With Wellington putting on sunshine one minute and torrential rain the next, we need to be prepared for anything as we start ramping up our training for Cigna Round the Bays 2017.  It is easy (and forgivable) to get unmotivated to train in bad weather, but don’t let a bit of rain get you down!

Quite often my training runs in the rain are some of the most satisfying ones.  I return refreshed and extra satisfied,  I feel like I beat the rain and now can justifiably stay snug indoors. No cabin fever here!

Here are some tips that help me get out, not matter what the weather.

Tip 1: Don’t over think it. Prepare in your normal way for your run.

Tip 2: Invest in a light weight jacket that is fitting but comfortable, with room to move but not so big that it acts like a sail out there in the wind.  A half zip is a good idea, in case you need to cool off.

Tip 3: Put on a hat. If too windy for a cap try a light weight hat. If my head isn’t getting soaked I often don’t notice the rain.

Tip 4: Grab some mates and head bush under the tree canopy. Wilton Bush, Wellington Botanical Gardens, Wainuiomata Valley tracks and Belmont Regional Park offer some good covered pathways. However, often nature can just get the better of us.  Don’t sweat it if you miss a session, forget it and look forward to the next one when the sun will shine.

Note team, when reading this rain is discussed in terms of showers, not those torrential down pours we have learnt about in Wellington this month. Always put your safety first out there!

Happy Running!

Katie Kemp