Dressing appropriately for the conditions is important for any trail runner. My suggestion is always to prepare for the conditions as they are as well as for what they may become.
This morning in my home city of Colorado Springs the temps were in the low teens. This was before adding the wind chill. It was also lightly snowing with a dusting just covering the ground. The snow was dry and sparkled like ice crystals floating from the sky. On my deck the fluffy powder looked like laundry suds or instant mashed potatoes…or for those of you from the 60s, like the white flaky powdered Carnation Instant milk in a box.
I run in all kinds of climates and I still take time to plan my apparel choices. Today I labored about what to wear to stay warm for my 90+ minute scheduled run, yet not sweat because I overdressed. Having just received two pairs of CWX conditioning tights last week from CWX, our newest Teva US Mountain Running Team sponsor…I opted to give the insulated pair a try. Last week I ran in the lighter tight and found them to fit like a glove. Besides that, they looked sleek and fast! I pulled on the skin fitting tights, lightweight pair of socks, shoes, SmartWool short sleeve top (awesome wicking qualities), Polypro long sleeve (more wicking), jacket, headband, neck warmer, gloves, and sunglasses.
I ran from my house to the park to meet my friend Gina. It's about 15 minutes on the pavement with nice ups and downs – good for a warm up. I arrived at the park to see Gina bundled up in her car awaiting my arrival. Gina got out of the car and exclaimed how cold it was. I agreed, but told her that she didn't need two jackets for the run. I said that it would feel a bit cold at first, but within 10 minutes she'd feel somewhat toasty. We headed off on the grass to meet up with single track for the remainder of our hour-plus run. Sure enough, 10 minutes into the run Gina was warm although she did note that her legs (covered in an insulated tight) were a bit cold. I told her that my legs were so warm in my CWX tights and that she should invest in a pair. Not only are they comfortable as can be, they seem to massage the muscle groups and support the muscles where they need support – hence the conditioning properties of the tight. Here I am pictured at this year's Outdoor Retail show with the CWX model.
Gina and I marveled at the beauty of the park with its fresh layer of snow. There was a bit of blue sky, but Pikes Peak was shrouded in a foggy cloud cover. We both decided that in spite of the cold, it was a glorious day for a run!