Running in the Rain plus Runner’s World Summer Running Streak #RWRunStreak

This morning the weather looked gloomy and rain was predicted for the whole day so I was faced with the prospect of running in the rain or running on the dreadmill at Planet Fitness.  Neither option left me sprinting to the door to get my run on so naturally I did what everyone does when they don’t know what to do………I tweeted my options and requested feedback.

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Every reply I got to this tweet said to run in the rain!!!  This particular reply really got me thinking:

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I never really thought about the fact that if and when I do decide to run in the rain I would really need a backup pair of sneakers because the ones I wore would probably need a few days to dry.  Thanks Krissy for the good advice!!

With the prospect of running in the rain looming all day I thought about what would absolutely keep me from running in the rain and I came up with this list:

  • Temperature:  It must be over 50 degrees.  While the prospect of running in the rain is not particularly appealing to me I am willing to do it as long as it is above 50 degrees, anything below that would just be way too cold!  Running in the cold rain is definitely out!
  • Light to Moderate rain only:  Light to moderate rain is okay but running in torrential downpours is definitely out mostly because I think it would be potentially dangerous.  One reason is that when it rains that hard visibility is reduced and drivers will be unable to see you running, plus when it rains hard on Long Island everyone seems to forget how to drive safely.  The second reason is that I am bound to slip and fall or step in a deep puddle which would just make the rest of my run very uncomfortable.
  • No Thunderstorms or Lightening:  Checking the forecast right before going out is a must because running in a thunderstorm with the possibility of lightening is just not smart.  I absolutely do not want to get struck by lightening, hit by hail or hit by falling branches or trees.

After all this thinking and debating about whether or not to run in the rain it actually stopped raining and my run was a dry one.  The only problem I encountered during the run was the humidity which actually left me longing for the rain…go figure.

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It turned out to be a great run!!  I am loving my Nike Lunar Eclipse 2 sneakers and am thinking I should buy like 10 more pairs so that I will always have another pair to run in after I wear out my current pair which is going to be quick with marathon training starting soon.

Plus I have decided to participate in the #RWRunStreak thanks to this tweet I came across today:

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I am not really the run streak type but I was intrigued enough to check out the details.  Runner’s Word has decided to host their first ever summer #RWRunStreak (they did a holiday one in December) which will start on Memorial Day (5/28) and end on Independence Day (7/4).   With spring goals ending and training for fall races not beginning for another month or so this is a way to bridge the gap and maintain spring fitness by running at least 1 mile per day for the whole 38 days.

I have never done a run streak before but the timing is right so I am going to give it a try and you can too!!!  Check out the official Runner’s World post here and be sure to follow along on Twitter using the hashtag #RWRunStreak.

Two questions for you today:
  1. Do you run in the rain and what would absolutely stop you from doing so??
  2. Have you ever participated in a run streak?
ToniSignature Running in the Rain plus Runners World Summer Running Streak  #RWRunStreak
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Comments

  1. says

    I feel hardcore when I run in the rain! I agree though that heavy rain or very cold conditions would stop me from running in the rain.

    As for a run streak challenge – I have wanted to try one! Maybe this summer challenge will be the one!
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    • Toni Church says

      Yes I definitely feel hardcore when I run in the rain!!! You should definitely join the running streak!

    • Toni Church says

      That’s scary to run with bad storms, that is one of my fears so I am constantly checking the weather channel.

  2. says

    Hi Tonie – Running in the rain isn’t that bad if you don’t have to wear glasses and it isn’t a downpour. A light rain is actually a lot of fun to run in :-). My shoes are on the front steps drying out from yesterday’s run in the rain.

    Running streak – probably not, they get me into trouble and I don’t listen to my body in order to keep them alive and I tend to end up with some sort of injury at around days 20-30. However, for some they are the motivation needed to keep running and that is a good thing :-).

    Go run in the rain next time and come back with a smile on your face :-).

    Harold
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    • Toni Church says

      Thanks Harold!!! I am going to try to love running in the rain, I will def go out next time and return with a smile!!! I am a little nervous about the running streak but I figure I can do 1 mile on the days I normally rest and it shouldn’t get me into trouble!!!

  3. says

    I love running in the rain. But not if it’s pouring. I never thought about the wet shoe thing… that’s so true. Those shoes could be wet for days!!!
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    • Toni Church says

      Thanks for stopping by, I am going to learn to love running in the rain!!!