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12-11-2010, 01:15 PM
I recently moved from a very dry, warm area to a very rainy area. I really dislike my treadmill so I'd like to go back to running outside.

The very idea of running in the rain does not sound very fun. I tried it a couple of times and didn't like it much. What should I wear so that I don't feel totally drenched when I'm through?

And I run in Vibram Five Fingers KSOs which are not waterproof. When I wear them in the rain, my feel get very clammy and pruny. Should I choose a different shoe, or just deal with it?

12-11-2010, 01:57 PM
When it rains-
I wear a long sleeve tech shirt and tech pants and a reflective vest if I run at night. I used to wear a jacket or vest but it retained to much heat and I would sweat to death. Since I was getting wet anyway I ditched the jacket for a long sleeve shirt. I wear and older pair of running shoes when there is a chance my shoes will get soaked.

katy trail
12-11-2010, 02:23 PM
what about a rain jacket or type of gear with a hood?

12-11-2010, 02:40 PM
The only real changes I make for rain are (a) a cap or visor to keep the rain off my face, (b) waterproof pocket or plastic baggie or whatever for the MP3 player, and (c) wearing a colored, not white, tee.

12-11-2010, 07:37 PM
Thanks for your responses. I agree that ditching the jacket is likely a good idea, especially since it realy feels bulky. And I'll add in a hat as well.

I'm thinking about adding in some winter running tights but I'm really afraid of how they're going to look.

12-11-2010, 10:58 PM
I ran in the rain last week and it wasn't that bad. I'd take running in the rain over running in the freezing cold any day :)