Ten? Yes ten. And we need them right now here on northern NSW!!! Here are all the good reasons why you should not let the good pitter patter of rain drops keep you indoors….
1) There is truely is something magical at a base level that goes back to childhood about running in the rain. I remember once my friends mum gave us raincoats and icecream containers for our heads and said “Go!” and we played for ages in bare feet, in the rushing water and pouring rain. Get back to basics and just go jump some puddles (or run through them even better)
2) Sometimes running in the rain can make you forget about pace and time and the “what if’s” of running and just concentrate on the here and now. Jumping puddles can do that. Seems to be a theme in my writing on this.
3) You must have more than one pair of shoes and it just doesn’t matter if it is important enough anyway – put a hat on to stop the rain dribbling in your eyes, live in the moment and GO FOR IT
4) It feels powerful “being out there” when everyone else is sooking at home about the weather. Someone said once that one of there motivations for never missing a session is knowing that their competitors will be out there training – be that competitor they’re talking about!
5) What have you got to lose? Your hairstyle? Mine is permanently back these days and plaited like a schoolgirl to prevent heat and annoyance while I run (well my hair makes appearances on special occasions I admit, wedding etc). And no, my makeup is not going to run, too busy getting out there for makeup. In fact pure rainwater is probably good for the soul and skin.
6) When people are complaining about the rain I keep my mouth firmly shut – I love the rain so much more than the Australian burning sun that I could burst with enthusiasm when I see those little rain drops on the weather forecast. Bring on the rain and less UV thank you very much.
7) You can see it as being washed clean, thoughts, emotions and all negativity.
8) It may be good practice for a race in the rain, this hasn’t happened to me yet but it occurred to me the other day, and most probably it will happen eventually!
9) It’s something different, the great thing about running is that you have to face whatever mother nature brings you, sun, rain, wind, sea foam flying at your face, mud, bugs, trees that stick limbs out and whack you… etc Rain, its awesome cause its different.
10) Most importantly, you get to run – how lucky are you!? Every run I am grateful. I am not going to miss a run because water is falling from the sky – its not battery acid!! Be happy you have the chance to get out there and do something for yourself, step out and embrace the rain as it embraces you. Mmmm, rain. Well, that was fun, kept me busy on my long run. Just don’t start me on wind that’s a completely different story, grrrrr wind.