It’s been an awful winter for many of us. Snow in places that don’t usually get snow. And temperatures that haven’t been seen in 30 years (and I’ll be honest and tell you I wasn’t running in the cold when I was 13. Heck, I wasn’t running at all.) In fact, we have more snow on the ground (8 inches so far) and no school today, so my workout will either be on the treadmill or just from shoveling snow. But as soon as there is a relatively safe place to run, I’ll be out there again, dressed appropriately.
There are tons of “guides” out there for how to dress for this weather. Google it. You’ll find a whole bunch.
But I’m finding I have my own quirks that affect my clothing choices when I’m getting ready to run. It’s taken a lot of trial and error, but most of the time I dress right *for me* now.
Here are my quirks:
- My coldest body part is my butt and I can’t stand it when it’s cold. My solution? I wear a running skirt with compression shorts with my fleece lined tights. I pull the tights up between the shorts and the skirt. Three layers = happy bum!
- My warmest body parts are my hands. Unless it’s really windy or in the single digits, I very seldom make it through an entire run with my gloves on. Oddly, when I’m not running, my hands feel like ice cubes.
- I prefer a baseball cap style hat and a Bondi band to cover my ears to running with a running hat. Even on cold days, if I wear a fleece running hat, I end up with a wet ponytail.
- I’ve fallen in love with the smartwool socks, but I’m an idiot – I only bought “no show” socks. Who buys winter socks that don’t even cover their ankles?
- If it’s under 30 degrees, I always wear a tank top (tucked into my tights), a half zip, and my running jacket. On super cold days, my half zip is fleece. Thanks to the zippers, this layering has worked for me for temps from single digits to a cloudy 40 degree day.
- I prefer to be slightly overdressed and a little bit sweaty to being underdressed. If I have a jacket on, it holds the heat in and I don’t feel cold until I stop running (and I immediately jump in a hot shower.) If I’m underdressed, I often never warm up on the run and then I’m chilled for the entire rest of the day.
So, now you know my winter running quirks and what I wear to accommodate them. I’ll never be one of those runners who takes pride in wearing shorts until a certain date or down to a certain temp. I’m all about being comfortable on the run.
What about you? Am I the only one who wears weird combinations? Am I the only one who has romanticized 90* weather? I really could have done without this latest snow dump.