With the tropical type weather, we generally get in Australia from November through to about March, we’re no strangers to afternoon storms rolling in. A scorching hot day can morph into black ominous clouds. Usually, at about the time you’ve finished work and about to lace up your trainers for a run. Don’t let a little rain stop your exercise routine. However, if you are not scared of running in the rain, here’s a few handy hints to ensure to stay safe.
Pay attention to your foot placement
Rain can make asphalt, footpaths (particularly concrete), and off-road trails slippery. Be careful of stepping on lane markings and pedestrian crossings can be exceptionally slippery.
Ensure your wearable technology is water-resistant
While most iPods and phones will survive light rain, don’t assume your mobile device is waterproof. This includes headphones as well. Due to being less visible on overcast days, it may pay to go music-free, so you’re more aware of the traffic around you. If you simply can’t stomach the thought of running without your motivating playlist, keep the volume low, and use a ziplock bag to keep them dry.
Avoid running in thunderstorms
If there’s thunder overhead or forecast, forget it and jump on a treadmill. Storms can move in quite quickly. If you are caught short, remember to avoid trees. Look for a nearby building to take shelter. Several articles online suggest it’s a good idea to squat close to the ground, but there are many different ways you can be hit by lightening other than direct strikes. For example, a side flash hits an object and jumps to the nearest object (which could be you and why you avoid trees), a ground current which is the most common way of sustaining injuries or death, or through conduction (travelling along metal).
Dress to be seen
Hi-viz might not be trendy, but it will help you be more visible on grey, drizzly days. The brighter the better. 2010 studies conducted by the National Highway Traffic Association revealed that wearing yellow was the easiest colour to ensure you stand out before dusk. Wearing reflective gear on hands, feet and torso also make it easier for you to be seen.