:-) Suzette - I hate the cold weather (even though I live in PA), so I'm glad I'm not the only one! Congrats on doing the half marathon! That's so funny that you had to have your friends dress you!
I wanted to give you all an update on the 5K. I completed it in 30 min., 29 sec. I was actually hoping to go a little faster but I wasn't prepared to run up a 1 km hill! I was really happy overall with my time though. The weather was beautiful! It was in the 40's, so once I got running I warmed up quite a bit. There wasn't a cloud in the sky, so no snow or rain!! Thank you again everyone for your help!
I live in Idaho and have run in all kinds of weather.. I usually have a max of 2 layers. Lightweight wicking shirt and Underarmour on top of that. I have pants that have a light fleece in the rear end and when it's under 40, I wear capris under the pants. Gloves for sure, visor (to keep the sun, rain, snow and sweat off my face) and a headband to cover my ears. The coldest temp I've run in is 12 degrees F. I had a jacket over the 2 layers and hand warmers in my gloves. At 33 with a chance of rain, I would likely wear the 2 layers on top and bottom and take a light jacket I can tie around my waist. Also, if you're pretty sure it's going to rain, you may want to bring a dry shirt, shoes and socks to change into after. I never do but sometimes wish I had haha! Good luck!!!
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If you do find that you have overdressed, you can always peel layers. Head bands and gloves can go into your jacket pockets. The jacket itself can be taken off and using the sleeves, tied around your waist.
I also run in temps much colder than you describe, so I would be out there in capris - joyful at the above-freezing temps!
I'm from MI and run outside in all kinds of crazy weather. For your conditions, I will normally wear a pair capri length running tights, a lightweight long sleeve wicking shirt, a lightweight jacket and gloves. My gloves will come off after half mile and and jacket gets tied around my waist at around mile 2. I can put the jacket back on if I get cold from the rain or if I get too warm, I can pull my shirt sleeves up to my elbows.
Good luck on your race and let us know how you do!
Generally, the recommendation is to dress as if it were 20 degrees warmer than it is. So what would you wear if it was 53 out and you were just going for a casual stroll? The rain makes it trickier though. If you can, you want a water resistant outer layer, even if it's just a wicking short sleeved shirt worn as a "vest." Note, water-resistant, not water-proof. That stuff just gets hot and sweaty. You will probably want a hat to keep the rain out of your eyes as well.
If it were me, I'd be wearing shorts, a wicking long-sleeved shirt, and a hat, possibly with a short-sleeve shirt layered for extra water-protection. But I run when it's considerably colder han 40-45 out so I'm probably not a very good model for you to follow.
Good luck with your race.
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Definitely layer but make sure it is wicking material. I ran this morning in 18. I have on a compression shirt (Kohls clearance!) another wicking shirt over that (kinda like a t shirt weight) and a hoodie.
I have compression tights and a pair of wind resistant pants over that.
cloves and a bondi band (head band)
Halfway thru the run, I unzipped the hoodie 1/2 way. 3/4 of the way thru the run, I unzipped the hoodie the rest of the way and I was fine.
Do you have a walmart or target by you? Danskin has products there that will work. Do not wear cotton unless it's a top layer you can take off, like before the start.
Have a great time!
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I'm running my first ever 5K this Saturday. I'm new to running, and I've been doing most of my running on the treadmill when it's cold and have gone outside only when it's warm (above 40-45) . The forecast says it will be 39 degres but will feel like 33 with a 60% chance of rain. I swear I'm cold blooded and I get cold pretty easily, but I know I'll get heated up halfway though once I start running. I don't have any underamour or anything like that, and I live in the boonies so the only stores where I could get new clothes are W.-M. or Penney's. Any suggestions on what to wear? Do people wear layers when they run or does that get too warm?
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