Fresh off the scalding heat and humidity of the summer, suddenly you find that 50 degrees feels like 30. Although considered “ideal” running conditions in the crisp, cool fall air, your body may not be used to the sudden shifts.
Early morning runs may dip into the 30s before reaching 50 or 60 degrees. It’s important to take into consideration wind, rain, sun, clouds, which all have a huge impact on what you wear. Dressing in layers is key so that you can easily strip down when your body warms up during your workout.
What do you wear?
While every body has a different threshold, here’s a basic guideline based on various temperatures:
50°F and Up
Tops: Short-sleeve technical shirt, or consider a tank top if 55°F and up.
Bottoms: Capris or shorts if 40°F and up.
Tops: Short-sleeve technical shirt and arm warmers or thin long-sleeved tech shirt if 45°F and up.
Add: A wicking beanie, thin gloves.
Bottoms: Long pants with socks to cover up any bare skin.
Tops: Two long-sleeve shirts, or a long-sleeve shirt with a thin midlayer and thin jacket, or a heavier version of either, depending on wind chill.
Add: Beanie hat, thicker gloves or mittens.
Bottoms: Brushed, insulated tights or pants made of wind- and water-blocking fabrics.
Tops: Two long-sleeve shirts,a midlayer that zips up, and an insulated jacket. Long socks.
Add: A scarf or “gaiter” around your neck. A warm beanie that covers your ears. Thick gloves or mittens.
Caution is required. You may want to consider going to an indoor gym, especially if there is a layer of ice on the ground.
*Disclaimer: The aforementioned is not to be construed as medical or professional fitness advice. Please always consult the advice of a physician, nutritionist, or other medical personnel before beginning any fitness or nutritional program.