Saturday, May 3, 2008

Running in the rain? Keep these three tips in mind

Today it rained. On days like these I will usually take my run to the treadmill. However, today was different. It has started to get warmer in Atlanta so the showers felt cool and they helped keep the pollen count to a minimum.

When running in the rain, there are many variables to think about. Here are three important items that could mean the difference between a good run, and a sprained ankle (or worse).

1) Never run with lightening
This one is obvious. Hopefully. If not, lightening kills. Stay clear.

2) Avoid puddles when possible.
Stomping through standing water is fun but that puddle could be deeper than you think and a spraining an ankle is not much fun at all.

3) Slow down your pace.
When running in the rain you don't feel as hot which might tempt you to run hard. Don't. You drive more cautiously during a down pour. It good to use the same judgement when running in the rain.

Run Summary
Route: Big Rock to 4 Mile Marker
Distance: 5.3 Miles
Time: 42:40
Pace: 8:02/Mile (Slow in the rain)

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