Yesterday, I ran in the rain. It was the second time in a week I walked out the door and thought, “I’m going to get very wet.” Both runs were tempo runs. If I have to do another tempo run in the rain, I think I’m going to quit. Just kidding. Had you fooled for a second, didn’t I?

The first mile was pretty awful. I wished I wore a hat. But after that it was fine. Almost close to fun, but not quite there. There were very few people in the park, which meant I didn’t have the temptation to try to pass anyone, which meant I was able to keep an amazingly steady pace. I didn’t know I was capable of such a thing.

The downside is that I came home with a couple of raw spots on my feet where my wet shoes rubbed. I didn’t feel it at the time, but I feel it when I put my shoes on now. Granted, it is a minor irritant, but it could have been prevented if I’d just rubbed some Body Glide or other anti-chafing lubricant onto my feet before I put my shoes on. It seems like such a little thing, but I tell you, you don’t want to get halfway through your race and be cringing because your salty sweat is dripping onto your raw skin because you forgot to put some on.

That’s my tip of the day. Protect your skin. Forget the anti-chafing stuff and you might as well have a piece of sand between your toes. You may be able to run through it, but it won’t be pleasant.

We’ve used Body Glide and Mission Anti-Friction Cream. Both have been useful, though I think I like the Mission a little better. It dries like a powder and comes in a tube, rather than a stick. Some other products that I have no experience with but are probably just as good include SportShield, Hydropel, and SportSlick. Regular old petroleum jelly would probably work, too, but I imagine it might leave some residue on your clothes.

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