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Running in the rain: Go The Distance runners battle the elements in Week 4

Although it’s not the most pleasant day to train for the Boilermaker – we have a dedicated bunch.

Posted: May 13, 2019 6:01 PM
Updated: Jul 12, 2019 12:15 PM

UTICA, N.Y. -- Week four of Go The Distance means four miles Monday night, and it’s going to be a wet four miles.

Although it’s not the most pleasant day to train for the Boilermaker – we have a dedicated bunch.

Some advice for runners in these conditions:
• Wear a baseball hat – this will keep the rain off your face so you can see.
• Be visible – bright colored clothes, and reflective tape will allow drivers to see you better.
• Use Vaseline on body parts prone to chafing, for example, your inner thighs and underarms.
• Change out of your clothes, socks and shoes immediately after a run.

“Pull the insole out, let those things dry out. If you've got some newspapers around the house, stuff them in there. They're really good at pulling moisture out of that shoe. Get the insoles out. I’m a fan of taking the insoles out after every run. sunshine, or rain it's hot inside of that shoe, especially the longer those miles get. Give it a chance to breathe and the durability of the shoe will be enhanced. It will last longer,” said Josh Belisle, the Sneaker Store owner.

If it's a race that you're participating in, good advice would be to have plastic bags around your feet and sneakers until just before the race starts.

And don't automatically cancel your run because it’s raining. Running in the rain can be good for your training routine.

You never know what the conditions will be like on race day – and we want to be prepared for everything.

Of course, running in a thunderstorm is a different story – you should never run when lightning is a threat.

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