Running In The Rain
I remember running High School track and Cross Country and it was raining one day and Chief made us get out there and run in the rain.He told us it would be good for us. I thought the old man was crazy... So about a week ago I gave Chief a call and asked him what was so good about running in the rain. Its been bugging me for almost 20 years, I had to know. He made some great points.
- You won't have to worry about heat exhaustion
- There is more oxygen in the air when it rains making breathing much easier to do!
It helps build mental and physical toughness, its tougher than running in normal conditions. Makes you dig deeper when running in regular conditions when you need to push yourself. If you can do it when its a rough day out why can't you do it better and faster on a nice day? Like those Rocky movies running in the cold and the rain.
- You work more muscles, Slippery roads, muddy conditions, and wet turns require more care . Your body compensates as you place your feet and keep better control of your balance. Doing this requires the use of smaller coordinating muscles, conditioning your legs as if you were trail running. Stronger legs translate into more endurance and faster race times.
- Best of all you won't have to worry about cleaning your shoes after!