Wednesday, October 8, 2008

I know better.

Oh, this cool weather running. I should know how to handle it by now. After all, I've lived in upstate New York for the greater portion of my life: College in Massachusetts, seven years in the Big Apple but, otherwise, I've been here. Right here, living through the seasons, understanding how they work. Knowing that the October weather can as easily call for a tank top as it can a down coat.

And yet --

Even with this knowledge ingrained in me, I cannot dress for cool weather runs.

I know this: You should dress for temperatures that are 15-20 degrees warmer than it is.

And this: Cotton t-shirts should be banned from a runner's wardrobe.

However, I do this: I pull on cotton yoga pants and a cotton long-sleeved t-shirt before heading out for a run in 59 degree weather.

I know better. I do it anyway. And I can explain.

Today was a glorious (and I don't use that word lightly) fall day. The leaves here are slowly changing and the sun seemed to catch every one of them at the perfect angle, reflecting glistening reds, oranges, yellows and greens. It was color and sun all around. The temperature hovered in the mid-to-high 60s, until the sun started to go down and took the warm temps with it.

It was then that I got a chill. When I got home from a full day of being out, the house was cold. In the two hours between getting home and getting ready for my run, I couldn't warm up. So, when I dressed for my run, I did so foolishly. I put on the low-tech, weather-inappropriate gear.

The first five minutes of the run were great. And then I started to sweat. And sweat some more. And feel really warm. Too bad I hadn't thought to layer. Too bad my t-shirt was water-absorbing cotton. Too bad my yoga pants were so wrong for a run that I don't even have words to describe them.

Lesson learned yet again. For my next run, I will be smarter. I will put my experience to good use.

At least, I hope I will.

9 comments:

Jessica said...

I am so happy that I am not the only one who has done this! I too am guilty of not dressing for the weather even when I know better after years of 'lesson learned'. It is just so hard to imagine yourself warm, when it is so chilly! This is my little devil as I am getting the running clothes out while shivering.

carla said...

Sorry you were chilled but THANKS for the cool weather tips.

I've been in TX too long....

MizFit

Marcy said...

I have probs with this as well. I'm always under or overestimating how hot I'm going to feel out there.

tfh said...

Glad I am not the only one prone to this. My excuse is that I run right after waking up and how am I supposed to feel like running unless I'm in comfy cotton clothes? Today I definitely ran in cotton yoga pants, and I definitely ended up looking like I'd wet my pants. You're right: so wrong.

*aron* said...

eeek that doesnt sound fun. i havent really gotten to this yet, i am still running in a tank top and shorts :)

The Happy Runner said...

aron -- you are SO lucky! I'm jealous...

The Laminator said...

Yes, I've done that so many times before that it's not even mentioning. Nowadays I tell myself, if I'm chilled, or even a little cold, but not shivering, by the time I reach the end of the block, then I'm prefectly dressed.
But it's still hard to gauge sometimes.

BeachRunner said...

Ah the beautiful fall colors. The right duds are ohhh soooo important as the temps fluctuate. I am still learning this.

Vava said...

I can't seem to dress for the weather either. I bought a new pair of running pants and a moisture wicking top that should help in that department though. Good luck with future attire tests!

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