There’s no such thing as bad weather, only bad gear. Satan’s conveyor belt (a.k.a. the treadmill) is not your only option when the clouds roll in. In fact, if you haven’t been out for a training run in the rain, you’re missing a wonderful experience.

I ran 5 miles in the rain last weekend, and it was by far the best run of the week. There is something wonderful about running in the elements that really connects you with the outdoors. While most people stayed inside, I had the roads all to myself and enjoyed a peaceful run through the rain and the falling leaves.

X-RUNNING 2.0 GORE-TEX® Active Jacket
The X-RUNNING 2.0 GORE-TEX® Active Jacket

As a member of the Gore Running Team in the upcoming Philadelphia Marathon, I own some of the best running gear on the market today. Gore Running Wear manufactures their gear to exacting standards and has an unwavering commitment to quality and performance. The X-RUNNING 2.0 GORE-TEX® Active Jacket kept me dry despite the steady rain.

When you look for a shell or jacket to keep you dry on the run, be sure to consider a few key points:

  1. Is it breathable? Will it allow your body’s perspiration to escape while keeping you dry from the elements on the outside?
  2. Is it reflective? Bad weather conditions cause poor visibility for drivers. Stay safe by wearing gear that has reflective properties.
  3. Does it fit correctly? Are the hems adjustable? Can the sleeves be tightened at the cuffs? Is it form-fitting or billowy?

Buying the best gear isn’t cheap, but it’s a long-term investment in your running. If you are comfortable, you’ll continue to run. Don’t let bad weather jeopardize your running program.

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