It’s winter! That means there is rain, wind and other various weather. California needs it, so I’ll be over here doing my rain dance for more. I’ve gotten several texts, DMs, etc about the possibility of rain at CIM and what to wear/how to best go about it. So I’m here to share my 2 cents for what has worked (or what mistakes I’ve learned from), in the past.
- You aren’t made of sugar – you won’t melt. Someone told me this before Boston and it made me feel a lot better! Rain just means you get wet. It’s fine. Getting wet is fine. Tell yourself that over and over again until you believe it.
- Gortex isn’t made to breathe, don’t overdress. You don’t necessarily want to bundle up in a bunch of water proof gear, because as much as it keeps the moisture out, it will also keep moisture in (aka your sweat). The jacket I’m wearing in the above picture has vents. A lot of people were just fine in a tank and arm sleeves. I know I run cold, and it was 35 degrees and sleeting, so I opted for the extra layer. Had it been 55 degrees, I’d probably have opted for a tank. I’d also done several 20 milers in some pretty big rain storms and I wore this jacket for every one, so I felt comfortable wearing it for a marathon.
- Chances of chafing are much higher! I put Zealios on every part of my body practically when it is raining. It works every time. It is made for triathletes so it seems to do pretty well when there is water involved.
- Tuck in your shirt – if it is cold, this can help trap the heat. It also looks v fashion forward. You’re welcome.
- Tight fitting clothes – Whatever you wear will get wet, and then it will be stuck to you, so it is better off to start that way and have less fabric involved.
- Extra focus on fuel – You’ll be working harder to stay warm and burning more energy. Make sure you don’t slack off in this department! It is VERY hard to make up for underfueling in the early stages. Same goes for hydrating – you still have to do it even though nature is throwing water at you.
- For me, keeping my hands and ears warm helps the most. I know some people put latex gloves inside their mittens at Boston. I didn’t personally need that (again with trapping sweat in – I didn’t want to do that), but it was nice to have mittens until they got too wet and cold. Then I tossed them. I wore two pairs and the bottom layer stayed dry for a while
- Stay as warm and dry as possible before you start. Bring all the throwaway gear. Bring old shoes so you can change into dry shoes right before. Umbrellas. Ponchos. Staying warm and dry until you need to be out in the rain makes a big difference to your spirit.
- Wear a hat with a brim or a visor to keep the rain out of your face.
- The crowds might be smaller for some races if is raining – make sure you bring music if you need the extra boost. Of course make sure your headphones are waterproof (Jaybirds are my favorite).
Most importantly – enjoy it! The rain is kind of a great thing in my opinion. It will keep you cool and keep the day from being too warm. There is not much you can do about wind, but tuck into a group and work together. Everyone else is going through the same thing you are, so take comfort in that as well.