L uckily today is a rest day for me but earlier this evening I got caught outside in the worst rain / storm that I have witnessed in a hell of a long while. Hail, ran, thunder and lightening soaked me to the bone as I ran (not out of choice) home.

I arrived in Montreal a few days ago and have taken to running early mornings. Todays sudden realisation that the rain season is well under way has worried me! What am I going to do if I wake up tomorrow or any other morning and rain or any kind of bad weather permits me from lacing up and heading out?

The easy option would be to not do anything, just write the day off or head to the gym and use a treadmill. However I don’t have a gym membership and I am sure many of you don’t either, afterall many of us started running as an alternative to costly gym memberships.

I don’t think not being able to run is an excuse for inactivity. In fact it could be the perfect excuse to engage in something that you probably don’t normally do. Even just one session of something you wouldn’t normally consider could give you some benefit and open you up to new ideas about keeping in shape.

Here are some of my ideas.

1. Do some yoga

If you are like me you tend to try and get out of stretching. Don’t get me wrong, I do stretch but not as much as I should. If you have never done yoga before be warned, it is far tougher than it looks! Yoga is not just good for flexibility, it improves all over strength and I have found even helps improve my cardio. You don’t have to head out and buy any DVDs or anything either. There are many videos available online such as the ones on Sadie Nardini’s YouTube channel. Just doing a couple of the 20min workouts could wipe you out and give your body some much needed alternate training.

2. Start a challenge

I’m just starting the 100 Push Up Challenge. Although it doesn’t exactly take a lot of time out of your day starting a challenge like this is at least something and is a positive move into adding variation to your fitness plan. I know I need to integrate some upper body work back into my exercise regime so this is a start for me. There are a million other challenges you could start such as 200 sit up challenge, squat, and pull up challenges. You could even start a few on the same day.


3. Go swimming

Most pools allow one time entry at a reasonable cost and swimming is an excellent alternate to running. It will work the entire body and leave you feeling awesome. I know you need to leave the house for this but you can run to the bus stop or jump in the car!

4. DIY

I bet there is something awkward that needs fixing and you have just not been able to conjure up the will to do it. DIY can be quite the workout and seeing as the weather has just brought you some spare time, why not kill two birds with one stone and get some activity and a task done at the same time?

5. Go on a hill walk

Running out there may not be practical but kit yourself up with all your water and wind proof clothing and go out anyway. Find a tough hill and go and walk up it. If it’s not that long try and plan the toughest walking route you can find and walk as speedily as you can. You will feel a great sense of acheivement toughing out the bad weather. Always stay safe though and if it’s too bad don’t risk it.

Your suggestions?

Now these are just my ideas but it’s not like you have never been confronted by rain before when you want to head out for a run, is it? So I would love to get some ideas and thoughts from any readers that have any suggestions.

If you have any comments at all or thoughts on my suggestions don’t hesitate to join in the disussion.


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When I can be I am a regular runner but I am also nothing special and certainly no elite, so in that respect I am regular too. However I do love talking about running and related things and I do have a lot of experience, over 15 years now.

6 Responses to “It’s Raining! What To Do When You Can’t Run?” Subscribe

  1. David Leonhardt October 21, 2011 at 00:42 #

    “It’s running again. I know I’m losing a friend.” (Supertramp revisited)

  2. Grady Pruitt October 21, 2011 at 19:28 #

    There are a lot of dance exercise videos or some that include “fight” moves, like Tae Bo, that are great endurance workouts. If you have enough room like in the garage or a large living room or exercise room, you could jump rope.

    Thanks for sharing!

  3. Forest October 21, 2011 at 19:31 #

    Absolutely Grady, great suggestion.

    I actually do own (and do) the workouts from Insanity and P90x from time to time. I didn’t mention them in the post as you would have to go and purchase them.

    One of my favorite P90x workouts is kenpoX which is a lot of punches and kicks and things, really gets the sweat up.

  4. Nate November 3, 2011 at 12:58 #

    It could be the fact that I live in Texas and hardly ever get to see rain…but why not run in the rain? When I lived in Ohio I would see the pouring down rain as an opportunity to have a much more enjoyable run.

    • Forest November 3, 2011 at 20:04 #

      Hey Nate, sure it’s awesome to run in the rain at times but this time of year it’s getting extremely cold and some of the rain storms are just impossible to go out in, wrote this post for those occasions. There must be times down in Texas where the heat actually stops you running outside!

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