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Let's talk about clothes!
I'm sure we've had posts like this before, but why not:

Here in Baltimore, the weather is turning, there are dead leaves on the ground, and school is so in session that yesterday I gave my students a midterm. (Which they completely and utterly rocked!) That means its fall, and winter comes after fall, and that means the return of cool weather running!

I love running in the fall, and I grew to love running in the winter after I got myself some good cold weather running clothes. So, my question for y'all is: what is your preferred getup for running in the cold? I know what works for me, but I'm curious about what everyone else wears to run. What about running in the fall? How does your outfit change based on the seasons?

I hate running in shorts and I've never found a tank top I liked running in, so my go-to outfit this summer has been capris and a wicking t-shirt. I have two pairs of capris--a pair of black Asics and a pair of pink C9 (Target brand) looser capris. I have three t-shirts--one gray cotton-in-appearance tech t-shirt from Under Armor, a C9 same fabric gray t-shirt that says "Phys Ed Department", and a black Nike tech fabric t-shirt that says Hopkins Football on it. 

I'll continue to wear the same clothes, but my first add -on will be these  C9 pullovers I bought last year: I have three  and they cost me ten dollars each and are super warm when I first put them on but wick away sweat AND magically get less warm as I get warmer.  They feel almost fleece-like. I have them in pink, green and black. Then I'll add running tights underneath my capris. And, when it gets really cold in Baltimore (you know, that whole week), I have a royal blue warm compression shirt thing from Target. 

And of course I have my warm Baltimore Ravens branded ear-band. Sometimes I try to run in gloves, but it doesn't work. I can't handle running in gloves, hats, or with things around my waist. 

I also have a yellow rain shell from the half-marathon I ran; it's very light so it either  goes over everything else or it doesn't make me any hotter when it's warm. 

Obviously I would highly recommend the C9 Target athletic wear--it's cheap and I've found the quality to be as high as any of my other athletic clothes. The only item of running clothes that has "worn out" has been an expensive Under Armor shirt. 

I know y'all love to show off yourselves, so feel free to post pictures of yourself in running clothes! This is the best recent picture I have of myself in running clothes, and I got distracted before the 1, 2,3 thing on my macbook went off. The beer is NOT part of the running getup:

I can't get my picture to embed. Oooops.
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fractal_rainbow From: fractal_rainbow Date: September 30th, 2009 09:14 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm a cheapskate. Aldi and Lidl capris, shorts and tights and t-shirts from races tend to make up the majority of my running wardrobe.

It doesn't really get *insanely* cold in Ireland (lowest temperature I ran in last winter was -3C, about 22F) so I don't need an awful lot of winter-specific gear. During the winter, I tend to wear long-sleeved t-shirts, usually with another t-shirt or a vest top under them, tights or (if it's mild) capris, a hat and gloves and if it's windy I'll throw on a light rain jacket too.

This is me chasing down the M70 winner at the last 10k I did (on 12 September)...
back_track From: back_track Date: September 30th, 2009 09:17 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm a cheapskate too--everything in my running wardrobe that's NOT Target was bought on sale. The one expensive thing I own--a pair of 70 dollar running tights by Craft--my father bought me to show that he now loves me because I run. :D

Also: grrr I want Ireland's weather. I'm all about losing the insane heat and humidity of Baltimore, and that's what it sounds like to me.
insane_bassist From: insane_bassist Date: September 30th, 2009 09:43 pm (UTC) (Link)
omfg I want to post pictures of all the cool matching Maryland stuff I have but it wouldn't do it justice if I took a self-portrait. Maybe as a break from my paper later, I'll just take pictures of the clothes. EVERYTHING IS SO CUTE
supermanz From: supermanz Date: September 30th, 2009 11:02 pm (UTC) (Link)
tick_tocktopus From: tick_tocktopus Date: September 30th, 2009 10:07 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm pretty much a capris and tshirt girl, too. In winter (Dec-Feb) I swap out my capris for long tights and my short sleeve tshirt for a long sleeve tshirt. If it's really cold I'll put my wind shell jacket over the top. The sleeves zip off and I mostly wear it without, like a gilet.
back_track From: back_track Date: September 30th, 2009 11:33 pm (UTC) (Link)
ilp From: ilp Date: September 30th, 2009 10:17 pm (UTC) (Link)
I really like all the tech fabric gear. I don't like running in cotton things...

Here's one setup:


I'm too modest and not fast enough to justify shorter shorts, love the knee-length ones.

I get back to running in the first week of December, just in time for snow. For that, I have a pair of Adidas Clima365 trackpants. I think they will do the trick, as I ran in them in 45 degree weather before. If not, I will try buying a pair of "cold" or "thermal" running shorts.

Long-sleeve tech shirts that I have will hopefully do the trick for the winter.

I also found the C9 Target stuff to be of nice quality and cheap! As long as you're being cheap, I've had great luck with tech shirts at TJ Maxx. I've been able to buy some nice Nike, Reebok, etc tech shirts for $8-12. Not so much luck with shorts at that store though.
ilp From: ilp Date: September 30th, 2009 10:20 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oops, I meant "cold" or "thermal" running *PANTS*.

Also, I am on the right in that photo... (darker blue shirt)
beetlequeen From: beetlequeen Date: September 30th, 2009 10:34 pm (UTC) (Link)

I'm about to go running. Grabbed the camera and took a goofy shot. Bustin' out the Bondi Bands! HOLLA! :P
supermanz From: supermanz Date: September 30th, 2009 11:03 pm (UTC) (Link)
That is both hilarious and awesome :)
sweet_tea79 From: sweet_tea79 Date: September 30th, 2009 10:56 pm (UTC) (Link)
Boooo! No picture!!
mmmontserrat From: mmmontserrat Date: September 30th, 2009 11:12 pm (UTC) (Link)
Hi BackTrack,
I used the link but your HTML code isn't working. Cute outfit!

I'm the opposite. I have running clothes that I won't tell you how old they are and seemed like an expensive set: Moving Comfort Running Shorts, Hind Arctic Tights and long-sleeved top, caps, gore-tex, gloves...but if I handwash instead of machine washing...sometimes I just jump into the shower with it all and let it soak in hot water in the tub, but the machine washer wrings it out too much and loses some of it's durability. Wicking t-shirts and socks I have to buy more often but I rarely throw the high tech stuff into the washing machine. It doesn't get very cold here but I'm a wuss when it comes to wind and cold.

and sorry no photos to post. maybe soon I'll snap one for ya!
mmmontserrat From: mmmontserrat Date: September 30th, 2009 11:14 pm (UTC) (Link)
oops I meant to say that I won't tell you how much I spend on running clothes but most of my stuff has lasted decades.
intotheheart From: intotheheart Date: September 30th, 2009 11:21 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'll admit, I love love lululemon's new run gear lineup.


It's expensive, but amazing.
back_track From: back_track Date: September 30th, 2009 11:37 pm (UTC) (Link)
If I had more money to throw around, I'd totally be all over lululemon and that new store by the Gap, Athleta. But I don't. :(
supermanz From: supermanz Date: September 30th, 2009 11:32 pm (UTC) (Link)
This is a crappy cell phone picture of me in my standard long run gear. All of it (well, minus the shoes, although we all know I do a fair bit of my long runs barefoot as well so not completely inaccurate). Those are my Brooks Infiniti shorts and they are the greatest shorts I have ever owned, BY FAR.

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This is me, post speed work last spring:

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Whenever possible, I like to run shirtless because it's more comfortable and doesn't make my nipples bleed! I also have some tech shirts (Brooks & Life is Good are my favs), and that bandana is a staple lately, because it keeps the sweet outta my eyes.
supermanz From: supermanz Date: September 30th, 2009 11:32 pm (UTC) (Link)
Holy enormous picture Batman! Eh, whatever, I'm too lazy to fix it.
seekingsummits From: seekingsummits Date: September 30th, 2009 11:58 pm (UTC) (Link)
Sometimes I throw a pair of regular cheap tights under my running shorts. I do own a nice running jacket that's water and wind proof. With rain/snow it's typically either shorts/tights or my ONE pair of running pants with a wicking-sportsbra tank and the running jacket. Sometimes instead of the jacket I'll throw on a long sleeved t-shirt. Sometimes a hat if water is obnoxious.

): I have no photos of me in running clothes as of late. TRAGIC.
druiaen From: druiaen Date: October 1st, 2009 12:14 am (UTC) (Link)
Target-shopping-Maryland-runners rock on! I went to Target Saturday and found another pair of cheap C9 polyester pants, on sale for 10 bucks. Wore them tonight, they're good weather-wise and they're nice and loose (you couldn't pay me to go outside in shorts), sometimes I put a pair of spandex capris on underneath my pants. I threw on a sweatshirt over my C9 tshirt but that wasn't really necessary, I got pretty toasty and unzipped it half way through. I need some kind of long-sleeved item, the sweatshirt is obviously a poor choice and the only other thing I have is a Pearl Izumi windbreaker.

It was, what, in the 50s an hour ago when I was out and to me that is already bordering on freezing cold. Doesn't help that I have Raynaud's Disease but still... brr!
back_track From: back_track Date: October 1st, 2009 12:23 am (UTC) (Link)
Ha, I wore a hoodie, skirt, tights, and boots to the grocery store just now. I don't have Raynaud's Disease but I like fall clothes.
meganleigh85 From: meganleigh85 Date: October 1st, 2009 12:31 am (UTC) (Link)
In spring through Fall I usually wear some tshirt that is baggy and then knee length or longer pants/shorts... But I only started really running pretty much this year I have yet to run outside in winter not sure I could do it... but I'd probably look funny all in huge puffy layers and can hardly move :) I live in minnesota though and it gets way too cold sometimes I think once or twice its gotten to -40F (My car doesn't start in that cold either)
phantasmagora From: phantasmagora Date: October 1st, 2009 01:50 am (UTC) (Link)
Unfortunately, Target gear never seems to work for me. It never really fits right and bunches in weird places. Also, they never seem to have lined shorts with a key pocket. :/

Old Navy has been working pretty well for me, as far as cheap workout stuff is concerned. I’ve gotten lined/pocketed shorts for $10-$15 and some pretty good racer back tops for cheap there.

I used to wear capris/spandex-pants but had to give them up. I got creeped out/irritated by the associated camel toe/VPL and associated issues (ahem…thongs + working out = not good). I think I like the short better anyways. :P
clmcormick From: clmcormick Date: October 1st, 2009 02:54 am (UTC) (Link)
I do shorts and a long-sleeved t-shirt down to 45*. After that I break out my Under Armour tights that I totally adore. When it's in the 30s or lower I do the tights, a Under Armour-like long-sleeved turtleneck (knock off brand used by law enforcement) and a long-sleeved t-shirt over that. If it's super cold, I'll do gloves and a stocking cap. This has stood me well down into the 20s. Below that I skip the long-sleeved t-shirt for a fleece pull over that I also adore.

I also really like my Target C9 brand stuff.
From: jakshadows Date: October 1st, 2009 12:05 pm (UTC) (Link)
I think you guys have seen me in enough pics! LOL!
porktruck From: porktruck Date: October 1st, 2009 01:09 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm in Maryland too. I can typically get by with shorts even in the winter around here. Up top I'll wear like a coolmax long sleeve shirt and layer on cotton t-shirts and sweatshirts as needed...all has been garnered from years of racing and carefully hidden from my wife who constantly threatens to throw them away. I like to wear those cheap work gloves like they sell at the Quik Trip for 99 cents...they do the trick and are in my opinion disposable. I have an Atlanta Falcons snow hat that I throw on...more for southern pride than warmth.
From: jakshadows Date: October 1st, 2009 02:24 pm (UTC) (Link)
I like to wear those cheap work gloves like they sell at the Quik Trip for 99 cents...they do the trick and are in my opinion disposable.

Yep, and it certainly wouldn't be the first pair I've tossed to the side as I got warmed up during a race!
I even have t-shirts that are designated as disposable for such cases.
blackcalic0 From: blackcalic0 Date: October 1st, 2009 06:29 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm gunna try running in my capris until it's really too cold to do that, then I'll break out the long tights. I've got a feeling that they're too big for me though cos I've dropped at least one size since last winter. I wore a cotton long-sleeved t-shirt last winter (when I didn't know any better) so this year I'm gunna try and find a couple of cheap wicking ones. Then I have my lightweight running jacket.
shoot_for_peace From: shoot_for_peace Date: October 1st, 2009 06:37 pm (UTC) (Link)
I used to bundle up in thermal tights, cotton sweatpants, a thermal long-sleeved shirt, a cotton long-sleeved T-shirt, a cotton hooded sweatshirt with the hood up (most of this was issued by the military), then top it off with a scarf, hat and gloves, and waddle down the road, because, as you can imagine, I could barely move. I looked like Randy in A Christmas Story.

Then I found out about WICKING MATERIALS and FLEECE. And I now only have to wear one Under Armour shirt, a Nike Dri Fit fleece top and a pair of Nike Dri Fit fleece pants. Amazing. (By the way, all of these were Christmas gifts. I am way too cheap to spend $75 on a pair of pants.)
okayjoy From: okayjoy Date: October 1st, 2009 07:38 pm (UTC) (Link)
I love running in cold weather! Granted, the weather where I live doesn't really count as 'cold' compared to the conditions that other people run in. It's around the 30s to mid 40s in the morning when I go running in the fall/winter season, so I stick with shorts. My upper body is slower to warm up than my legs, so I wear a longsleeve tech tee (I have one from UA and another from Target) underneath an old crappy cotton shirt.

Here's a photo!

bozotkutya From: bozotkutya Date: October 2nd, 2009 07:40 am (UTC) (Link)
As you already now, I'm one of the cheapest cheapskates in the community :)

I own one pair of long running tights that I only wear in winter (sub zero Celsius)and exactly one technical tee that I wear for cycling mostly.

When it's not too cold, I just wear a cotton T-shirt and shorts, plus a sports bra of course. (btw, it's time to buy a new sports bra, but I can't find one that really fits. The current one is a very old Nike a friend bought me in the US and the new models are different....)

In the winter (here that means temps down to -20Celsius only)I put on my long tigths and maybe an extra layer of tracksuit pants, a long-sleeved shirt plus a fleece sweatshirt when it's very cold. Oh, and I have a windbreaker I got as "finisher prize" last spring :)

(I think I posted enough pics lately)
tygerz From: tygerz Date: October 4th, 2009 02:07 pm (UTC) (Link)
my winter running costume: cwx tights, cwx longsleeve baselayer, wind pants, light fleece jacket, marmot vest, neck warmer, generally fingerless gloves sometimes with mittens over them (but that tends to get hot so I ball fingers into fist tucked inside fingerless gloves initially for warmth then poke them out when it gets warmer)

in the in between seasons tights or capri tights under shorts with either a long sleeve technical t, a short sleeve tech t, or the cwx baselayer
and usually there's a baseball cap involved

I do not like being cold
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