I figured I would post about dressing the part of a runner in the cold weather. I am no expert, but I don't think you have to be when you know what keeps you warm and what doesn't! In addition, running isn't the cheapest 'sport' around. I prefer to spend on some items and save on others. Shoes? Spend! Gloves? Save!
As it has gradually gotten colder, I have modified my running gear. Yes, I want to be in my running shorts and a sports bra tank and not multiple layers! But this is what I've found that works for me, head to toe...
Here I am posing after my 4 miler in my black one...I think it was just above 40 degrees that day and it was perfect. Oh, and yes...the Bondi Band came in handy, too! Ha...gloves and shorts, that's how I roll! ;)
Layer 3 - Outer Layer
So there you have it, my list of items to keep you running in the cold weather without freezing to death or having to take out a loan. I mix and match everything depending on the temps. I make sure everything I get is washable. I use Arm & Hammer Delicare on all my workout clothes. I wash them in the gentle cycle and dry them on low.
As for cold weather running you want1.) Moisture wicking fabric - No t-shirts or cotton stuff that will hold that wetness to your skin. And yes, you WILL sweat when it is 30 degrees outside!
2.) Layers, Layers, Layers!
3.) Dress as though it were 20 degrees warmer outside. If it is 32, dress as though it were 52. You do not want to over heat.
4.) Keep your head covered. Your heat will escape through the top of your body.
I was too warm this morning and again, it was 18 degrees outside with the windchill. I can not run in hoodies or anything bulky. I need to have my ears covered. I'd rather be slightly cool than too warm. I hope this helps and gives you an idea of what you can buy. There are amazing product lines for runners, but they don't meet every budget! Clearance racks are awesome! It is about the fabric, not the name brand.
Happy Running Everyone!
Stay Warm & Keep Streaking!