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Old 09-27-2012, 09:49 AM   #1
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Cold weather running?

I am in the Northeast and it's going to get colder soon enough. I haven't run outside in winter before but I'm going to have to since I'm training for the Princess 1/2.
I have no idea what to wear or how to prepare. I don't want to get TOO warm or freeze. What do YOU wear? What do you wish someone had told you about?

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I am out in it on the North Coast training for WDW Goofy. I always wear technical clothes as a first layer. Then depending on weather I layer with either non-technical clothing or jackets. The layers are either removed as I pass the car if I over do it, or I tie around my waist as I go. I think what I have done is experiment. I like to think the valuable advice I was given is to go out a little cooler since I do warm up as I go. However, if it is really cold, I carry a jacket around my waist just in case I am wilting at the end of my long run(walk) and start slowing. I really like that jacket at the end of these times.

I'm going to move this to the Events side of WISH hoping that those training for the events will also add info for you.
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Old 09-28-2012, 08:59 PM   #3
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Howdy Northeast neighbor! I'm in CT, and a little bit back I posted the following on the Princess thread in response to someone else asking about running as the temps drop:

And as for the weather...there's really no such thing as bad weather, just improper dressing. I actually prefer cold weather running...my favorite days are ahead! Layering is key, with wicking fabrics, especially for your base layer. I'll go out in the 20's and even high teens and quite honestly I've never come back from a run and said that I was too cold. I just heat up like a sweat ball...the biggest thing is to control chilling afterward or have an extra layer and/or a plan for shelter or a ride if you have to stop. Gloves and ear protection are the big things for me. I have Raynaud's Phenomon which affects the blood flow in my hands, so while I feel like my hands are not cold I have to keep them covered and toasty anyway. Good running gloves are nice (and most have a little terry cloth thumb section for runny noses...eww! but so nice and useful! - I have a few pair so I was them with the rest of my stuff after every run), but even dollar store gloves are good - or even socks! Some of my hard core runner friends still just use an extra pair of socks or lightweight cotton work gloves. Experiment with hats and headbands - for me I wear a hat only in the coldest of temps, otherwise I overheat. A nice long pair of tights and multiple layers on top and you're good to go. I do have some gripper spikes that go over my shoes that I used a couple of years ago training for the Princess, it was a wicked snowy winter and I loathe the treadmill. Last year I didn't pull them out at all during the winter since it was way less snowy and icy. We'll see what this winter has in store!

I almost forgot the most important part of outdoor winter running - visibility! Days are shorter, so if you go out at dawn or dusk, please please please at the very least go and buy a $5 safety reflective vest at Home Depot or Lowes. And be sure to run against traffic so you can be seen and you can see and react if need be. Also know that red reads as black in low light, so that red hooded sweatshirt doesn't help oncoming motorists see you any better than a navy or black one would. And if you run mid day and it is snowy out, don't wear white, light gray, light blue, silver, etc. Bright contrasting colors that stand out from the icky snowbanks and light blue sky are best. Remember that there are no leaves on the trees to shade the sun, so motorists can be blinded easily.

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What works for me (I run warm).......

50 degrees or over....shorts and a T shirt
30-50 degrees.....long sleeve shirt, 3/4 tights. or shorts. Myabe a headband. This is the range where it seems I am always pushing up sleeves once I warm up.
30 degrees or under.....long sleeve shirt and running tights (mine are loose tights), headband, running gloves

If the conditions are colder or windier,I also have a heavyweight running shirt that is more windproof and warm. I also bought some longer underwear (like a long boy short) to wear under the tights--but of course, this past winter didn't need them. I also have running mittens (that fold back to open).

My areas that tend to get cold are ears (hate the wind-gives me headaches) and fingers (which usually warm up after 2 miles unless really bitter). When the weather was rough two years ago, my thighs got cold--weird! Hence the undershorts purchase.

Hope you find what works for you.


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I'm going to agree with everyone else that the key thing is layers. In my winter running wardrobe I have 3 pairs of running pants in various weights in tech fabric so the moisture can escape. I also have a pair of tech long underwear that can be added as a layer underneath. On top, I have a few long sleeve shirts a couple of jackets and a heavy vest I can put on.

Runners world has a pretty good website called What Should I wear? You put in your weather conditions and it give you a recommendation based on if you prefer being warm, cool, or in between.

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Old 09-29-2012, 03:45 PM   #6
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You may want to try out different clothing as the temps get colder, but layers are definitely the way to go. Also, if you have a place in your neighborhood where you can stash clothing as you warm up, that is helpful. Some runners have no problem running with clothing tied around their waist, but I am not a fan of that. Happy training!
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Old 09-29-2012, 06:27 PM   #7
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I like to run a little on the warm side so I am quick with tights, long sleeves, and jackets. One thing i like is to get a jacket with pit zips so that if you do warm up you can open the sides and not have to tie the jacket around your waste. They are not easy to find but great if you don't want to carry your layers with you.

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