It depends where you live, but this cold snap could be affecting your runs. Remember, there is no such thing as weather that is too cold, just not enough clothes. If you have the right clothes, you will stay warm, dry and comfortable!
This is just a preliminary guide, since every person differs in how much warmth they require, it depends on the length of the run, and the humidity.
When It’s 32 Degrees or Below:
- Our first layer is a anti-wicking bra and tank top. This keeps the sweat from soaking the layer closest to your skin and making you sick.
- Long sleeve midweight base layer shirt. You can either try wool/polyester, or a long sleeved race tech shirt. If you don’t have a pair, try finding one at a second hand store (running clothes are just way too expensive!). If you’re up for something cute, try the Swiftly Tech from Lululemon.
- If your feet tend to get cold, use wicking knee length socks. Also try ski socks if you have those handy!
- Over the long sleeve shirt, wear a wind breaking jacket. This should be tight fitting so it doesn’t bounce as you run. The purpose of this jacket is to keep you dry and protect you from the wind.
- Invest in a pair of running tights. May we suggest the Pearl iZUMi Women’s Thermal Tights, which are extremely warm and have a zipper at the ankle to ensure no cool breezes up your legs!
- Wear a lightweight running beanie, anti wicking so it doesn’t retain moister from sweat and cause a head cold. We don’t suggest purchasing this item online, as they tend to be too short to cover your ears.
- Light gloves work for cooler temperatures to warm up your hands. Some people only need gloves for the first couple miles, which means they are removed by the time your hands get sweaty. If you need them for a longer time, try a pair of running gloves.
When It’s Above 32 Degrees:
When it’s a little warmer than freezing, it still requires you to dress for the weather. Layering with all those layer above results in a sweaty uncomfortable run, but you can’t head out in shorts and a t-shirt.
- Dress in layer, but wear the same first layer of a anti-wicking bra and tank top.
- Wear a long sleeve midweight base layer shirt.
- If you need a jacket, keep it light weight in case you warm up and it needs to be tied around your waist.
- If it’s windy, wear the thicker running tights. However, if it’s warmer, thinner running capri’s will keep you from overheating. Our favorite is the inspire crop from Lululemon.
- Try a thinner running hat or cap to keep your heat warm during your run. If it’s raining, try a waterproof cap to keep the rain from soaking your hair.
What do you wear on your winter runs? Share them on twitter #girlsrunfaster or on our facebook page!