As it’s starting to get cold I’ve been struggling to get into the routine of what to wear on winter runs. It’s not that I don’t have the right clothes, or enough of them, it’s just that I don’t remember what I ran in last year at varying temperatures.
I do remember one rule I came up with last year – shorts and short sleeves are fine down to about 48°F (about 9°C). This worked out well for me last night when it was pretty much exactly that temperature when I went out. I remember doing a race back in March which started off with temperatures in the 30’s, and I wore shorts for that. It was tough at the start line, but I soon warmed up (as did the weather a bit if I recall correctly), so it is possible to wear shorts in colder temperatures.
I have been having problems over the last couple of weeks working out what to wear in lower temperatures, and have felt that I have been over dressed on a couple of runs.
I’m sure I’ll work it out over the next few weeks as I get used to the weather patterns again. I’m happy to run in any temperature (pretty much) thanks to a set of clothes I got for cycling a few years ago. I have managed to cycle in 15°F (-9°C), and that doesn’t include the wind chill, and have stayed relatively warm which is more that can be said for the water bottle I carry which has a tendency to freeze shut during rides in those sorts of temperatures.
Does anyone have any “rules” they live by to determine what to wear for a run based on the temperature outside?