Friday, September 30, 2011

Dressing For A Cold Race

When I checked the hourly forecast for Sunday's half marathon, my jaw almost hit the ground when I saw the temperature at the start line would be 37 degrees.

race-day-weather

Wow! What happened to fall?

Don't get me wrong, running in cooler weather is obviously ideal, I was just expecting maybe low 50's at the start instead of a few degrees away from freezing.

So now I have no idea what to wear the race.

My original plan was my booty shorts and a tank -- my go-to outfit for summer and fall races.

5K finish

But that plan won't work anymore.

I don't remember how to dress for colder races since I haven't had to do it for months. It's obviously not cold enough to break out my running tights and Under Armour cold gear, but it's too cold for tank tops.

I'm thinking maybe my best best is to wear the outfit I wore in the Cherry Blossom 10 Miler. If I remember correctly, it was pretty chilly at the start that day and then warmed up nicely.

Emily, Emily, and Jess

I wore my Under Armour compression capris, a tank top and a long sleeve tech top.

Half way through the race I took off the long sleeves and tied the shirt around my waist. Not sure if I'll need to do that this time or not, but at least it's an option. Plus, the extra layer will help keep me warmer at the start line.

I'm also planning to bring a pair of throw-away gloves and my ear warmer.

I'm not sure if the outfit will be perfect, but given the cold snap we're getting, I think it will work, although I'm very open to suggestions if you have them!

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