It’s a bizarre concept, really.
Why should running in the rain be any different than running when it’s sunny outside?
But it is.
Now look, I’m not going to sit here and pretend to you like I’m some big-time runner – because I’m not. I didn’t run track in high school. I have never run a marathon (or even a half). I’m slow as molasses.
But running in the rain is different.
You won’t see anyone walking their dog. Nobody will be taking a nice bike ride. Most people will be inside.
And maybe, for a moment, you envy their situation. Maybe they’ve got a nice warm hot cocoa and some Netflix queued up.
But then you think again.
The water hits your eyelids. All of a sudden, your vision is blurry. Your shirt is sopping wet. But it’s all incredibly liberating.
Running in the rain doesn’t cost a penny.
There are no gym memberships to pay. This is about heart. Doing this reminds you success is open for anyone at any time. That embracing the suck is a necessity. That you can push through, even if that puddle is in your way.
Nobody will tell you to run in the rain. People will advise you to stay inside. Something about “dangerous conditions.”
But you know the only danger is accepting mediocrity.
Running in the rain means you’re serious.
This is about following your plan whether the conditions are perfect or not. If you said you were going to run, you run.
You have outlined a set path. It’s time to execute on that path. Is nature going to throw you off-kilter or are you going to make what you want happen? You have the power to make that decision.
Running in the rain isn’t about your time.
When you run in the rain, your time doesn’t matter.
You’re going to run slower. You’re sidestepping puddles. Your shoes are wet. But it doesn’t matter. Because you are doing what most are unwilling to do.
You are doing the damn work. Running in the rain isn’t about the time. It’s about finishing.
Running in the rain isn’t about anyone else.
It’s only you who will know you did the work. I mean, nobody else will see you out there. Running in the rain is for you.
Running in the rain is about understanding there will never be perfect conditions.
You will always have some excuse. You will always be able to say, “Ah, tomorrow it’ll probably be sunny out.”
Running in the rain is about asserting your will on any situation.
My friend Aman told me once, “My will is stronger than any obstacle.” If the rain is an obstacle (which, for most people, it is), then it is asserting your will on it. It’s making sure you won’t back down from a challenge. It is about seeing what most people would run away from and go directly into the heart of a challenge.
That brings me to something I believe needs to be highlighted. If you find yourself balking at something difficult, it probably means you should do it.
For example, for most people, they balk at the idea of taking a cold shower. I mean, why would you purposefully take a cold shower? But you grow from the cold. The cold is an incredible teacher. You are balking at the idea because it is difficult and potentially painful in the short term. When you find yourself thinking, “Oh, I don’t want to do that” … it probably means you need to do that.
Running in the rain is about connecting with nature.
If you are fortunate enough to have a roof over your head, the rain isn’t something you typically have to deal with. But to really feel the beautiful water slip down your head. Feeling the way the water falls off the tree branches. How the water smacks down against the pavement. It’s all beautiful.
Running in the rain is about making it more difficult in the moment so it’ll be less difficult in the long term.
Your next run will be easier because we judge everything in comparison to what previously came before it. So, you’ll soon be thinking, “Wow, this is easy” when you’re running in the sun.
Running in the rain is about building your mental toughness.
If you can do what others won’t, this can translate to every other aspect of your life.