Winter Running- What to Wear at Every Temperature

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!

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 how difficult it can be to dress appropriately for winter running.

I thought it would be helpful to note down what is comfortable for each temperature. This is by no means telling you what to do, instead just giving you recommendations on what I find to be the most comfortable at 5 degree differences. 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.

As Saucony is my sponsor, almost all of my recommendations are for them. I am sure the other brands make similar products, but I love my Saucony apparel, so I would definitely recommend them to you. I have provided links to each of the products I mentioned.

A few important notes

If you are working out/running hard

Select the clothing choice that is 5-10 degrees F cooler than the actual temperature as you will be much warmer than you would if you were just easy/recovery running.

That being said, you should try to wear clothes appropriate for the temperature it actually is for the warm up, then when you come to the actual workout, take the layers off to be 5-10 degrees cooler than the actual temperature.

For example: If it is 45 degrees outside, and you have a tempo run, you should warm up using the 40 degree F recommendations below, but when you start the hard part, you should dress as if it is 45-50 degrees F outside, as you will get hot otherwise!

If there is a strong 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.

If it is raining

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 degrees F.

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

50 degrees F (10 degrees C)

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

45 degrees F (7 degrees C)

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

40 degrees F (4 degrees C)

 

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

35 degrees F (2 degrees C)

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

30 degrees F (-1 degrees C)

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)

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

Below 20 degrees F (-7 degrees C)

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.

Please do not laugh at my color combinations, anyone who knows me will tell you that I am not exactly a fashionista! To make it even easier for you, here is a nice, easy, pinnable (please help me share it) picture. This post took me a LONG time, and I hope you find it very helpful 🙂

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

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! If summer is coming for you, make sure you check out my summer version of what to wear at every temperature!

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