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Nailing the clothing issue

Posted Oct 26 2009 12:00am
Fall can be a tricky time of year for dressing thanks to the wide fluctuation in temperatures. Here in the Mid-Atlantic, for instance, we had record low temps in the 40s last week for four days running. Contrast that with this past Saturday when it was in the 70-degree range and very humid.

For runners, finding that sweet spot in dressing is key, especially when you are logging a long run. When I did my long run last weekend it was 40 degrees and pouring down rain. Knowing that I run "hot" all the time, I didn't want to overdress, especially when I was going to be out there for a few hours. I went with capri tights, a long-sleeved top and a vest. I pretty much nailed it, which made for a much more comfortable run. This weekend I went with shorts and a short-sleeved top. Knowing my friends and I were starting our run with a six mile loop before meeting up with others, I stashed a sleeveless top back at my car. I was thankful, because at 70 degrees at 7 a.m., I needed it!

My friend Mike is another clothing geek--and believe me, he elevates it to a whole new level. He loves to sift through his large collection of technical wear to find just the right pieces for whatever Mother Nature might throw his way. I think he has rubbed off on me. I realize that these cheap thrills might not mean much to some, but to me, finding that perfect combo of clothing for running makes all the difference between a good day and a bad one.
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