You wake up to the sound of the rain hammering on the windows. You know it's time to get some training in but... It's really raining. After much deliberation, you drag yourself upstairs for some coffee and then you see the full scale of the weather. Not ideal.
BUT. It's training day, you have races which are getting closer by the day and you know that if you stay indoors you'll have that niggling thought in the back of your head all day reminding you that today is training day. We hate that little voice.
So what are you going to do?
1. You're Not Made Of Sugar...
... So you won't melt. As long as you're dressed appropriately, it will be ok- Those first five minutes are definitely the most challenging but it does get easier after that.
Also, it rains a lot in our country so you either: choose to spend the rest of your life dodging the showers or you get on with it and embrace the positives.
Plus the rain keeps you cooler whilst you're sweating it out. Extra bonus.
Read: 5 Considerations for Wet Weather/ Winter Training
2. Negative Ions
Negative ions are molecules which we inhale in areas with moving water (eg. by the sea, after a storm, by a waterfall etc). When these negative ions reach our blood stream they're believed to have a whole host of positive benefits for both mind and body, including stress relief, increased energy and a boosted mood.
To read more about negative ions and the research of Columbia University, click here.
3. Get Back To Nature
Along with those stress-relieving negative ions floating around, simply being outside in all the elements can really help to relieve the stress of modern life and take you back to nature.
With the rain falling on your face and the silence of few other people being out, you start noticing the noises, the rainbows, how nature copes with the storms, the droplets hanging off the hedges. You get a new perspective on an old route once you see it in all weathers and often I'll return from a rainy run feeling far more peaceful and... Natural.
Ready to re-enter the modern world refreshed.
4. It May Rain On Race-Day
And if it is, what are you going to do? Just cancel the race you've been training hard for?! I think not.
This is part of the beauty of getting out and training in the rain. Whilst others are missing their opportunity to progress by staying inside, you're getting out, nudging closer and closer to your goals. And not even the rain can stop you.
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5. More Happens On A Rainy Run
The challenge of wet weather always makes getting out that bit more adventurous, with dodging puddles and mud to contend with, laughing at the ridiculousness of being out in it and smiling at the few other walkers/runners you may see because you know you're all in it together.
And you're all pretty damn hardcore. Hell Yeah.
6. You Appreciate Being Home and Dry So Much More
The fun doesn't stop when the workout does if it's wet and miserable. That post workout stretch and shower will be appreciated on a whole new level if you've just spent the past hour or so battling the elements.
Plus after getting out in weather which only the dedicated (or crazy) can claim to have done, you can snuggle up, get warm and be grateful you got out and accomplished so much. Then relax, knowing that niggling little voice in the back of your head won't trouble you today because you're on track.
So there you have it, my six reasons to suck it up and get out there come rain or shine.
How did your last wet workout go?! Feel inspired to head out next time you're scheduled to run/walk/whatever in less than ideal weather? Let me know in the comments below!
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