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What To Wear When Running In The Rain

How many times have you put off a run because it’s raining? This guide will take you through the gear you’ll need to keep you as comfortable a possible when it’s wet outside. Armed with the right kit to handle the rain, you’ll never have to miss a run again.


To keep the rain out of your eyes on your run, opt for a cap. If the rain’s really driving down the last thing you want is to have to close your eyes. Run with a cap on to keep the water off your face, prevent sweat mixing with the rain and trickling down into your eyes, and keep your eyes on the road ahead. Ideally use a breathable and waterproof cap, but any cap is usually better than none.


The layer you wear closest to your body should be made from a lightweight moisture-wicking material to keep you comfortable and dry. Don’t make the mistake of thinking that wearing more layers will keep you warmer in the rain as any extra layers you put on will become heavy when wet. Less is more when it comes to running in the rain. Avoid cotton at all costs because as soon as the material gets wet it will become heavy, slow you down and could cause chafing.


Most specialist running jackets tend to be made from lightweight material and have a water repellant finish that will be fine in a light rain shower but generally won’t withstand heavy downpours. Fully waterproof jackets tend to be heavier but are a better option if you’re running in colder and more persistent wetter weather.

Neon colours work best for visibility in the rain or pick a jacket that has reflective qualities so that you remain visible to cars and other traffic. Choose a jacket with flatlock seams to prevent friction and skin irritation, while taped seams, especially help with the waterproofing. Also make sure your jacket is breathable to keep you from overheating on your run and avoid the ‘boil in the bag’ effect you can get from cheaper non-breathable jackets.

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What you wear on your legs when running is down to personal preference and also the season and conditions you’re running in. If the weather is warm then the right pair of shorts are a good option. A lightweight pair made from a polyester blend will dry faster and allow for unrestricted movement, even in wet conditions.


In contrast, if you want to cover up your legs in wet conditions, then running tights could be the answer. You want to choose a well fitting pair that are made of lightweight, breathable and quick-drying fabric that won’t become heavy and fall down when they get wet.

Arm pack

Protect your fitness tracker or phone from getting wet by investing in an arm pack. You’ll still be able to track your run or listen to music, whatever the weather with the help of this piece of kit. 

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To run comfortably in the rain without developing blisters, a good fitting pair of socks are a must. If your feet get overly wet and there’s a lot of movement between your skin and the fabric then blisters will develop. While you can’t prevent rain actually getting in your shoe during heavy rain, you can try and reduce the moisture build-up by choosing a pair of socks that are made from moisture wicking material.


Running in the rain in the wrong shoes can cause injury, so it’s important that you get it right. If the soles of your running shoes are smooth then they simply won’t stand up to the test of wet conditions. Ideally, you want to get a pair of shoes that have grooves on the soles that are deeper than one millimetre.

However tempting it might be, it’s also vital that you don’t put on an old pair of trainers to run in through fear of getting your new pair dirty. An old pair won’t have the same support or grip that you need to take on the wet pavements. Take a look at this article on looking after your running shoes to find out how to keep them clean whatever conditions you’ve been running in.

Anti-chafe balm or equivalent

All that rain increases your chances of chafing during your run. Use an anti-chafe balm or petroleum jelly to apply to those at risk areas such as your nipples, inner thighs, underarm. Remember, those of you who usually chose to use sticking plasters to prevent jogger’s nipple, the plasters will fall off in the rain.

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