At the time of writing (Friday lunchtime) the weather forecast for Monday morning isn’t good. If the forecast is correct, there’s a strong chance we’ll be running the Dublin Marathon in the rain.
Rain might dampen the spectacle – but it doesn’t have to mean your marathon will be a wash-out.
On the mental preparation side, stay positive. You’ve run in the rain before – and you survived. The worst that will happen is you’ll get wet. And as soon as you finish you can change into dry clothes and go somewhere warm to celebrate.
Now for some practical preparation. If it’s raining on the morning of the marathon, your priority is to stay dry before you start running. Once the race starts, the rain won’t bother you so much – and it’ll even keep you cool.
This weekend, get a bin liner and cut a hole in the bottom of it. Stick your head out through the hole and voila – you’ve got an excellent rainproof poncho. Whatever the weather, wear this in the start area on marathon day – it’ll keep you warm and dry while you’re waiting around.
However, don’t run while wearing this bin liner – it’s not breathable, so after a few strides you’ll be roasting hot and sweating away your precious hydration. That goes for any rain jacket you might be thinking of wearing – make sure your upper body is ventilated.
A cap can keep your head dry in the start area. After that, if you’re comfortable running with a cap on then do so.
Chafing is more likely when your running clothes get wet. Make sure you apply a lubricant like Vaseline to any areas prone to friction from your gear, especially the inner thighs. After the race, change into soft, loose clothes like a tracksuit – definitely not a pair of jeans.
And lads, remember to put Vaseline on your nipples, whatever the weather – after every marathon you’ll see male runners with two red streaks down the front of their shirts.
Cotton t-shirts are not advisable for running marathons – whether from rain or sweat, your t-shirt will get soaked and weigh a ton long before the finish. Leave your t-shirt in your bag so that you have something warm and dry to change into after you finish the marathon.
Enjoy the marathon, whatever the weather!