Single Digit Running Gear – Baby It’s Super Cold
Wow. That. Was. Cold.
I have to admit, I typically do not run in super cold temperatures. And super cold for this gal is basically anything in the single digits. Today was an exception. When your running buddy comes in from 30 minutes away, you definitely don’t leave her hanging in a dark parking lot when it’s 7 degrees out. That would be uncool.
Actually, five of us showed up to run today, but we were dropping like flies. First, Deborah and I ran an early 3 miles to keep on our marathon schedule for 16 miles. It was cold enough that our eyelashes froze and at one point Deborah and I were cataloging the parts of us that were not cold (my ankles and the top of my head, Deborah’s tummy – we thought it was odd too).
Then, Sandy, LA, and guest dude Mark joined us.
We lost Sandy and Deborah around mile 6 and 9, respectively. Sandy to not needing the distance and Deborah to a cold-induced hamstring strain. Yuck! Then LA required a pussy pickup (thanks Shut Up + Run for that term) a mile or so later after cold induced stomach pains, you’ll see why below). That left MB and Mark to bring it home. MB finishing with 14 miles outside (she did 3 more on a treadmill after) and Mark hopefully with his 13 (MB left Mark at his mile 11).
Again, there have been tons of posts, even charts, about what to wear based on the temperature. But I think this is a very individual decision depending on how long you will be out there and whether you are hot or cold natured. So, how’d we do on our gear choices for this sort of weather? You decide! (Keep in mind it was 7 degrees, but not windy, which makes a huge difference.)
Head: TrailHeads Goodbye Girl Ponytail hat; Brooks Balaclava Mask
Body: Athleta thermal top; Athleta Queens Luscious Half Zip; Nike Element insulated jacket
Legs: Athleta Ski Line Polartech 2 Pants; Lululemon Hot Cheeks skirt; PRO Compression marathon socks
Hands: TrailHeads convertible mittens
Mistakes: I was never too warm, and still had cold body parts, but don’t think I could have handled any more layers.
Head: Nike hat and freaky neck gaiter!
Body: Hottotties base layer shirt; Nike Procombat Dri Fit midlayer shirt; Icebreaker wool coat
Legs: Hottotties base layer tights; Athleta Relay tights; SmartWool socks
Hands: Target fleece mittens
Mistakes: A butt warmer skirt would have been nice, but the Hottotties worked really well – they stayed dry!
It appears that the consensus is THREE upper body layers are needed for this type of weather (not two like LA wore) and either fleece tights or two pairs of lighter tights (not one pair of light tights like LA).
That’s what Sandy’s after-run pile o’ gear ended up having as well:
Head: Saucony skull cap; HeadSweats running cap
Body: Under Armour cold gear mock, Athleta Embodiment top, & Brooks Utopia Thermal Hoodie III
Legs: CW-X compression tights under Pearl Izumi running pants, PRO Compression marathon socks
Hands: Brooks mittens
Mistakes: Sandy seemed fine – other than frozen hair that looked like snow covered pine branches!
For thoughts on “warmer” weather gear at 37 degrees, check out out prior post here.
Oh, and where was Annette you may ask? I’ll let her tell you!
A: Okay I didn’t run. At all. I kind of feel guilty but not really.
KB: I am going to run before dark if you want to join me!
A: Thanks, but I’m going to pass. I still need to go to the grocery, go to petsmart to get stuff for a fish tank. And I’m wearing makeup and my hair is fixed and I want to go to a movie. blah blah blah
MB: Sounds like a lot of lame-O excuses!!
So, for those of you who didn’t wuss out like Annette, how’d you manage single digits?