Wear This, Not That: Running Edition! Posted by Meagan on March 22, 2013 Add comments Mar 222013 Deciding what to wear when you go running sounds like it should be simple. If it’s cold, add some layers. If it’s hot, slap on a pair of sunglasses, shorts, and a t-shirt. Easy, right? But wait, have you factored in how much you’ll heat up as you get warmed up and start to sweat? Or how about the wind chill, or the fact that it’s raining? OK, so maybe it can be tough sometimes, and it can definitely be a huge bummer if you make a wrong decision. Overestimate how many layers you need means you could end up carrying the extras or have them flapping around your waist for several miles, and not having enough layers to keep you warm can be dangerous, especially if you’re on a long run. Luckily for you, the internet is here to help you! There are two great websites that will actually tell you what you should wear when you go out for a run. The first is a tool that has been around for a while from Runner’s World called “What to Wear”. It requires that you enter in the temperature and other settings manually to calculate what you should wear on a run based on the specific set of conditions you’ve provided it. The strength of this tool is that it takes into consideration how warm you prefer to feel (cool, in between, or warm) when you run and the length and/or intensity of the run you are going on. I also think What to Wear does a better job of explaining the reasoning behind the clothing types it chose for you and the types of fabrics you should wear.Here’s where you select the appropriate temperature and other factors What to Wear uses to determine what you should wear.Here’s what suggestions for a woman look like. Here’s what suggestions for a man look like. The second tool is called Dress My Run. It is not quite as polished in terms of the justifications for its suggestions and appearance, but it does offer a bit more convenience as it will automatically determine your location, and suggest clothing based on the current weather conditions. However, you can also choose a custom location and custom weather conditions. Another nice feature is that Dress My Run offers you the option of leaving them a little feedback on how their suggestions worked for you–it’s always good to know that someone cares! Automatically determined weather conditions.Selecting custom conditions.Dress My Run suggestions. I have a feeling I’ll be making good use of one or both of these tools this spring. I find transitional seasons are the hardest to determine what to wear, and I end up feeling much too warm more often than not. That is, if we actually do have a spring. At this point, it seems like we’re headed for a Game-of-Thrones-style winter here in Wisconsin! Featured image from FreeDigitalPhotos.net. Similar Posts: Tights Are Right Cold-weather Running 5 Facts & Tips for Summer Running Zombies, Run! Zero to Hero #3: In Which Jason Completely Disappears Technorati Tags: Dress My Run, Runner's World, running, running clothes, running clothing, running tips, What to Wear Pin It Written By: Meagan Meagan is a graduate student and avid volcano and pie enthusiast. She spends most of her time thinking about the development of the magma chamber at Crater Lake. Her free time is spent running, blogging, playing with her bunny, and watching too much TV. Meagan started running in May 2011 and ran her first half marathon in October 2012. She is looking forward to her first marathon in 2013!