Last weekend in Portland, OR was cold and wet. I know there are a LOT colder places than Portland, OR out there, but here we have a special consideration, RAIN! I would 1 million percent prefer 20 degrees and dry to 34 degrees and steady rain. For those 2 hour plus runs it is pretty tough to stay dry and being wet does nothing to help you stay warm.
I see 3 things go sideways for my athletes on very wet winter runs.
These 3 things are an issue because:
When heading out into the cold rain the next few months, here are 3 items to consider carrying with you. Yes, even if you are going in your local park. If you will be wet in the cold for more than 90 minutes please pack:
While stripping down to your skin in a crowded trailhead may not be everyone's bag, getting the cold and wet clothes away from your body as fast as you can will help with warming. Even with heat blasting and seat warmers on high, the cold clothes are keeping you cold at your core. Change if you dare and you will feel better faster. If I see you ducking awkwardly behind your backseat at the trailhead I promise to look away and never speak of it! :)
Stay warm out there!
coach dana on running, racing and adventure