Rain on marathon day: tips and tricks

Off with the bin liner, off with the show!

Off with the bin liner, on with the show!

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!

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3 Responses to Rain on marathon day: tips and tricks

  1. Good advice. I’ve been lucky and have never run in a down pour, or for very long in light rain. I just did a product review for a US company called 2Toms. They have two products to help with chafing.
    I’ve used their “sportshield” roll on for years and NEVER had nipple chafing since. They had me review a product called “buttshield”. Buttshiled is a towelette with silicon and other slippery stuff on it.The towelette comes folded up in a packet so you can wipe parts of your body and unfold or fold over the part you use first. I think you can figure out where you would use the wipe last!
    I ran a marathon using this product and didn’t have any burning sensations in the shower when I got home.
    This stuff isn’t sticky like Vaseline either..

    • Run and Jump says:

      Thanks for the recommendations, although permit me to see a slight marketing flaw in the company expecting me to go into the shop and ask for ‘Buttshield’! At best I may be given incontinence trousers; at worst…

      • I know, terrible name. Sportshield comes in wipes also and is basically the same thing.
        I guess a lot of women get chafed cheeks in those tight little shorts and that’s what it was originally designed for.

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