Learning how to dress for the running seasons is one of many “skills” that comes with time and experience. Everyone is so different as far as what makes them comfortable in the varying temperatures, but it’s always important to be protected and safe.
Spring. In Florida.
Ah, spring. Birds sing. Flowers bloom. And humidity spreads its swampy self over the Sunshine State. It’s a great time of year, don’t get me wrong. But the mornings start warm and heat up fast after that. While other places in the country get to ease into the hottest month of a year, we kind of just get in there and get going.
For the spring months, in Florida, we crack out those tank tops and shorts. I know plenty of people go for t-shirts, but I always feel hotter and more restricted with fabric under my arms.
Sunscreen and hats or visors are always a great idea. I tend to skip hats because usually lead to me feel more overheated, but I never leave the house without my sunglasses.
Summer. In Florida.
The truth is, it almost always feels like summer in Florida. It’s soggy and hot and the sun can be merciless. Outdoor running slows to a slog, with many opting for the indoor treadmill, but I stick it out. We do race all summer (in “normal” times, at lesser distances) so I prefer to replicate those conditions where I can.
At this time of year, I’m back in (drumroll) a tank top and shorts or running skirt. Lighter colors are preferable as they don’t absorb as much heat. Stick to moisture wicking and dry-fit materials. This is even a great time to just go with a sports bra (or shirtless for men), but again, don’t forget that sunscreen!
Fall. In Florida.
Whether it feels like it or not, fall descends upon Florida, and all you can do is order your PSL on ice and sip it at the beach. There are no glorious “cool” temps here, no brilliant foliage the colors of flame, no actual need for blanket scarves or Uggs.
Mornings can be a bit more pleasant, however. Sometimes, the thermometer may dip into the 60s, with or without humidity, and that’s a nice break, but it’s not cold, and it’s barely a reason to break out the t-shirts.
So what does one wear for running in the Florida autumn? Tank tops and shorts? Friends, you would be correct. Even on a 63 degree day, you’ll warm up quickly, so no point in overdressing.
Hurricane season also brings lots of rain, so be sure to grab your anti-chafing products and try to stick with the clothing items that don’t rub or irritate.
Winter. In Florida.
Ok. Once we hit winter, things do cool down. I mean, there are mornings where we may just see some 50-something-degree mornings. (That being said, I have also spent several December days at the unheated pool so…) It’s a great time to start early morning runs with a long sleeve shirt over a tank top. I always add gloves because of my Rayanud’s. The gloves generally stay on, but the long sleeves generally come off around the one mile mark.
My legs usually don’t get cold until we get into the 40s, so I stick with shorts up until that point. Capris are a favorite, too, this time of year, although I prefer to save them for yoga or strength training. You may have figured out there’s not a lot of variety in a Floridian’s running wardrobe.
That Random Week In February Where It Could Possibly Snow.
And here it comes. There is always one week of the year, usually in February, where temperatures plummet. I’m talking deep freezes, friends. It’s crazy and while I’ve never run in snow in the Sunshine State, I’ve experienced low 20s at the start of some runs. This is the time of year when we can absolutely whip out all the accessories: leggings, half zips, ear warmers, and gloves!
It’s hard to imagine, but I layer up with tank tops and fleece for this one random week. There are days when it’s just hard to get warm, even after a shower, so the more I can bundle up, the better!
How do you dress through the seasons when running in your neck of the woods? Do you have as little variety as me?
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