Guys, it’s getting cold

It’s that time of year again. The time where the jackets come out and the runners struggle to find the balance between freezing and overheating. Thankfully, there are a plethora of resources out there for runners, who like me, have issues trying to figure out what to wear when it’s cold out.

First, let’s start with what to wear when you get out there. If you are planning to run out in the cold, it’s time to go on a shopping trip. You will need to have materials to cover ANY exposed skin if it’s close to freezing. Your body will lose heat through any exposed skin, so gloves and a hat are necessary essentials when going out.

When looking for clothing, try to find pieces made from materials such as polypropylene, capilene, and some wool/synthetic blends because they wick moisture away from your body and keep you as warm and dry as possible.

When I run outside, I always wear my long-sleeved body armor. After that, I normally put on a t-shirt and jacket, gloves holding the jacket in place and a hat that doesn’t become scratchy when wet.

Something to keep in mind when you are planning your workouts outside is that running intervals is best done when the temperature does not call for the 3-layer dress. The stop-go training can actually do you more harm because you will get very warm while running, and then very cold while walking. So I would recommend you leave that to the gym.

whattowear1If you’re not sure what to wear outside for a run as the weather gets cooler, do not fear! Runner’s World is there for you! Using their “What to Wear” form, you can type in everything about the weather outside and your planned workout.

Let’s say for example I use the conditions for the 5K I ran in March (a chilly 18-degree start temp).

I plug in all of the specifics of temperature, wind conditions, time of day and the intensity of my run – and hit SUBMIT.

Now this is where the magic happens.


My favorite part about this is that it caters to your gender and what you need to wear based on your human makeup. If you’re interested in getting a feel for what you should wear before you head out, visit:


About AlyL

A wandering spirit drawn to running, music, theater, and those that give life to others. Functioning in a life that's next to normal.
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