Looks like we might have some wet weather for tomorrow’s Baltimore Running Festival. The Baltimore Marathon was my first marathon and I was fortunate enough to have perfect running conditions. Tomorrow, however, there’s a good chance of rain. As I prepare for the half marathon tomorrow, I’ve decided to share some tips I’ve learned along the way.
My favorite – DUCT TAPE!
Last year my coach John told us about duct taping our shoes to help keep your feet dry a little longer (this works great in the snow too). This is will not water proof your shoes, but it does keep them dry longer.
Step 1: Acquire Duct Tape (I know, I’m a smart ass). Actually, now that Duct Tape comes in a bazillion colors and designs, you can have a little fun with it. NOTE: Your shoes MUST be dry to start with!
Step 2: Cut a strip that will fit around the toe of the shoe and tape it to your shoe.
Step 3: Cut two slits at an angle to form a “V’ shape at the tip of your shoe.
Step 4: Press down the outer two tape flaps, then press down the middle V-shaped flap over top of them.
Step 5: Cut a second strip of tape and place it over top of the shoe to cover the seams of the initial piece.
Step 6: Press down firmly and trim any pieces that are hanging off of the shoe.
Repeat for other shoe ;)
Like I said before, it’s not waterproof, but it’ll keep you a little drier for a while. If you’re running in a monsoon, chances are they won’t stay on during the whole race, but if you can get a few miles with dryer feet and socks, then to me, it’s worth it.
Other tips for running in the rain:
- Wear a garbage bag at the start line to keep you dry while you’re waiting for the race to start. Make sure you make the neck hole large enough so that it slips off easily over your head when you’re ready to run.
- Don’t overdress. You’ll just be weighed down with more wet clothes.
- Wear a hat with a brim to keep your face dry. I HATE having a wet face…even in the shower! I don’t know what my mother did to me as a child, but I swear it was some sort of Chinese water torture (and yes, my mother is really Chinese).
- Body Glide! Body Glide! Body Glide! (or petroleum jelly) You thought chafing was bad in dry weather…wait until you run in the rain! ACK! You cannot put on enough glide when running in the rain. So when you think you’re done, apply it again just in case.
- If you’re like me and need to keep your smartphone with you, put it in a plastic baggie (like Ziplock) before putting it in your belt. I haven’t tried this with my iPod, but I’m sure that’ll work too.
- Bring a towel, dry clothes (something warm), socks, and shoes to change into after the race.
- Stuff newspaper in your shoes to help dry them out quicker when you get home (remove the insoles first).
If you have additional tips, please share!