As a beginner in the field of running and living in Sweden, with my first 5K run for just some month ago, I was a bit troubled about if I should manage any runs at all through the wintertime, and how to run in the cold.
Here the temperature is usually between 0°C (32°F) and -20°C (-4°F) or so in wintertime.
Most usual tips
So I did a little bit of reading earlier this winter.
The most usual tips seem to be to dress in layers, but not to put too many clothes on because it gets warmer than you believe. And not to forget that you still can be dehydrated also in cold weather.
How to use layers
Recommendations showed up saying that a good way to dress in layers is:
- to have something with a synthetic or functional fabric closest to the body, that keeps you dry when you get warm.
- As the last layer have a wind/rain stopping fabric.
- And in between those two layers, you can have another fabric as isolation.
How I been dressing for my winter runs
I have since then been running in temperatures down to about -13°C (8-9°F) without any bigger problem. Usually, I have been wearing:
- Upper body – layers (older clothes I had in the closet before I start to run)
– Tank top in functional fabric
– Longsleeved underwear in fleece fabric
– Thin jacket in wind stopping fabric
– My SOC M GAIT WARM PT trousers (I got in Christmas gift)
– Running socks
– my ASICS running shoes
– and depending on road condition most often my ice grippers
- Other (bought in local store)
– Head: Toque in functional fabric
– Neck: BUFF in fleece
– Hands: Gloves in functional fabric
Keep warm after the run
I usually run with start and stop at home. Or in other cases with my car parked, and ready for just 5 min drive back home when finished. So I haven’t felt that I had any problem with getting too cold after my runs. But if you not that close to getting inside right away after your run, you probably also should think of extra clothes to put on when the run is over.
Have you been running in minus degrees too? Do you dress in layers too then? Would love to learn how you handle the winter temperatures, so please drop a comment below to share your experiences.