Rain, Rain, Go Away…

For the past two weeks, I’ve been glued to the weather reports.

Being that the Boston Marathon will be my fourth marathon experience, there are few surprises about the length, what I’ll likely be feeling (although it’s not uncommon for new things to pop up) and how I’ll hydrate.

But, my last three marathons have been in WARM temps. We’re talking 80 degrees+. San Diego. Apache Junction, Ariz. Tucson, Ariz.

Now, I’m going to Boston where the weather has traditionally been 50 degrees, breezy and possibly rainy on Boston Marathon day.

Today, in the suburbs of Phoenix, it’s pouring rain and about 45 degrees; pretty much how I anticipate race day to be. I so wish I had my rain gear ready so I could be doing a training run right now in this weather. Ugghhh!!!

Here are a few things some running friends have recommended for rainy days. Feel free to share yours (I need all the help I can get!):

  • Pauncho-Frio. Wal-Mart’s camping section apparently sells small, compact packages of paunchos that you can tuck in your training belt in case it begins to pour.
  • Roll Up Your Arm Sleeves. If you don’t want to wear a long-sleeved shirt because it might warm up, arm sleeves are a great alternative. Basically they cover your arms from your wrists to over your biceps and you can unroll them and toss them in your training belt if the weather starts looking up. (I’ve also heard of taking tube socks and creating your own makeshift ones for chilly race days.)
  • Rainy Lightweight. There are tons of specialty running jackets you can purchase out there that are lightweight, breathable and meant for rainy conditions. Asics is a recommended brand, which is no surprise since their running shoes tend to top all others in design and functionality.
  • Cap It Off. Wearing a hat with a visor is another big recommendation I’ve been seeing on the running message boards. Not only does the brim keep the rain out of your eyes, but a full-coverage hat gives your head added protection and warmth.
  • Just Wick It. Moisture-wicking fabric is the way to go for any weather conditions, but especially for hot or rainy temps. Unlike cotton, which keeps moisture close to the body and has a hard time drying (which can actually make it difficult for your body to regulate your temperature), the moisture-wicking materials found in most tech shirts keeps you drier.
  • Stick It. When your feet get wet during rainy days, the best way to prevent blisters (or at least head them off at the pass) is to cover up hot spots with moleskin, a Band-Aid (not a fan–they come off a little too easily) or, in worst-case scenarios, I’ve heard that duct tape is a great alternative as it stays in place. I’ve never had to test out any of these, but I have friends that swear by the moleskin and duct tape methods. (I’ll probably roll up some duct tape and include it in my pack.)

This weekend, I will be making my purchases and will let you know how things go weather-wise with Boston. Is it crazy that I’m more concerned about the weather than anything else??

P.S. Isagenix just featured me in a post on IsagenixHealth.net about marathon nutrition, hydration, etc. Check it out! 🙂

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