Running Through the Rain in the Right Gear

April 07, 2016 Posted By: Mizuno USA

By : Mizuno Athlete, Maegan Krifchin

We all know the saying, “April showers bring May flowers,” and that being said, we know rain is in the forecast this spring.

Spring?! Or is it still Winter?! For me, regardless of what season it actually is, I know I am layering up!  I would always rather be a little too warm than too cold, so wearing a little something extra doesn’t hurt.  Additionally, staying a little warmer during the chilly, brisk weather will help us better prepare for the hot summer months.  If you are used to being a little extra warm or slightly overheated, then summer will be nothing for you!

I live in the D.C. area and lately the weather has been all over the place, but mainly super windy, cold and a little wet.  I almost always wear a tank top as my base layer such as the Lotus Tank.  I tuck this layer into my pants to keep my core from being exposed, which keeps me super warm.  On top of that I wear a Breath Thermo Long Sleeve top and my outer layer today was my new Eclipse Jacket.  The jacket is definitely a quality wind breaker, providing protection from the crisp air while you are running and also shields you from the cold by trapping some of your heat inside.  The cool thing about this jacket is it’s versatility as you can easily unzip the sleeves off and turns it into a vest!  That vest can come in handy during a long run or workout when you start heating up, as you can easily roll/fold it up to store it in one of the many pockets built into this piece.  I’d suggest to tuck the rolled up sleeves component in one the the pockets on the backside of the jacket.

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With all this layering, I am definitely warm and a bit sweaty once I finish running.  I always quickly change out of wet clothes right after my run as this makes for a much comfortable drive home.  I am also sure to have spare socks and sports bras in the trunk of my car, and a complete change of clothes in my backpack. It’s important to get out of these wet clothes for 1- comfort and 2- to prevent getting sick. Plus, it also gives me more reason to stay in the parking lot and stretch!

Overall, I am still kind of stuck in winter, layering up with some of my winter items to keep warm. I’m really looking forward to escaping this wintery spring and anxious for summer. For now, I’ll keep making things work with layering, hats, windbreakers and rain jackets! Stay warm out there!

 

Maegan-ThumbnailMaegan was a high school star and All-American at 800 meters in Long Island. She ran at Syracuse University before her career took off while in grad school at Ithaca College. Krifchin finished an impressive second in 2012 at the U.S. Half-Marathon Championships. From there, she was first American, and 13th overall, at the World Half-Marathon Championships. Maegan had great success at the Philadelphia Rock N’ Roll Half Marathon in a Personal Record time of 69:50. Most recently, she placed 7th at the US Olympic Marathon Trails.

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