As the blistering heat of the summer months fade away, and I think of the prospect of retiring my shorts for the winter a few things come to mind 1) Typically cooler weather means faster times and less chafing for me 2) A guide on what to wear for these “intermediate months” would be nice.
I mean when it’s really hot it’s an obvious choices to go for shorts and a tank, when it’s really cold the pants, tights, long sleeves and coats come out.
Here is my product guide on how I dress by temperature
Shorts & breathable tank/tee shirt. I personally prefer compression shorts over loose fitting ones- due to the fact that this girl has some triple thickness happening in the thigh region- so I am inclined to chaf when I wear those shorts on longer runs. I really like Moving Comforts, Under Armour and Nike Compression shorts .
Depending on the conditions will depend on if I go tank or tee. If it’s 65 and breezy I’ll probably do a tee, 65 and sunny I’ll do a tank. With temps 75 and up I’ll be in a tank. I am really not particular about my shirts. As long as they wick the sweat I am happy. I most own Under Armour, Nike, and Target brand workout shirts, and am happy with all of them.
Loose/light long sleeve shirt good for wicking, and comfortable capris. Most of my capris are target brand and I like them, pants are an area I need to invest more money in I only have a few pairs so cold winter running means a lot of laundry for me. I am also a fan of vests, and fully intend to purchase a Brooks vest I have had my eye on for the coming cold months.
I have a few long sleeved shirts that I love. Mind you these are not the compression long sleeves. The ones I am referring to here are loose, and not super tight to your body.
Other options include short sleeved shirts with compression warmers for arms and or calves. I also plan to snag some of these this season as well and give them a whirl in cool weather training.
Depending on your comfort level you could always put on a compression tank under your loose fitting top, or add a light jacket over a tee shirt.
Below 50 is when I use my compression/heat gear. At below 40 is when I’ll start to double layer (Under Armour heat gear under a loose long sleeve or under a coat), and long tights. This is when I break out my running coats, and will double up on layers
I will still wear capris at this point- because my legs stay warm- or since I am so short most capris look like high waters on me so not much leg is exposed.
Gloves & headband- at fifty or less I’m using gloves. Sometimes I take them off- sometimes I don’t. But I like having them. You can buy the fancy gloves that work with your smart phone- I typically just go for the el cheapos at Walgreens (I mean I’m going to be rubbing my snot on them…..)
I always wear a headband, but I have a few larger ones that work in both hot and cold weather. For cold runs they are big enough to wick sweat and cover my ears.
It’s every man, woman, and child for themselves at this point. So I am just going off all of my own experience here. When it gets cold you have to take in a few additional factors- is it cold and wet? Is there a significant wind chill? Is there snow/ice?
The coldest race I have ran to date was last February, it was 17 degrees out and there was a very significant wind chill. I ran in: Reebok compression tights, under Armour heat gear tank, Under Armour heat gear long sleeve, a loose long sleeve over that, and a jacket, with a head band, and gloves.
My legs were so tight and cold for the first half mile it was terrible. I now own a pair of Under Armour “all weather” pants- that thick and warm and “water resistant” I used them a lot last winter over tights for REALLY cold runs and they are great.
Regardless I will wear a Under Armour tank as my core layer to keep my heat in, and wick away sweat. Yes you still sweat when it’s cold- even when it’s below freezing
For me at the below freezing point I typically will:
1) Do a base layer tank
2) Add the UA long sleeve heat gear
3) Add a loose long sleeve over that
4) Throw on a coat
5) Have headband gloves combo
6) Wear tights possibly with my pants over top- sometimes not- just depends on if there is rain or a severe windchill
If you are die hard and plan to run in the snow/ice you may want to invest in a pair of cleats/coils/spikes (whatever you want to call them). They will help you stabilize when weather conditions are unstable. Here is a link from Runners World about these- I will be utilizing them this winter. http://www.runnersworld.com/other-gear/review-ice-cleats?page=single
Remember my threshold of “warm” is 65. That may not hold true for you dear reader so maybe you need it to be 75 before you can shed that long sleeve, and maybe you think I’m cray cray to run when It’s only 17 degrees (I probably am).