I am a better runner during the winter cold months i admit, but i am also human so i need layers, but the trouble is, i still overcook. If you can get through that first few miles where your body temperature warms up, and then you can get away with wearing just a t-shirt and shorts. But its the starting off. The gloves, layers, which kind of rules you. Some people need to keep these layers, and i feel the cold terribly to begin with, but then my body changes. I dont know what the solution is, except for wearing layers that can be removed, i.e a jacket you can tie around your waist. I tend to gloves which have the cut offs. They are useful.
Anyone else had similar problems?
Never bother with gloves - I like to run with my hands up my sleeves if its that cold to begin with. Hats are always too hot for me too.
And if you're running with shorts and teeshirt when its zero degrees - what do you wear when its a baking hot summer and 20 degrees eh ?
You could wear a light rain jacket to keep the windchill off and unzip it when warm? They'll bundle up into the palm of your hand these days too.
Better to start cold and warm up as you run. The only problem with that is it really knocks the motivation to go out when it's freezing cold. I always regret wearing too much though. Maybe circuits that take you past your house again after a mile or two, so that you can just shed a layer are the answer.
Overdress in winter. It prepares you for summer.
It is easy to pull a muscle in cold weather so warm up is essential. In winter I usually warm up on exercise bike, do a variety of other exercises, lunges, heel raises and star jumps and head out of the door warm. I got injured last year after going out unwarmed, now I know better. I don't bother with hats or gloves but I do always run in a baseball cap, old and worn but my lucky one all the same. I wear a jacket and then tie it round my waist if necessary. I may weat a buff on my neck if very windy but trouble is I get too warm and then have to store it in jacket pocket so don't really bother with these.
I never wear a hat, I get too hot, but I wear a thin fleece earband to keep my ears warm. If I start to get hot, I find pushing the bottom of it up a bit to reveal my ear lobes is enough to cool me down a bit.
I also start out with thin fleece gloves on, but they usually end up stuffed down my tights after a few miles.
Get yourself a chest freezer - 10 mins in that prior to going out should make the outside temperature feel positively warm! (Obviously I am only joking - any children reading this don't climb inside a freezer..)
I wear nice warm tights and a long sleeve top. Occasionally thin gloves but I'd rather be really cold to start as I soon warm up and I can't be arsed with carrying redundant kit. Or you could try moving somewhere warmer for the winter! (Who says birds are stupid?)
stuffing stuff down your tights is indeed the way to go, as Wilkie points out. but probably down the back, rather than the front, to avoid a Spinal Tap style bulge.
I always pile the layers on before leaving (especially in the dark) I always regrest it but I am not sure I would get out the door when that initial cold hits.
"Better to start cold and warm up as you run."
+1 with that. on my -3C run this morning I wore a pair of lycra shorts (commando), long sleeve top, windproof front gilet, hat and gloves. doesn't seem a lot and sure I was chilly to start with but 40mins later when I got home I was very warm and instantly started sweating as soon as I walked in the house. only bit that was still chilly was my fingertips
I always overheat/sweat loads. But my hands always get cold, so usually have one, sometimes two pairs of them on.Other than that its shorts all year round (me and a guy at the club have a theory that it stems from football days- shorts all winter). If its really cold I'll swap my short sleeves for long sleeves. I reckon once, perhaps twice (at a push) each year do I need more than one layer (short sleeve drifit over long sleeved version)As cougie points out its more or less than what I wear in summer, I just sweat twice as much then!
I wear a long-sleeved top over a short sleeved one if it's very cold, and tights rather than shorts, but I don't wear a lot of layers.
I rarely feel cold while running, but in very, very cold weather, my bum goes numb sometimes
I think I must be getting softer as I get older and have moved further north. Previously, I would go out in shorts, base layer, light jacket, hat and gloves. Now, I wouldnt entertain the thought of going out unless I have my thermal leggings on under my long tights, a thermal baselayer, another long sleeved running top, jacket, snood, hat and gloves. It really can be grim up north, what a southern wuss I really must be
I tend to wear 3/4 leggings/running tights all year round as I love how comfortable they are. When it's really cold I just wear a long sleeved top and a windproof gilet. Generally after the first 5 or 10 minutes I warm up. However, my hands do get cold, so a lightweight pair of gloves is essential. Always wear a lightweight cap, summer or winter - it's mainly habit but stops my hair blowing about and out of my face.
Maybe I'm odd, but I LOVE running in the cold and I don't mind the rain either. Can't stand running in the heat - maybe I should have been an eskimo?!?!?!
Unzippable upper layer, with deep pockets.
Shorts in all weathers.
I also get too hot when I layer up in the cold - legs are ok in tights, but I find my top half overheats, and wanting to strip down to sports bra even in the cold (I don't, as there are kids and old people using the path I run )
I recently read on here about using a base layer, so I might give that a go - one with long sleeves to cover my hands too (not usually a problem, being a shortie!)
shorts, short sleeve running top (long sleeve if it's truly freezing) and gloves, that I pop in my waistband once i'm warmed up. anything more and I overheat. And yes I wilt when i'm running in the summer. Anything much more than 20 degrees kills me.
Its nice to know that i am not the only one. Thanks for all your comments so far. I am doing a run tomorrow. Nice long one, in line with my marathon training. Will wear t-shirt and shorts, but with a top i can tie around my waist.
I am an all year runner, like so many of us. You dont stop because of the weather. You just adjust what you wear accordingly.
Ronhill do a jacket that rolls up into a stuffsack with a belt, then you put the belt on. all very neat.
The problem I do have is steam rising up the front of my T-shirt and misting my specs.
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