Running in the Rain
By Kolby Paxton
Sure, April showers bring May flowers, but they also throw a wrench in our running plans. The prospect of getting wet isn’t even the problem—a light rain can actually make for pretty enjoyable conditions. Rather, it’s the unpredictability of spring rain that makes things tricky. On one hand, should you throw caution to the wind and forgo an extra layer, you’ll end up cold and water-logged with miles left to cover. On the other hand, jackets meant to keep us dry are often cumbersome and impossible to get rid of should the looming rain clouds choose to hold their water.
Enter Roka’s Ultralight Run Pack Jacket, a peerless miracle worker that almost single-handedly dissolves the struggles of spring training. The water resistant shell manages to keep you dry while maintaining enough breathability to prevent sauna status—a remarkable feat by itself. And when the weather shifts and you no longer need your sleeves, the jacket can also be folded into a tiny ball that fits easily into your pocket or FlipBelt—and weighs less than your energy gel.
I paired the jacket with another Roka product, the Elite 9” Training Short, for a couple of reasons. First, these shorts rock regardless of the weather—perfect fit, perfectly breathable, perfectly awesome. Second, I hate wearing pants or tights when the potential for elevated humidity exists, and the length of these shorts is ideal for shielding my quads from the drizzle. Of course, running in the rain requires a cap, and the Mizuno Elite Run Cap is the perfect choice, thanks to its lightweight and moisture repellant properties. Toss the Lululemon Somatic Short Sleeve Tee on beneath your magic jacket and you’re perfectly suited to adjust to Mother Nature’s most fickle behavior.
My last piece of advice? Don’t forget the shades. When those clouds part and you’re squinting your way home, you’ll understand what I’m saying. The Oakley Radar Lock Path Prizm is the choice, here, thanks to a tight but perfectly flexible frame that allows you to stow them on top of your fancy cap without losing them (because you’re so fast, obviously).