Running In The Rain
|Great Strides 2007 Shelly Florence-Glover|
During the 1997 New York City Marathon the rain hammered runners. I was personally looking for Noah to be making rounds.
Marathoner Sandeep Desai had oodles of practice running in the slop. This log entry comes from August 1997 while he trained in Bombay India — in the monsoon season:
Long runs In The rain
In the words of the late great Emil Zatopek, "There is a great advantage in training under unfavorable conditions. It is better to train under bad conditions, for the difference is than a tremendous relief in a race."
Most of us are lucky we don’t have to train through a monsoon — let alone an entire monsoon season.
But the New York area is not without wind and rain of its own. A 1996 nor’easter slammed the New York City area in prime long run time -- two weeks before the Marathon. Some 86 faithful would-be marathoners trounced through 20 miles of Westchester’s Croton Aqueduct mud within yards of a vomiting Hudson River. The county required Federal Aid to get back on its feet — the runners did not. Needless to say, 20 miles of those conditions and the real New York City Marathon seemed a jog in the park.
So what is it that gets these runners through the wind, rain, and mud of marathon training? A few tricks and a lot of determination.
Avoiding Rain Drain
Rubbing clothes and blisters can be annoying any time but they are exacerbated by the rain. Apply a little petroleum jelly but not water soluble ( rain washes them away) body lubricants to tender spots. Don’t know where the tender spots are? Wait until you step into a hot shower after a long run — you’ll know instantly where you're missing skin.
Generally good spots to coat lightly are under bra and jock straps, between thighs, under arms, nipples and don’t forget the feet. It’ll only take a few trial and error runs to identify clothing that rubs you the wrong way.< P>Plan long runs for Saturday. If the weather is horrendous you can wait until Sunday and hope for better conditions.
It looks like shipwrecking weather as I write this web page but I ran anyway. A little field work in the wind and rain didn’t provide any great flashes of insight. Inside my jacket and under my hat I was somewhat dry. It was rather nice out there. But, nice wore off and cold and wet stared to wear on me. Then its not nice, not fun and a little risky.
Rain, wet clothing and wind can lower your body temperature further reducing the capacity of your fatigued impaired brain. If you start shivering at your low effort, the long run isn't creating enough body heat to offset environmental losses. If running isn’t creating enough heat, neither will shivering. When the quivers strike, call it a day and hit the hot showers.
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Running Coach Shelly Glover has a master's degree in exercise physiology from Columbia University. She co-authored The Runner's Handbook and The Competitive Runner’s Handbook, is a veteran road runner and marathoner. She also coaches The Greater New York Racing Team is available for private coaching. Coaching Services