Today’s Tuesdays on the Run topic is coming just in time–it was in the low 40s for my last few runs! Last year’s polar vortex taught me a lot about how to keep warm running in cold weather, but I wouldn’t mind a few more weeks of fall weather before winter settles in.
In some ways I am a fair weather runner–I won’t run if the wind is whipping or it’s pouring down rain–but I don’t mind bundling up to go out in the cold. The D.C. area weather can change dramatically from day to day–it’s not unusual to have 20 degree temperature swings–so every morning I have to check the weather to see what I need to wear for my run.
When the temperatures are in the 50s, I usually wear a long-sleeved top and shorts or capris. When the temperatures dip into the 40s, I make sure I wear a warm top and capris or tights. This is new outfit I got at Target. Each piece was only $20-something dollars!
The top is cozy and fuzzy inside–but no thumbholes!
If it’s in the low 40s, I have to think about keeping my ears warm and my hands warm. I prefer headbands to hats unless it’s really cold. Under Armour has a nice line of fleece headbands that come in a variety of colors.
When it gets colder, it’s time for gloves. Last year I learned that I need at least two pairs of running gloves. First, having two pairs means I will have a back up pair if I lose a glove. Second, it’s nice to have one pair of lightweight gloves and one pair of insulated gloves for really cold days. I love that most running gloves are made with touchscreen-compatible finger tips!
This was my go-to polar vortex outfit last year–my Nike Women’s Element Half Zip Running Shirt, a down vest my Mom gave me for Christmas, and Nike running tights.
Of course, the best way to warm up after a cold run is to take a long hot shower and enjoy a bottomless cup of coffee!
How do you stay warm running in cold weather?
Is there a temperature that drives you to the treadmill?