For most, these cooler months of fall are often called the best of the year, when all you have to do is throw on a T-shirt and leggings or shorts . It doesn’t take much gear to run comfortably for miles during this time of year—and you don’t need several layers like you do during winter, and you’re Calories Burned Calculator Other Hearst Subscriptions.
But even when the temperature feels great—some people love the crisp cold of winter or even the dry heat of summer—variables like humidity, wind, and rain can throw off you wardrobe game, leaving you stressed about overheating or freezing your butt off before you even walk out the door.
Remember, no matter what the temperature says, your body is going to heat up as soon as you start moving. A solid rule of thumb: Dress like it’s 15 to 20 degrees warmer than it actually is.
“You should be uncomfortable standing outside as you wait for your watch to sync,” says Elizabeth Corkum, a master trainer at Mile High Run Club in New York City. “If you’re fine simply standing outside, the odds are good you'll overheat once you warm up into your run.”
You should be uncomfortable standing outside as you wait for your watch to sync, says marathon running, by the way, is 45 degrees Farenheit, according to research published in the journal PLOS One. “If you’re going all out for that long at that temperature, you’re generating so much heat that the cool air environment allows you to be the most efficient,” says Doug Casa, Ph.D., chief executive officer of The Korey Stringer Institute, which provides research on exertional heat stroke prevention. The less speed and intensity you have, the higher the temp (typically in the 50s or 60s) you’ll feel most comfortable at.
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