Friday, January 13, 2012

Running in the Rain with an iPod

Do you ever get nervous about ruining your iPod, Garmin, or cell phone when you go running during a rain storm?

I have ruined a couple things while running in the rain including:
  • an iPod
  • a cell phone
As you know, these things are not cheap.

But I have found a SIMPLE solution!!!

One of my running coaches/friends showed me a cheap and easy way of how to save your electronics while running in the rain...

ZIPLOCK BAG!
Yes, our Christmas tree is still up.
And you can ignore my rooster's comb hair.
The above photo was right before my most recent 7 mile run in 55:10, average pace of 7:53 where it was cold and raining the ENTIRE time and when I got back, my iPod was still working.

Now here's the real question....
How do you keep your Garmin dry when you run outside in the rain?
Tappan has a Garmin 310xt, which is completely waterproof, but it was considerably more expensive than my 305.  So I just try to wear waterproof long sleeves, but I'd like to find a little waterproof cover because the sleeves don't always keep it dry.

34 comments:

  1. I've waterlogged 3 iPods in the rain or uber heat where I dumped water on myself (duh). Never thought about a bag. How did I not ruin my Garmin?? Hope I didn't jinx myself.

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  2. I kept my Garmin on when I dived into the dam last month, and onthing wrong (almost lost my glasses). But in winter I do take it off and put it in a bag for long wet mountain runs.

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  3. i always would put my phone and money in a ziplock bag when biking - but never thought of that for when im running! excellent idea. as for my garmin, i usually just hide it under the sleeve of my coat and hope for the best.

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  4. ha, funny but i've never thought of this before. thanks for bringing common sense into my life today :)

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  5. Ooh, that's tricky with the Garmin. I'm usually a wimp and don't run in the rain, so I don't know the answer to that one! ;)

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  6. GREAT IDEA>....I always just keep mine barried under all my layers...but I'm trying this

    Oh and I thought you looked hot in that pic ;)

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  7. I use the ziplock bag too. You have to be careful using it without phone though cuz it sweats in the bag and still creates moisture. That's agreat pic of you! I just took my tree down yesterday so we are both behind on the Christmas clean up.

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  8. Wow, impressive run - especially given the conditions. I almost had to do that last weekend, but it cleared up just in time.

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  9. I have just tried to cover mine with my sleeve too but it still gets wet! That's probably why it goes crazy on me all the time...

    PS you look so good in that photo!! Hellooooo model!

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  10. I have done ziploc baggage as well. And I feel better seeing your tree up because ours is as well. All the Christmas decor is. I might work on that this weekend...

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  11. What a simple solution I have never thought of before. I have wore my Garmin while it has been raining and it is still working - hopefully I don't jinx myself.

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  12. Just a note about getting iPods wet (assuming the are off when they get wet - if it gets wet while it's turned on it's probably a lot less likely to survive): I have put not one but TWO iPods through a full cycle in the washing machine, only to revive them fully to life again! (I tend to put my iPods in jacket pockets and then forget about them when I go to toss them in the laundry.) The first time I did was years ago with an old Nano...it looked totally fried at first and I ruled it dead, but I kept it sitting in a drawer for the longest time as I kept intending to dispose of it properly somewhere. Weeks later I noticed the water had dried from the screen, and I tried to charge it - and it worked! The last time I did it was a few weeks ago with the latest Shuffle model. I unplugged the headphones to let it dry out, and the NEXT DAY I plugged it in and it worked! I can't promise every iPod will survive (I imagine a Touch or iPhone might be a lot more fragile), but if you accidentally get one wet, give it awhile to dry before you write if off.

    Regarding running with a Garmin in the rain...I have a 405 model, and I can lock the touch bezel and it works fine in the rain. (Although you can't use all the features with the bezel locked, obviously.) With your model, I imagine you could try using a snack size Ziplock...cut little slits at either side to allow the wrist straps to go through, but the face might stay dry that way...might be worth experimenting.

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  13. I use the plastic bag for runs in the rain that I take my phone with me, my ipod is usually inside my rain jacket, so I don't worry too much, and my Garmin is run with a foot pod and I believe is water proof, so I never really worry about that either...or I just avoid running in the rain :) j/k, kind of - I used to avoid it, now I understand it is just one of the environmental risks I take and need to train through.

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  14. I don't know if this would work for a Garmin or iPod, but I do know if a cell phone gets wet, you can throw it in a bowl of rice. The rice absorbs/pulls the water out of the phone to dry it out. It actually works, even though it sounds weird.

    Just something to keep in mind.

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  15. Love the hair do, friend ;) I haven't run in the rain since my half in August... And if I choose to run in the rain, I usually nix the ipod, or stick in my bra, uncomfortable but true.

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  16. I have ran in the ran with my Garmin and it still works. I have a F 305.

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  17. The ziploc trick is totally obvious, but never thought of it!! I've gotten my Garmin pretty wet. When I was running in Minnesota during Christmas, I was wishing for a jacket with a clear patch so i could check my Garmin. They should invent that, right? Maybe I should suggest it to Lululemon??

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  18. I've gone hiking with my stuff in a ziploc bag before if it might rain, but never tried it for running - genius!

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  19. I usually do the double ziplock bag trick for my iPhone during races when it's in my waist pack. If its raining then I won't take my iPod for the runs.

    I don't protect my garmin when it's raining. I don't run outside in the rain unless it's a race. But I did run a half and a marathon within a month of each other in the rain and it got water under the screen. Luckily I was able to return it for a new one.

    I migt have to try the bag trick for my iPod when it's raining... :)

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  20. Great idea with the ziploc bag. I'll have to remember that the next time it rains. I hate runing without my ipod, but I'm too afraid to bring it if it looks like rain

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  21. So simple, now why didn't I think of that?

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  22. I've never worn my Garmin in the rain so no tips there! But, I have used the ziplock trick before! Genius!

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  23. The only time I carry a cell phone when I run is during large races when I know I'll have to call whoever is with me to find them in the crowds. I always use the ziplock baggie trick for my cell and I stick it in my sports bra! It works so well because it keeps the sweat out. I haven't ruined a phone yet (knock on wood).

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  24. ummm so smart about the baggie. i always just go for it and hope and pray it still works in the end. haha. probably not the best solution ;)

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  25. My second half marathon it was MONSOONING the entire time. I ruined a brand new ipod, but since it was brand new (I had ordered it used from overstock.com) I was able to ship it back and get a new one for free! Sneaky? maybe, but hey it worked! haha. I also wore my garmin the whole time and it was fine. its a 305, but it seems to be waterproof to me!

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  26. people may make fun of me for being old school in my little fixes, but i'm like u and go the simple route! along with plastic bags....in the rest of life i've found duct tape to be able to solve most any problem! ;)

    as for garmins staying dry...luckily mine is waterproof but if it weren't i'd go the long sleeves route! great run out there! :)

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  27. Love the rooster comb hair! When it is raining I usually wear a raincoat, but sometimes that can be a little warm. I will have to try the ziplock baggie. I suppose you could wrap the Garmin in saran wrap? not sure how that would work.

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  28. Um, I've never even thought about it....I was planning on taking my Garmin skiing this weekend too just out of curiosity (how long is a ski run, REALLY?!) Maybe the snow wouldn't be the best plan, eh?!

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  29. I try to cover it up..but don't have any good tricks that actually work. However, it hasn't gone bonkers yet, so I guess it's OK!

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  30. the Garmin seems to be waterproof. I run a lot in rain and never protect it in any way

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  31. Good idea on the ziploc bag for your ipod! I had a garmin 305 in the past, and generally I ran with it in the rain regardless - and it seemed to work. I guess I don't run in the rain that often though.

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  32. Wow, impressive run - especially given the conditions. I almost had to do that last weekend, but it cleared up just in time.

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  33. Wow! This looks great! I am so impressed!

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  34. hi, do you guys know of any fanny/waist pack or wallet that has holes to put your headphones through?

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