What to Wear: A Guide for All Conditions

Competitors in a foot race in Galt Gardens
Competitors in a foot race in Galt Gardens

You’ve said it. I’ve said it. Every runner has said it.

It’s 39 degrees and I don’t know what to wear! I’ve forgotten how to dress for this weather … (even though it’s only been a week)

And, you’ve undoubtedly been been given such *helpful* advice as:

  • Dress like it’s 20 degrees warmer than it is
  • Dress in moisture-wicking layers you can easily shed
  • Don’t dress for the start of the run, dress for the middle

I’m not going to tell you what to wear or how to dress. You already KNOW this. (Or, you did.)

What to wear = what you wore the last time you were properly dressed for similar conditions

Your Guide to Dressing for All Conditions

  1. Write it down – the weather and what you wore
  2. Consult your guide when unsure of what to wear

It’s stupidly simple. Do it anyways.

What did you wear on your run today? Start now and write it down.

Trust me, you’ll be glad you did in a week or so when the weather swings again, or when you face a weekend like this:

weather and what to wear

It may take up to a year to create your guide; but, it probably won’t. All you’ll likely need is one winter, with a bit of fall and spring tacked on to either end. And, it’s something you can start using tomorrow.

This isn’t a project. You don’t need to rack your brain trying to recall what you like to wear in what conditions. Just build it as you go.

If you use a cross-platform web app such as Evernote, you’ll always be in a position to both update and consult your guide. (If you don’t have access to a computer, tablet or smartphone (doesn’t even need to be your own), you have bigger issues than what to wear for your run!)

You’ll always know exactly what to wear.