When it looks like rain
Get after it anyway
Here’s the situation. You’ve got a weekend run that’s important for a variety of reasons. The only time it fits into your busy schedule happens to coincide with a nasty weather pattern bringing cold rain to your area.
On the one hand, you could skip the run and spend the rest of the weekend regretting the decision. Or, you could view this as an opportunity to challenge yourself, test your gear, and embrace your inner badass. The choice is yours.
Quite honestly, if your motivation to battle the elements simply isn’t there, you might be better off staying home. No judgment. That could be a sign that you need a rest day. Take the recovery time, thank the weather gods for their divine intervention, and vow to come back stronger.
If you are feeling hale and hearty, however, bad weather running can provide a huge confidence boost. If you can handle adverse conditions in training, you’ll be prepared for anything come race day.
Besides, bad weather running doesn’t have to suck. Sure it’s going to be uncomfortable, but just about any weather condition can be manageable when you combine a strong mindset with smart gear choices.
And once you become comfortable being uncomfortable, you might just surprise yourself with how tough you really are.