What I Learned From Running In The Rain

You really have to have a plan for your run, and there’s no way around it. Because your running could end up getting you lost in the mud or into a pond. If it does end up getting you in more trouble than it’s worth, you might as well plan for it. If you run and don’t see or hear anything dangerous on the way, it’s not that big a deal and there’s no reason to panic.

I ran in the rain three times in the last couple weeks. I don’t mean I ran around at night in the rain, but as I mentioned last week, I was doing a 5K when my phone started going off with warnings. I’d read on a few blogs that if you’re walking at night with headlights on, make sure you turn them off before you cross a road. For that reason I was wearing my running shorts that day, but it wasn’t enough to keep me safe. If I’d been wearing some sort of hat and reflective gloves instead, I’d be a happy camper.

I did a couple runs, I was happy I’d run in the rain and it was a nice way to spend the day and it was nice to have something to push the pace and get the extra work in. If I wasn’t running in the morning though, it wouldn’t have mattered. Most people (like me) hate the cold. I’m not even a fan, and I’ve been here longer than most. I don’t even hate walking by the beach during the summer. When I was in grad school I would walk by there almost like a ghost, but now I don’t care. Why? It’s not a big deal at all.

All I’m saying is I made the decision to do the run in the rain a couple weeks ago, and I’m still not quite sure why I went for it. I didn’t know much about the route. I thought I might be crossing a river or something. For all I knew I might be crossing some creek, but you do what you’ve got to do. I’m not sure if I’ll be back, though. Maybe it’s the weather, or maybe it’s the fact that I might not come back to do it again, or maybe (just maybe…), it was an experience I want to have again. But one day that’s what I want to do. Maybe I’ll do it out in the countryside, maybe out in the city. Maybe I’ll do it on this trail. Maybe I’ll do nothing. Maybe I’ll have a drink. Maybe I’ll run and have a nice run. Maybe even just walk in the forest…

Runners In The Rain, Part I

You have to plan all your runs. You have to run all the time, even when the temperature is in the 30s, and you have no idea what you’ll be doing. I once ran and didn’t run, because I was in a different time zone and I couldn’t tell how much time had passed, and I was nervous I wasn’t going to be able to come back and run. That’s not fun in the least. To me it feels like a loss not knowing how long you have left. You can learn a lot about yourself from your runs, and you can learn a lot about yourself from your friends and family. The best part of running in the rain can be that people are impressed. It doesn’t feel like a waste of time for some people. For some people a long run isn’t enough, they’re looking for a challenge, they’re looking for a challenge to get out of bed, they’re looking for a challenge to get out of their seats at the movies (or when going out to dinner), they’re looking for a challenge to keep their hands busy. And when people are showing you that you’re doing something right, sometimes you can be pretty darn motivated to get a little more done.

In the rain, people want to be around you to catch you when the next rain hits. People see the excitement on your face, how much stronger and more determined you’re feeling. Maybe they are worried about you, they’re scared you’ll get hurt.