Temperature Guide for Running Gear

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

65+ Degrees

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.

Top right: Under Armour Tank, Bottom Right: Nike Dri Fit tank, Bottom Left: Target workout Tee, Top Left: Venados Nike tank

Top right: Under Armour Tank, Bottom Right: Nike Dri Fit tank, Bottom Left: Target workout Tee, Top Left: Venados Nike tank

Some of my favorite running shorts- from top (clockwise)- Nike, Green Under Armour, Moving Comfort Compression Shorts, and 90 Degree by Reflex.

Some of my favorite running shorts- from top (clockwise)- Nike, Green Under Armour, Moving Comfort Compression Shorts, and 90 Degree by Reflex.

50-60 Degrees

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.

Prepping for a "mid-60's run this week" loose long sleeve (so I can roll up if I get warm) with shorts

Prepping for a “mid-60’s run this week” loose long sleeve (so I can roll up if I get warm) with shorts

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.

A few long sleeved shirts I adore.  The one on the left is Under Armour and I adore it.  The orange one on the right is a new one- from my last half- but I really like it

A few long sleeved shirts I adore. The one on the left is Under Armour and I adore it. The orange one on the right is a new one- from my last half- but I really like it

 

This one is kind of one level up from my other long sleeves - it is loose- but a little thicker and it still wicks.  It's from the ViziPro gear from Saucony - which I am obsessed with

This one is kind of one level up from my other long sleeves – it is loose- but a little thicker and it still wicks. It’s from the ViziPro gear from Saucony – which I am obsessed with

 

Some of my pants- The far left if 90 degrees by reflex, the middle are capris from target, and the far right are Fila from Marshalls/TJ Maxx

Some of my pants- The far left if 90 degrees by reflex, the middle are capris from target, and the far right are Fila from Marshalls/TJ Maxx

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.

35-49 Degrees

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

This guy is for the heavy duty cold weather.  Keeps my warm and dry, and is easier to layer on.  (Heat Gear from Under Armour)

This guy is for the heavy duty cold weather. Keeps my warm and dry, and is easier to layer on. (Heat Gear from Under Armour)

 

This is a Nike Zip Up I got last year for Christmas- It is a little long for me, but it is a great running hoodie, it keeps me really warm, and I can always put a shell on outside of it

This is a Nike Zip Up I got last year for Christmas- It is a little long for me, but it is a great running hoodie, it keeps me really warm, and I can always put a shell on outside of it

This is a super warm Reebok long sleeve.  The inside is warm and fleecy so it is perfect for colder runs.
This is a super warm Reebok long sleeve. The inside is warm and fleecy so it is perfect for colder runs.

This is my favorite "shell" jacket- it's very light but it keeps my "lower layers" dry.  It's nice for cooler summer runs- to wet runs, and even winter runs.  Another Vizipro from Saucony (I love their neon colors)

This is my favorite “shell” jacket- it’s very light but it keeps my “lower layers” dry. It’s nice for cooler summer runs- to wet runs, and even winter runs. Another Vizipro from Saucony (I love their neon colors)

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…..)

Left: Reebok compression pants- I LOVE these they are so versatile I can even roll them up and wear them as capris, they are tight(er) to my skin, but not wicked tight- I feel comfortable wearing them on their own, or layering the pants on the right on top of.  The pants on the right are Under Armour Storm- I they are thicker and super warm, and supposed to worn to keep wet weather at bay.

Left: Reebok compression pants- I LOVE these they are so versatile I can even roll them up and wear them as capris, they are tight(er) to my skin, but not wicked tight- I feel comfortable wearing them on their own, or layering the pants on the right on top of. The pants on the right are Under Armour Storm- I they are thicker and super warm, and supposed to worn to keep wet weather at bay.

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.

I am a total headband whore.  End of story.

I am a total headband whore. End of story.

 

These are the one nice pair of gloves I have- they are smart gloves so they do work on smart phones/touch screens

These are the one nice pair of gloves I have- they are smart gloves so they do work on smart phones/touch screens

Below freezing

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).

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