It’s important to plan your outfit for all eventualities so no matter what the weather does, you’re always comfortable and can focus on your performance.
And that’s where layering comes in.
When it comes to tops, layering is based on 3 main elements:
In unpredictable weather, you’ll probably only want to wear 2 layers – the full 3 is usually best reserved for the coldest days of the year.
Heading out for a long run on a cold morning poses 2 main problems:
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, building some flexibility into your outfit is key. If it’s cold, you can start out with a running tube as a scarf. It’s versatile so as you warm it can be converted into a headband or packed away if you no longer need it.
Just like with sweat, the rain can cool you down, not to mention causing discomfort with more chafing when running in wet clothes.
So if rain is 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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