Sunday, November 27, 2011

What to Wear Running: 40 Degrees in Minnesota

Temp: 41 degrees F (~5C)
Wind: 7 mph
Humidity/Precip: moderate, cold mist
Distance: 1.5 miles
Terrain: Hilly

What I Wore: Puma shorts and full-length singlet under a mid-weight, long-sleeve top.

Did It Work: Sorta. I was afraid of being cold because I hadn't packed for 40 degrees. But, the immediate hill workout combined with the singlet warmed up my core.

What Could Have Been Better: This top doesn't breathe, which was good because it didn't let the wind in, but is bad when things heat up. Ideally, I would have had a mid-weight top that breathes, which would have been a little cooler at first, but kept my body temp more even later in the run. Based on the pinkness of my hands in this photo, I probably could have used some light gloves.
For more than 15 minutes outside, I would recommend a light hat or ear band.

Thank you, Minnesota, for reminding me how refreshing a cool-weather run can be. Being out in that kind of weather felt great, inside and out.