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how to dress for running in the winter rain?

GLC19682010-12-13 19:19:11 +0000 #1
Ok, I need help. I don't really know how to dress for running in the rain. I'm starting a new running plan this week and while it's supposed to be sunny, it won't stay that way for long (PNW here!). I realized that I really don't know how to dress for running in the rain.

Assume it's about 50F and light rain - what do you wear for your run and does it vary based on how long you'll be out there?

While I assume that I can make my cycling wardrobe work, I'm just not sure how to use the pieces appropriately when it's both chilly and wet. Wet and warm I can figure out. Cold and dry I can figure out. I have no experience with wet and cold and running!

Veronica2010-12-13 19:27:39 +0000 #2
I usually go to the gym and run on the treadmill those days.

Actually, I have run a few days in the rain. I wear tights, wool socks, a wool jersey and a capilene bra top. I wear a wool hand band over my ears. I have a great bicycling jersey from Ground Effect that I like to wear when I'm running. It's wool, but has a wind blocker front and a really long zipper. My other wool running jersey is from Ibex. Both have thumb holes and I'll tuck my fingers inside at first, but then I usually get too hot. The Ibex one also has a hood, but I don't wear it for long.

Jolt2010-12-13 19:57:59 +0000 #3
I actually just did a run tonight in 57-degree light rain--a little warmer than what you're talking about, but not a huge difference. I was just in wind pants and an Icebreaker tank top and was quite comfortable.
Becky2010-12-13 20:17:56 +0000 #4
I've run in those temps/conditions in a long sleeve top, a wind vest, and shorts. I wasn't cozy, but I wasn't freezing either after the first 5 minutes....right where I like to be.
GLC19682010-12-13 21:01:09 +0000 #5
V - I have a treadmill in the basement, but when most of the winter days will be rainy - running on it gets really old!

OK, you guys are confirming what I thought - that I'll just get warm enough to kind of suck up the wet factor and if I stick to wool, I'll stay reasonably comfortable.

Would a hat help (maybe keep rain out of the eyes) or just make me too hot?

It will get colder, too. Most of the winter, it'll be in the low 40's but since we shouldn't see temps quite that cold for a bit yet, I'm planning for warmer.
Jolt2010-12-13 20:53:41 +0000 #6
Yes, a baseball cap is helpful to keep rain out of your eyes. It shouldn't make you too hot in those temperatures.
KnottedYet2010-12-13 21:42:00 +0000 #7
I love to run in the rain.

(I also love to ride in the rain).

Wool socks, wool tights, wool shirt. Vest if it's cold enough. Long rain jacket. Nylon baseball hat with blinky-light.

Usually I don't need gloves, as I get very warm when exercising. If I do need gloves I wear wool.



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