Running in the Cold

Running in the Cold: As the temperatures drop closer to race time, one should consider what to wear on race day.  I read a great article in the Dallas Morning News’ running blog about what to wear while racing in cold temperatures.  The link to the full article is below, but I’ve highlighted the most apropos tips for shorter races.  And the tips equally apply to routine training runs as well.

  • To make sure you stay warm, you need to protect only two areas of your body: your head and your hands. For your head, a synthetic fabric tight cap is fine. They keep your head way warmer than a baseball cap. But a baseball cap will keep water from your face if it rains. You decide what’s more important.
  • Mittens keep your hands warmer than gloves, because you can close up your hand inside a mitten. I usually wear gloves, but you decide what works best for you. If you suffer from cold hands on mild days, wear what’s warmest for you and don’t worry about the weight.
  •  Experienced runners wear shorts in almost any weather, but if you’re worried your legs will get cold, or if you’re walking, wear tights, but not baggy pants.
  • Wear a tight-fitting long-sleeved tech shirt for your top. That’s probably all you need on top if you are running and not walking. If you’re walking, wear a waterproof jacket over it.