I run in Minneapolis all winter long and
have for several years. Temperature is only one of the important
variables. Wind ... rain/snow ... wind direction ... overcast vs. sunny
will all affect the clothing choice.
If I were running, I would aim for the mid-range temperature, ie., dress
for the mid 30's, or even upper 30's. At that temperature I will wear
tights (not spandex type, Hill sports; they're coolmax I think, so they
wick the sweat away.) And a polypro or coolmax long sleeve top. Under 30
degrees I wear a long sleeve T-shirt and a short sleeve T-shirt. Unless it
is snowing hard, snow is not a problem (except for slippery traction.)
Rain is a serious problem because it sucks the heat out of your body. At
the anticipated temperatures, if it is likely to rain, I would wear a short
sleeve t-shirt under my wind breaker; it's rain repellant. Cotton gloves
should be warm enough. Some people wear cheap gardening gloves so they
have the option of tossing them when their hands are warm. At the Twin
Cities marathon (38 degrees at the start,) I wore an old pair of socks and
tossed them at the 8 mile mark. Another strategy - it ain't pretty, but it
works. Take a plastic leaf bag, make holes for head and arms, and wear
this at the start. It is lightweight and completely water proof, but a
little awkward especially in the wind. In May at a half marathon in the
rain and wind, temps in the low 40's, several people ran in leaf bags most
of the way.
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