Winter Running Gear- What to Wear at Every Temperature

 

 

I have mentioned many times that I do most of my training solo.

One advantage of this is that it gives me a lot of time to think.

I often come up with blog post ideas during this time, and a few weeks ago, I was thinking about running in winter and how difficult it can be to find the right winter running gear.

Sure, you can use one of those runners world calculators, that gives you recommendations for winter running, but how about real advice for running in cold weather?

From a real person, who has run many miles in that temperature IN those clothes, not just stepped outside and thought, “hmmm, well this feels like….”

It can be hard to know whether you should dress for the windchill or actual temperature.

I thought it would be helpful to note down what what to wear for cold weather running at each temperature.

This is by no means telling you what to do, but just giving you recommendations on what I find to be the most comfortable at 5 degree differences, so first, you have to know how cold is it in your area.

Now:

I have bad circulation, so you may find you do not need quite as much on your extremities as I do, but hopefully it helps. I don’t really believe there is a too cold to run situation here, but below 10F is probably getting pretty close. My biggest issue is how to keep feet warm during the really cold days, but I have found these Hot Hands Toe Warmers to be life savers.

As Saucony is my sponsor, almost all of my winter run clothes recommendations are for them, and if you use coupon code TINA you can get 10% off, but most brands will have something similar in their cold weather gear section.

That being said, I truly do I love my Saucony apparel, and I genuinely believe they have the best cold weather running gear. I genuinely believe in the direction this brand is going, and I would not choose any other sponsor, even if they were all offered to me.

I have provided links to each of the products I mentioned.

Now, first:

What to wear running if you are working out/running hard

Select the clothing choice as if it were 5-10 degrees F warmer than the actual temperature I state below as you will be much warmer than you would if you were just easy/recovery running.

BUT:

You should try to wear clothes appropriate for the actual temperature it is for your warm up, then when you come to the actual workout, take the layers off, so you are dressed as it is is 5-10F warmer than the actual temperature.

For example:

If it is 45 degrees outside, and you have a tempo run, you should warm up using the 45 degree F recommendations below, but when you start the hard part, you should dress as if it is 50-55 degrees F outside, as you will get hot otherwise!

What to wear when running in the wind

Consider dressing at a temperature that is 5-10 degrees lower than your actual as the wind will cut through your clothing, making you feel colder.

For example:

If it is 50 degrees outside, dress as if it is 40-45 degrees F outside.

Bonus Tip:

Try to run into the wind first, so that you get the hard part out of the way first, and as you are dressed for colder weather, it will feel colder than it is.

That way, on the way back, not only will you have a nice run back with the wind, but you can take off a layer if you need to.

I also have a whole different post with tips on how to run in the wind.

What to wear running in the rain

Obviously a waterproof jacket is ideal, but keep in mind they trap the sweat inside, so you may not end up completely dry!

You should definitely dress at a temperature 5-10 degrees cooler than the actual temperature.  You will get cold much quicker with the rain soaking your clothing, especially if there is any kind of wind.

For example:

If you do not have a waterproof jacket and it is 40 degrees F, dress as if it is 30 degrees F.

If you do have a waterproof jacket, I would dress as if it is 35-40 degrees F.

As I am a glass half full kinda girl, lets start with the warmest.

50 degrees F (10 degrees C)

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45 degrees F (7 degrees C)

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40 degrees F (4 degrees C)

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35 degrees F (2 degrees C)

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30 degrees F (-1 degrees C)

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A runners guide: What to wear for every winter run. This is so helpful to know what the elites wear for each winter run!

25 degrees F (-4 degrees C)

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Below 20 degrees F (-7 degrees C)

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A runners guide: What to wear for every winter run. This is so helpful to know what the elites wear for each winter run!

And there you have it! How to dress in every temperature by Tina Muir.

A runners guide: What to wear for every winter run. This is so helpful to know what the elites wear for every temperature from 50 degrees (10C) to below 20 (-7F) as well as how it changes when running hard or if there is wind.

I now know what to wear on my runs for every temperature this winter, thanks to @tinamuir. Winter Running Guide! Click To Tweet

I also have some extra weather related tips in my Secrets to Success section if any of these help:

10 Tips for Running in the Snow

10 Tips for Training in the Heat

How to Run in Humidity

How to Run in the Wind

Happy Winter Running!

Is it summer where you are?

I also have a what to wear at every temperature in the summer post if that is what you are looking for.

What is your favorite winter running clothing item? Do you dress cooler when you are doing a workout?