The most used app for many runners in the winter is the Weather Channel. We will pour over the hourly forecast to assess the temperature, wind direction, and wind speed. If you have option, you will decide which way to run into the wind. Some like run against it first to get it over with, while others want to warm up faster to battle it full steam ahead. The purpose of this post is help guide you to know what to wear when running in cold weather.
IT’S NOT THAT BAD
Running in cold weather can be very unappealing to where you just opt for the treadmill instead. Unless it is 20 degrees below Fahrenheit paired with a blistering wind, running in the cold can be exhilarating and an adventure. Most runners fail to realize just how much your body heats up when your are out there running after 20 minutes or so. The key is to dress appropriately in layers and this blog will help you get an idea.
THE GOLDEN RULE: Dress as if it is 10-20 degrees warmer than it is.
The below matrix help guide you using the golden rule to know what to wear running in cold weather. There is such a thing as dressing too warm, when that happens you sweat more. Once you start cooling down that sweat gets really cold sending your body temperature way down where things can get risky with hypothermia.
WHAT TO WEAR RUNNING IN COLD WEATHER
NOW IS THE TIME
We are balls deep in Fall and the weather is shifting colder by the week as evidenced by the declining day light. It is better to transition with the season starting with the milder days to get acclimated to the colder weather. Yes, the cold air may feel a bit uncomfortable to your lungs. It is important to note that the cold air will not do any damage until it gets below zero. I have no medical studies to support this, but it is a known fact. If you trust this blog for medical advice, than please consider shopping our selection too.
GEAR AND LINKS
- Shorts: Of course we recommend ours. We have the only patented insert-able windbrief on the market with the Windsert. The longer 192’s will provide more coverage: https://ruffrd.com/product/192s/
- Gloves: We are digging the Boco’s lately: https://www.bocogear.com/product/run-glove-reflective-black-3/
- Jackets: The North Face has some new technology and is a trusted brand: https://www.thenorthface.com/about-us/technology-innovation/technology.html