Sounds like I'm a similar pace to you Debra - 3:46 in my last marathon.
I really feel the cold in my hands - so long as I keep them warm the rest of me is usually okay. Standard winter gear is shorts, thermal long-sleeve top, gilet and gloves (ski mitts if very cold).
OP was talking about summer though, for which I am convinced waterproofs are not only unnecessary, but probably a hindrance.
exiled claret: well, since the OP was already taking about wearing a (bulky) waterproof, I thought I'd recommend a lighter one!
I agree with you that, when it's warm enough, wearing a waterproof just means getting hot and (however breathable the jacket) wet from the inside out, sooner or later, so a lightweight windproof jacket (e.g. Montane Marathon Jacket) or a gilet, as you say, is sufficient. But I've found that in colder conditions the Minimus can make all the difference between being fine and being really miserable. And I was also thinking about running out on the moors etc. because temperatures on top of exposed hills can be quite cool (e.g. I've been in the Lake District on clear days when it was 20+ in the valleys and 0 C (including windchill) on the tops).
touie2: sympathies; that sort of cold is no fun. After GMM, once my stepmother had helped me put on three top layers and a pair of trousers, it still took 40 mins for me to warm up enough to be able to walk to the car, and another 20 mins (with the heater on full blast) to stop shivering. None of us had expected those conditions at the end of April (even in Manchester, she adds, before someone else does).
Love the rain. It's just a cooler version of the shower you will have when you get back.
You are bang on about society programming us - the roads around the school just up from me are absolutely ridiculous with cars the moment there is the slightest drop of rain!!!!
Notice it's just the women complaining about getting wet?
Not feeling the rain on my head or face makes me feel like it's not raining (much).
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