Cool Runnings | What to Wear in Cold Weather | Outdoor Runner

There are two things to think about when you dress for running in cold weather.  The first is getting out the door, the second is actually running.  It’s hard to get out of the door to run when it’s cold outside, and it’s tempting to wear as many clothes as possible to make the initial plunge more bearable.  However, that’s where the second consideration becomes important, because wearing enough clothing to make it comfortable outside initially will make the actual run miserably hot.  The trick, when running in cold weather, is to dress like it’s ten to fifteen degrees warmer than it actually is.  Starting the run will be hard, but after a mile or so you’ll warm up and be more comfortable than if you dressed warmer.In terms of actual dress, think in layers.  As a runner, it’s important to keep your legs warm so as not to pull anything with sudden changes in speed, so pants or tights over (or under) your running shorts are important.  On top, a t-shirt and a long sleeved top will usually do the trick in milder weather.  A hat and gloves may be necessary as the weather gets colder.  Sometimes, if it’s raining or snowing, there is a temptation to wear a jacket to keep the water off.  A jacket like this will keep the rain off, but it won’t breathe, so you’ll probably just get wet with sweat anyway.The two takeaways? Dress like it’s ten to fifteen degrees warmer than it is, and dress in layers.  These two tips will make cold weather running as enjoyable as possible. The Art of Personal Training by Kisar Dhillon107 SE Washington StreetSuite 137Portland, Oregon 97214503-953-0241