Brrr… Ya feel that!? We sure do! Our first sense of the cold front blowing through this weekend, just in time for our run groups to start next week. With the cold, often comes the need for warmth. We already feel it. We feel ourselves spending a few extra moments cuddled in bed each morning, looking forward to being back home under the covers and dreading that moment when we can’t put off our run any longer-- that moment when we have to brave the cold and get into stride.
The good news? All that cold air doesn’t mean you have to sit out your run or worse, resort to the horrible (as some would say) dreadmill! Simply having the proper attire can keep you happily running outside through the winter (or few days here and there that drop into the 30s and below, right Oklahomans?) and avoiding those frozen ears and fingers. Plus, if you’re like us, adding a new piece to your wardrobe every now and then motivates you to get movin’!
So here it is, our warmth first, fashion second tips to stay cozy! We even linked our favorite cold weather wear for you to shop, shop, shop.
Start by downloading a trusted weather app. Remember to take its temperature predictions with a grain of salt-- oh hey unpredictable Oklahoma weather, we are referring to you. Weatherunderground is our favorite for detailed wind and hourly precipitation reports (important considerations for runners).
40s - Comfortable shorts or capris should do just fine on your legs throughout the entire range of 40 degrees. Pair with breathable short sleeve layer on top. You’ll likely want longer sleeves the lower you get into the 40s or if the sun isn’t shining. Oh and yes, we said shorts. This may feel chilly at first, but trust us, this is perfect weather for a simple base layer.
High 30s - Trade those shorts in for capris. If the sun is out, you can still get away with a single long or short sleeve layer on top. You’ll probably want to grab something to cover your ears and fingers, too-- even if you end up shedding it mid way through.
Low 30s - Cover those ears and fingers! You’ll definitely want ear warmers and gloves for these temperatures. Depending on the wind and sunlight, you might even add a second layer up top like a windbreaker or light jacket.
High 20s - Time to pull out the big guns. Did you know they make cozy fleece lined tights? Well, they do exist and are a must for temperatures in the 20s. Consider a heavier coat for your second top layer.
Low 20s - Trade your regular socks in for a thicker pair of socks. If it’s towards the low end of the 20s, windy or cloudy, possibly consider a second layer for your legs like light windbreaking pants. Don’t forget that second top layer!
Earlier we mentioned a few conditions to consider like wind and sunshine. These elements (or lack of) can change the “feels like” temperature to warmer (sunshine) or colder (wind). If you’ve got a lot of either condition present for your run, you may need to adjust attire. We move one temperature category warmer for abundant sunshine and one cooler for gusting winds.
Everyone will have a different experience and preference for their perfect cold weather outfit. Play around with it to find your perfect combination so you can get out and run comfortably because we know first hand there’s not much worse than frozen solid ears and fingers! Everyone will also have their absolutely miserable temperature tolerance level. For us, we cut off studio runs at a "feels like" temperature of below 20.
Don’t forget, our run groups start up again next week (5:30a + 5:30p on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 7:00a on Saturdays). Come train for your next race with us!