Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Running in the Rain: Possible?

I was all set on running Tuesday night but 2 minutes into my run, rain started pouring! :s I had to go back home and call it a rest day. So while the thunder rolled, I curled up and started reading the 'Okuribito'/'Departures' comic book I bought last weekend. The film is the Academy Award® Winner for Best Foreign Language Film this year. I have yet to watch it though. Since I cannot read all the Japanese characters, I depended a lot on the drawings. Take a peek:


So while I rested my body and exercised my mental muscles last night, this morning I had the crave to run. Since I started running at the beginning of the month, I have never tried daytime running. While I felt a bit slower with today's 3-miler, it was still a good run. Plus, I got to watch the sunrise and spotted these hydrangeas that are in bloom all over Japan in June.

{Blues & Whites}

Do you like running in the rain? I've read about some people who do so and I am in awe. I'd like to try that one of these days, even for a short run. Any tips would be greatly appreciated. :)
Also, do you prefer day/night runs? Based on today's run, I'd still prefer my evening runs. I'd still do morning runs whenever I am up early to mix up my routine a bit.


  1. I like to run in the morning because I am a morning person, but my best runs happen to the weekend when it is not TOO early in the morning :)
    I never run in the rain because I have a treadmill haha. I know, I'm a total wimp, I admit it.

  2. Running in the rain can be fun, but not like pouring rain...a light drizzle :) and don't forget to watch out for puddles!

    I'm a little weird when it comes to time of day - there's nothing better than an early Saturday morning long run. LOVE those. However, during the week, forget it. It's after work or it's not happening haha. If I didn't have to work, I'd go running at 10am every day.

    Try running at a few different times during the day and see when you feel your best :)

  3. I prefer morning runs right out of bed to refresh my mind and body. It sets me off in a good mood for the rest of the day!
    When I did track, we ran, whether rain or shine. I came to really appreciate running in the rain now, and really love the hot shower after!

  4. Hi Mia! Next time, try to push the rain - it SUCKS at first but once you stick with it, you will start to LOVE running in the rain!!! The first few minutes are always pretty bad though, haha.

    Today I gave myself 45-60 mins before I ran after eating. Sometimes longer if I eat more, or less if I eat less. Whatever works for your body! And afterward the same thing goes. If you are running very far distances I would suggest taking in some protein, but if you are running shorter distances I think it's fine to eat when you are hungry!

  5. Kelly: Haha, I'm a wimp too! :D

    Karena: I'd like to try one of those Saturday morning long runs. Sounds great.

    burpandslurp: Oooh, hot shower after a run in rain sounds tempting!

    Val: I'll give it a try one of these days. Thanks for the tip on eating before/after running. Last night, I had half a portion of my dinner before my 4 mile run and had the other half after.

  6. I went walking in the rain yesterday. It was good when I started to work up a sweat. :-) I love exercising in any kind of weather.