It’s important to have the right running gear. Whether you’re running in wet weather, winter weather or whatever not-so-perfect conditions your home base experiences, you need to be ready rain or shine. Heavy outfits can weigh you down and slow your time, while wet clothes can quickly become uncomfortable and can also cause chafing.

That’s where layering comes in. When it comes to running in cold weather, layering is based on three main elements:

In unpredictable weather, you’ll probably only want to wear two layers – the full three is usually best reserved for the coldest days of the year.

Layering Up for Frosty Mornings

Heading out for a long run on a cold morning poses two main issues:

So, start off warm with a base and a mid layer and as you get into your run, take a layer off to regulate your body temperature.

Your base layer should therefore be a breathable fabric, with plenty of ventilation so you can avoid overheating once the weather warms up. However you dress, it’s important to build flexibility into your outfit.

Running in the Wind

When you’re running in windy conditions, the increased air resistance means you need to work harder to maintain your pace. This may cause you to sweat more.

But if it’s windy, this will also make you feel colder, too, as the wind hits the moisture on your skin. So your base layer needs to be quick-drying to remove sweat from the skin while your outer layer, or shell, serves as a shield to keep the elements at bay.

Protect Yourself from the Rain

Just like with sweat, the running in the rain can cool you down, but it can also cause uncomfortable chafing.

If rain is in the forecast, your outer layer should be made of a water resistant material like softshell or ripstop. Unlike everyday raincoats, they’re specially designed for running and provide ventilation as well as wicking sweat away from the skin to prevent you from overheating.

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