Raindrops keep falling on my head…as the song goes, and bring it on! In a light rain, it is a great treat to be cooled on the outside while doing a distance running in the rain, free of charge. Don’t assume that drivers can see as well as you can on the roads you may be running along. I prefer to run in a light rain along trails in the woods, where I have a clear vision with a ball cap on, where there is constant coverage with trees, and where it is never likely I’ll get struck by an automobile. Next, if there is lightning, stay home! Never a good idea to test mother nature. Finally, wear clothing all can see, and shoes that can take a good wetting down. After a run with wet shoes, crumble some newspapers and place them in the shoes. I put my shoes next to our dehumidifier in the basement. They’ll be dry as a bone in the morning, though they may have slightly shrunk by the moisture. They will soon recover their original size and stretch.
Is Running Shoes Necessary For Running In The Rain?
If you are a beginner in running the running shoes will be very helpful to your foot, but the majority of the most likely will be wrong for your leg and body. It is effortless to start running crazy (e.g., stepping ahead of you and not below you, making long and slow steps instead of small and fast, measuring on the heel instead of the ball). And most of the running shoes have a lot of padding, cushioning, and support, which will eliminate the initial effect of your (most likely) wrong running style. Which will be suitable for a while, but then the injuries will follow.
If you leave the heavily cushioned running shoes and go for running barefoot or with shoes with no cushion and support, your body should tell you more efficiently if you are running in the rain correctly and adjust your style if necessary.
You can, of course, run correctly in every running shoe out there, but it would be more challenging to realize what you are doing if you are starting.
Running shoes are high for one thing for sure: durability. They should outperform everything else in that category. But they are not required IMO.
In any case, try running with someone more experienced and ask for some tips. And add at least some barefoot running, walking or training. This will undeniably improve your muscles down there, which in turn should help way more for your body to cope with the enormous impacts it will receive as opposed to some magical running shoes.