Running In The Rain: Is It Safe?

Have you ever wondered whether or not lacing up your sneakers is still a good idea if there is a chance of rain in the forecast? 

Well, running in the rain is generally safe, but there are some precautions you may want to take to ensure that you stay safe and get the most out of your run. For instance, you should avoid running in the rain if there are lightning or thunderstorms in the area (via Insider). Checking the weather forecast can help you determine what the conditions will be like, and whether or not it will be safe. 

Depending on how heavy the rain is, it can take a toll on your pace and performance. So you don't get bogged down, try wearing moisture-wicking clothing that can repel water away from your body, and make it easier to run. A waterproof windbreaker or hat can also help keep the rain out of your eyes. Running shoes with good traction are an important item to own if you plan on running in the rain on a regular basis. They can help keep you from slipping when you're running on slick roads and sidewalks. You should also wear something reflective to increase your visibility, as the rain can make it difficult for drivers to see you. Wearing a shirt or jacket that's bright yellow or orange can help prevent any accidents when you're running alongside a busy road or street.

The benefits of running in the rain

Although it tends to slow you down, there are some noteworthy benefits of running in the rain. Rainwater can actually cool down your body and prevent you from overheating (Shape). Your body naturally heats up when you run or work out, causing your body temperature to increase to anywhere between 100 and 104 degrees, which may hinder your performance. Running in the rain, however, can help keep you cool. 

Outdoor workouts can also help you relieve stress. Just the sound of a light rainfall can make you feel more calm and at ease. "There's a nice quiet solitude that I've found — often there aren't many people out in the rain so it's extra peaceful — like you own the road, trail, or even world," Katie Zaferes, an Olympian and professional triathlete with Roka, told Shape. "It makes you appreciate the beauty of the nature that surrounds you." Additionally, running in the rain can strengthen your reflexes. Getting used to running on slippery trails can help your body react better and even tone your muscles.

So, as long as there isn't a risk of severe weather, we say, head out if you're feeling up for it!