A new year inevitably brings resolutions, fresh starts and good intentions. I’ve been reading about lots of bloggers determined to get fit in 2011 and there seems to be lots of people taking on challenges like running a marathon for charity.
Taking on a running regime at this time of year has its pitfalls though, not least of which having to go out in dark, rainy weather. Actually, if you can get yourself out there, it can be quite nice to go running in the rain. I’m not talking about hard, driving downpours – I’ve done my fair share of wringing my socks out after a run, and I can’t claim it’s uplifting – but gentle rain and a cool, rather than icy temperature is pleasant once you get going. The right kit can make a rainy run a much less onerous experience – here are my tips:
Cap – some kind of lightweight baseball cap will stop the rain getting in your eyes and is much better than a hood. Buy a white or pale coloured one and it will help visibility if you’re running in the dark and will also be useful on those far off sunny days.
Gillet – I prefer a showerproof gillet to a waterproof with sleeves. Either way, buy a lightweight, breathable one -you quickly get sweaty in a waterproof jacket – and don’t overdo the layers underneath. One long sleeved top under a gillet should be enough.
Lightweight gloves -cold, wet hands when you first set off are not a nice feeling. Once you warm up, you can take these off and carry them.
Running tights – you may prefer to wear looser gym pants to run in, but in the rain they will get sodden and heavy and will feel horrible.
Any other runners out there are welcome to leave their wet weather tips in the comments below. If you’re running as a new year’s resolution, or are taking on a challenge for charity, I wish you lots of luck. Don’t let the weather put you off!