also great to help wet thighs avoid chafing.
3. Seal Your Electronics ---
Use workout gear with sealed, zipper pockets, to keep your phone or ipod directly out of the rain. However, since most zipper pockets may not completely keep the water out, you can always put your phone in a plastic bag or plastic wrap, or even find yourself a waterproof case. They're more expensive than a typical case, but I'm sure you'll get more use out of it than just running in the rain (dropping phones in the bathroom, in lakes/pools, etc.)
4. CHECK YOUR SHOES!!!
Take a look at the bottom of the running shoes you're planning to wear. If you've had them for a long time, or they've acquired milage from running on treadmills from over the winter, the tread may be worn down to the point that they no longer have any useful amount of traction. This isn't typically a big problem when it's dry outside, but it does add a significant increased risk of injury in the rain. Use some shoes that have more tread on them to avoid slips, falls, or other injuries.
5. Adapt Your Workout
Firstly, don't plan on beating your personal best when it's raining. Harsh weather conditions can considerably decrease your speed - even if you don't realize it. More importantly, increase your stride rate. If you're one to run with longer strides or you have longer legs, try your best to shorten your stride to decrease your time on a slippery surface.
6. DO. NOT. RUN. WHEN. IT'S. STORMY.
Rain is one thing, storms are completely different. Water is an electric conductor, and the risk of dangers to your health increase when lightning is near. Make sure to check radar to ensure it's only rain coming in your direction, not hail or lightning.