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Why I Like To Run In The Rain ...
Against The Norm Is Fantastic!
March 20, 2014

By Rachael Naylor
Voice Actor

I haven't been running for long. I mean running regularly. I’m no expert at running and I’m not very fast. I’ve always been more of a long distance runner anyway. And I’d like to add that I have - like a lot of people - a very dodgy knee which has had three operations over the years!

So some would say that running probably isn’t the best sport for me, but I love it.

I’ve been a member of various gyms over the years and I have always been into sport and keeping fit, so I love the freedom of just stepping out of your front door to exercise.

It’s brilliant. Plus, I’m lucky to live in a very beautiful part of West London so I get to run along the river.

Most people would think, especially if you’re not into running, that running in the rain - well that’s horrible right? Who’d run in the rain? You get wet and cold!


When it’s raining our natural reaction is to stay indoors if we can. But the thing about running in the rain is that it goes against the norm, and that’s part of why it’s so fantastic.

When you go for a run in the rain you don’t see many, if any, other runners. When you get home, sure your wet. But you’re gonna have a shower anyway and the sense of achievement and not being beaten by the weather is brilliant!

I actually recommend it!


This can be applied to life in many ways and going against the norm can be fantastic.

Here’s a lovely quote I found recently:
"When everything seems to be going against you, remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it ….” – Henry Ford
In life and business, sometimes our gut tells us to turn around and head upstream. That’s not what everyone else is doing and it looks really tough.

I say go for it! You’ll never know unless you try.


And just like running in the rain, you may actually enjoy it! It’s all about getting out of your comfort zone.

The thing about getting out of your comfort zone is that it usually isn’t as hard or scary or uncomfortable as you thought it would be.

And when you step outside your comfort zone, that’s when the magic happens.
Rachael Naylor is a London-based voice over artist, actress, writer and entrepreneur. Some of her recent voice over clients include Virgin Media, BMW, Cadburys, Toni and Guy and American Express. Rachael also runs The VoiceOver Network, running events and drinks for people who work in the voice over industry in the UK, including monthly meet-ups.

Twitter: @RachaelNaylor

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Comments (2)
Louise Ann
4/6/2014 at 12:29 PM
Thank you for that positive affirmation as I begin my career in VO. Go for it and soar like an eagle! Right?
Moe Rock
3/21/2014 at 12:58 PM
Great blog Rachael! I also love running in the rain. Maybe someday I'll get to run in London!

Really great analogy though… and I love love LOVE the quote by Henry Ford.
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