Friday, January 16, 2009

What to Wear Running When It's -4F Outside

Beth had a 30 minute run on her training schedule this morning. Being that school was cancelled for me and I had nowhere to be, I figured it was only right for a husband/training partner/equipment manager to accompany her on the run.

Did I mention that the current reading on the weather channel website says that it's -4 degrees with a windchill of -20? Brrr!

I did at least try to talk her out of going outside. I said, "Wouldn't you rather go over to the YMCA and go on the treadmill since it's just for 30 minutes?" But, she didn't bite on it.

In this type of weather, you need to bundle up. And, if you do it right, it's really tolerable to run outside in this. I'm not saying that it feels like a spring day, but it's not bad.

Here's what I wore for the run:

On the lower body:
1 pair of long socks
1 tight running pants
1 wind pants (over top)

On the upper body (from inside-out):
-Underarmor layer
-Short sleeve t-shirt
-Long sleeve t-shirt
-Thick Steelers hoody (GO STILLERS!)
-Lined wind breaker

On the head:
-Fleece-lined winter hat from Powerbar (thanks Beth!)
-Hood from Steelers hoody
-Fuzzy head band that normally goes over ears, but I used as a cover for my mouth and nose.

On the hands:
-My big, thick snow shoveling gloves

This reminds me of a day over Christmas break back at Penn State right when Beth and I were first dating. She wanted to meet for a run at good old Lynch Field in Greensburg. Like any new boyfriend I couldn't turn down an opportunity to go running, but I was a little hesitant since it was only in the single digits and the wind chill was around zero. It turned out to be a nice (yet cold) run and the rest is history as they say.

Stay warm out there!

4 comments:

Beth said...

Dude - you are TOTALLY doing your own laundry!! What the heck with all those shirts?! :)

ps thanks for running with me at 5 in the morning when it was..um..really cold.. :)

Mira Lelovic said...

I would totally have been on the treadmill. Oh wait, I was! And it was 15 here this morning. Boy, how spoiled I've gotten.

Maijaleena said...

I saw it was 4 degrees this morning and totally wussed out and did tomorrow's bike ride. I used to be tough when I was in hs and in MI and was only a runner. I don't have the clothes to run in this type of weather...

BriGaal said...

I think I had more than that on and it was 20 here when I ran yesterday...I'm really bad at what I'm supposed to wear when it gets cold.