Tuesday, 26 October 2010

How many layers?

Now to have a laugh at my own expense!!!

After last night's cold run when I had to wear gloves for the first time I think I may have overeacted a little with my clothing. Fearing it was going to rain this evening I decided to pull on my OMM Kamleika smock over my running shirt and then realised that as it was black I needed to put on my fluoro jacket as well. Then I thought it was a good idea that as I wore gloves and a hat last evening to wear those too!!

So standing at the club house I felt pretty warm as the wind ripped at our legs but, boy, after we started running I realised that I have overdone the layers as the sweat started to build up and by the first mile my gloves and hat were firmly stuffed in my pockets. By the second mile my yellow jacket was unzipped and by the third my smock was unzipped. For the remainder of the run I decided that I should just sweat.

It reminds me of this video footage:


  1. A couple of years ago I had to spend some weeks in the middle of hard winter in Poland, talk about -20C record temps. I soon learned that all I needed to run was a shirt, gloves and a fleece jacket. But, and that is important, there was no wind.

  2. That is incredible Ewa! I used to work in a lab where my raw materials were kept in fridges at -40C. Only one of us was allowed in there at a time in case of difficulties and the other person could call for help.

    To tell you the truth, if it was -20C I would quite happily have a hot cocoa and snuggle under my duvet a couple more inches :-)

  3. Oh, trust me, it is only because I overheat easily. Having said that I made sure I did not have to stop anywhere on the way or I would become one solid icicle.
    And how did I made myself run? Well, had to unload some stress that hot cocoa would not be able to cure, that's all.

  4. Incredible...I just cannot imagine what that feels like.

  5. I'm always amazed at how quickly I warm up on a cold run. The main thing, as Ewa said, is the wind. Wind means more layers but without wind you don't need many layers.