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Kim1612 Amateur 17 posts since
Apr 10, 2011
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Sep 6, 2011 4:01 AM

how to dress?

this might be a stupid question, but since its getting alittle cooler outside how should I dress when I run?  Running in the morning fits my schedule but I could run in the evening if I had too.

I don't want to get sick from being warm/hot then cold after you run.




  • Kristy in NC Pro 134 posts since
    Feb 14, 2011
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    1. Sep 6, 2011 4:14 AM (in response to Kim1612)
    Re: how to dress?

    Runner's World has a "what should I wear when I run" section that you can input temp, conditions, etc and it will give you advice.   Try this link

    Kristy in NC

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  • PaintingLady Legend 906 posts since
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    2. Sep 6, 2011 4:52 AM (in response to Kristy in NC)
    Re: how to dress?

    Jeff Galloway's site has a great guide for this.

    You will find what you are comfortable with.  Keep in mind that you do warm up very quickly, so it is easy to overdress & therefore overheat.


    60 degrees +: tank top or singlet and shorts
    50-59 degrees: T-shirt and shorts
    40-49 degrees: long sleeved T, shorts or tights or wind pants, sock                or mittens and gloves
    30-39 degrees: long sleeved T and T-shirt, tights and shorts, socks                or mittens or gloves, and hat over ears
    20-29 degrees: Polypro top or thick long sleeved T, another T-shirt                layer, tights and shorts, mittens or gloves, and hat over ears.
    10-19 degrees: Polypro top and thick long long sleeved T, tights                and shorts, wind suit (top and pants), thick mitten, thick hat over                ears.
    0-9 degrees: Two polypro tops, thick tights and shorts (and thick                underwear or supporter for men), Gore-Tex or similar thickness warm-up,                gloves and thick mittens, ski mask and hat over ears, and Vaseline                covering any exposed skin.
    minus 15 to minus 1: Two thick Polypro tops, tights and thick polypro                tights and thick underwear (and supporter for men), thick warm-up,                gloves, thick (arctic) ski mask and thick hat over ears, Vaseline                covering any exposed skin, thicker socks on feet and other measures                for feet, as needed.
    minus 20 and below: Add layers as needed. Stay in touch with the                outdoor and ski shops for the warmest clothing which is thin. Watch                your feet. There are some socks which heat up...and other innovations.

    Note: There are only recommendations; use the combination of layers                which works best for you.

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  • dwm082 Community Moderator 1,063 posts since
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    3. Sep 6, 2011 5:26 AM (in response to Kim1612)
    Re: how to dress?

    The recommendations above are great places to start. If you're looking for general "rules of thumb," some folks say that you should dress as if it's 20°F warmer than it actually is. If you tend to run hot (like I do), you might adjust that to 25-30°F warmer. If you hate being cold more than anything in the universe, you might adjust that to 15°F.


    For me, I'm wearing a t-shirt and shorts until it gets below 45°F. Between 44°F and 35°F, I'm looking at a long-sleeve t-shirt and shorts. Below 35°F, and it depends on whether or not it's snowing.



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  • mkayc Legend 582 posts since
    Jun 8, 2011
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    4. Sep 6, 2011 6:44 AM (in response to PaintingLady)
    Re: how to dress?

    I was really interested in this, too. Thanks!  Good to see I don't have to pack all my shorts away and buy new long pants, just long sleeve Ts. Has anyone found gloves they really like? It was 62 here yesterday and the one thing I noticed was my hands were freezing most of the run. It would be nice to be able to fool with my iPod when it has problems.

    Mary Kay

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    PRs: 5k - 36:42; 8k - 1:10; 4.15 m - 53.41; 10k - 1:18; HM - 2:56:31

    I may be slow but I'm persistant.

    Goals: 5k under 30 min.; HM under 2 hr.; AG award in the USAF HM! and one full marathon.

    It won't be easy but it will be worth it!

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