(not in a pervy way)
I went for a run at lunchtime in my usual kit (3/4 length tights, short sleeved tshirt) but now think I may be the odd one out as everyone else in the park seemed to be swaddled in multiple layers.
This year will be the first time I train for a marathon through winter, so I suppose I'll have to make a switch to slightly warmer clothes at some point but stupidly I hadn't really considered this before now. The only 'winter' running clothes I have are 1 x long sleeve base layer top (bought for climbing Snowdon) and 1 x shower proof jacket (which I hate because it makes me sweat like a pig).
Has everyone else switched over to their winter kit? And if so, what does it consist of? (I'm wondering what to ask Santa to bring me) ... do I really need all the stuff touted in the 5 thousand articles about "Winter running kit" in all the magazines?
Ronhill Tracksters instead of shorts.
Longsleeve baselayer under a tech top if it's super cold, 2 x tech top if it's quite cold.
A buff worn as a beanie, I find thicker hats are too warm. Another buff worn over face and neck if it's very very cold.
Ronhill Lite gloves if it's quite cold, thicker mitten type gloves if it's proper cold.
If it's very windy/cold/rainy a Montane Featherlite Smock. This is the best bit of kit I have.
I usually get it about right. I sometimes find myself losing the hat towards the end of a run but it fits in a pocket easily enough.
I've got to say most of the time I ware my gloves i regret it by about mile 3 and end up carrying them the rest of the way.
I've never bothered with a hat either as I just get too hot. I use a long sleeve shirt and either full length or 3/4 leggings (I always feel a bit camp calling them leggings) in the dry and substitute the long sleeve for a win/water proof in the rain (cold killers) but i just ware a vest underneath.
Skinz hi-viz thermal waterproof beanie. Nike Stay Warm l/s zip top Nike Stay Warm Tights. Also old Concurve ( now Gore?) Windstopper gilet. Adidas and Nike fleeces and gloves. A hi-viz rainjacket. I don't wear all this at the same time (!) only when weather is poor.
It is suggested that we should dress for 10C degrees warmer than we start our run. Of course always think what to do if things go wrong in poor weather and you are not warm enough. Anyone carry a folded foil blanket on long runs?
I used to run through most of winter in shorts, until it was explained to me that running tights arent for softies - they are because cold calves tear really easily.
I'd rather be a little sweaty than go through re-hab from torn calf muscles again.
Lets face it, wearing a pair of tights and being slightly warmer isnt like running in 25 degree heat in Summer.
On the fells its a different matter - and yes - I do take a survival blanket then!
About 2degC this morning.
On the bike: long sleeve running T under a winter bike jacket. Tri-Shorts with legwarmers and winter gloves. Buff.
For the run after the bike: long sleeve running T and tri shorts.Buff.
I hate being cold when I step outside, but by mile 1 I'm toasty. I normally run in a T-shirt and shorts all year. Long sleeve T is very cold. If really really cold then maybe running tights.
Another vote for the Montane Featherlite smock - it's just a very thin windproof layer. It's not waterproof, so you don't get too sweaty inside. I wear it if it's sub-zero, or very wet or windy. It's also very easy to carry if you miscalculate and get too hot - small enough to carry in your fist, or just tie it round your waist. For that reason it also makes good pre/post race wear - more elegant than a bin bag, too.
In more 'normal' winter weather, I wear Ron Hill Tracksters, a long-sleeved tech. top (Aldi's are a bit thicker than many), and very thin gloves. Sometimes a buff on my head, but that rarely stays on past the first couple of miles.
Anything above 10 degrees and it'll be shorts and t-shirt, though.
Cougie, you make a good point about having the option to take layers off. So far I've been doing there-and-back routes close to home, work or the car with warm clothes within easy reach, but it sounds like a good idea to have something warm with me in case anything goes wrong while I'm out.
I actually have a couple of foil blankets (got them in a goodie bag at some race or other and never threw them away because they seemed useful) They are folded up to the size of a handy pack of tissues, so I might start taking one of those when we go out for longer runs cross country.
I am off to investigate the Montane smock (why do I have a sinking feeling that it is going to be very expensive) and I think I'll ask Santa for a buff - sounds like a good multi purpose bit of kit (hat & scarf in one). I like the idea of a jacket that folds up small enough to carry in my fist, I have tried running with my jacket tied round my waist and it bugs me no end!
Kicked-It wrote (see)
I used to run through most of winter in shorts, until it was explained to me that running tights arent for softies - they are because cold calves tear really easily.I'd rather be a little sweaty than go through re-hab from torn calf muscles again.
This never occurred to me! I used to have a pair of long tights but always ran with the zips at the back of the calves undone because I got too hot ... something to think about! I do not want torn calf muscles
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