Wardrobe malfunctions

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This favorite Oiselle tank was my Thursday choice

Ok, not on par with Justin Timberlake and Janet Jackson, but…Is it just me or does anyone else have a hard time nailing the right combo of clothes for fall and spring weather? On Tuesday, I put on a long-sleeved shirt for my 10 miles and half-way in, I was dying of heat. By Thursday’s run, I was in a tank (and thankful for it) because humidity was back in the picture. I seem to be going through all of my running wardrobe right now.

I think this happens every year. Summer is easy–you know you’re limited to shorts/skirts and sleeveless tops, at least around here. Come mid-September, however, and things start to get a little tricky. We can have some cool nights, so if I’m running in the early a.m. before the sun comes up, I may need arm warmers or long sleeves with my shorts. Run a bit later in the morning, say around 8 or 9, and the whole picture can change. The sun is up and long sleeves are more than I can handle. What’s hard, though, is to understand this and get out the door that way when the chill hasn’t quite left the air.

The same goes for gloves–to wear them or not? Pre-dawn, I just might. Mid-morning, no way.

One thing I do know is that every year, I hold out on the tights and capris as long as possible. I am not a winter girl and I hate giving into it. Why yes, I am mature! On that note–I’m sure winter notices that I am thumbing my nose at it, too.

Anyhow, what I hate more than anything is to get the clothing combo wrong. I have every possible option in my drawers and so you’d think this would never be an issue. And yet, sometimes, like on Tuesday, I mess it up. In the end, it’s really a matter of #firstworldproblems though, isn’t it?

Do you find it tough to get your running gear right in fall and spring? 

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  1. It always takes me a couple times to get the clothing right when the weather abruptly turns. We’re so used to the muck all summer and think we’ll freeze to death at 55 degrees and dress like it’s the Arctic….when really, I’ve worn sleeveless and shorts in that when doing a marathon. Why can’t our brains just remember. Haha. Great post!! :)
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  2. I could pretty much wear shorts and a jog bra every day of the year here and not go wrong.
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  3. It took 3 different tops before I got out the door yesterday. Yes this season is a bit of a crapshoot temp-wise.
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  4. I can’t say my wardrobe is filled with running gear so I don’t have much to pick from but, I can definitely relate to you in not knowing what to wear given the combo weather of both seasons!
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  5. I was just thinking this yesterday on my run. I can’t figure out what to wear right now either! I did migrate to capris, but I never know at this time of the year or Spring what the weather will bring and what top to put on :/ I’ve been sticking to thin long sleeve tops where the arms easily will push up if I get hot.
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  6. It is definitely chilly enough in the morning here that you would need a long sleeve shirt for most of your run. In the afternoon the temps have been averaging in the 70s which is nice to have this late in September. I have heard rumors that this winter might not be so bad, knock on wood.
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  7. I always walk my dog first thing, so I can usually guess what to wear for running or cycling right after, but I still don’t always get it right. :)
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  8. Yes the temps flip-flop so much around here at this time of year, it’s anybody’s guess as to what to wear. I usually opt for a tank, arm sleeves and running skirt for as long as possible, then gloves are the next step. I go kicking and screaming into tights and long sleeves cause that means winter’s coming!
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  9. Right now, its that “tweener” season, too cold for summer gear, too hot for winter gear, I still have to study the weather report to figure out what to wear now

  10. Exactly what I was thinking this morning as I was picking out my outfit for my run. I do love the cool mornings though and don’t want to complain about them!
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  11. Same as you. It’s tough. The 40 deg. temps seem so cold but not after you’ve been out there a while. The 50′s are easier to plan for. I’ll usually pull out the capri’s for 50′s and below.
    I can usually plan ok for my body but my hands, they are never happy: either too hot or too cold. Too cold is ubber annoying since I can’t grip anything once they get frosty.
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  12. Michele @ nycrunningmama says:

    Hahaha…definitely a first world problem!!!! I totally am in the same boat…the other thing to take into account is how long the run is…if it’s short, I don’t mind being warm for a few miles…but if it’s a longer run, I’d rather be cold for a few miles and then good for rest!!!! But I get so mad when I make the wrong choice!!!!
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  13. I have so much running gear that it is mortifying, but I still get tripped up by fall and spring weather – long sleeves, short sleeves, arm warmers. Like you, I avoid crops and try and wear shorts as long as I can: this year I’m trying to make it to December…
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  14. My race tomorrow is in PA so already that’s about 5 – 10 degrees colder than here in VA. And I’ll be starting at a higher elevation and climbing and decending into valleys for who knows how many hours. I haven’t even started to pack because I just have NO CLUE about what I should wear! Funny thing is at least the wardrobe worries keep me from focusing on the actuall challenges I am about to face. heehee
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  15. I am getting better at it as I am finally learning to dress ‘less’ than before. I used to always wear way too much. I am finding arm warmers very valuable in the Fall.

  16. I had the same dilemma this past week. Tuesday was only 38 when I went out. Broke out the gloves for the first time. Blech! Thursday- tee and shorts and it was 60. I refuse to wear crops till at least Dec 1st! :)
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  17. I completely get what you are saying. My favorite running outfit is shorts and a long sleeve shirt, but this is a tough one to pull off because if I start getting warm I’m stuck in the long sleeves. Heaven forbid I take the shirt off and finish my run in my sports bra, I wouldn’t want to scare all the other runners out there.
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  18. Most of the year I am in long sleeves and capris. It’s so hard to head out when it’s chilly when u know u will warm up. I have that problem all the time.
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  19. I am the dork with a sticky in my running clothes shelving area that has ranges of temps with suggested combos. I check the temp before heading to my sticky note and make a choice. However, when it dipped to 40 last week I didn’t trust my own advice and dressed too warm!

  20. It’s been tricky here too. It’s just starting to warm up and already I’ve had to ditch sleeves and capris. The singlets are cold when you start out but they make for a much more comfortable run.
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  21. Been there so many times this summer with being use to Alaska and running in Washington State….I always over dress! That is why layers are nice so you can shed them on the trail…
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  22. That Oiselle tank was on my birthday wish list but was out of stock- I love it! Moving to Houston has changed my wardrobe problems, it’s just always hot. :)

  23. I really like the long sleeve shirts with the thumb holes so they can cover your hands. I find them really effective this time of the year when it’s just not cold enough for gloves, but too cold to go without, at the start. As for the sleeves, I’m not so bothered by long sleves if it starts to get warm. I just roll them up and I’m ok.
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  24. I definitely have a hard time figuring out what to wear. OK, not running/workout related but right now, I’m having the hardest time with what shoes to wear!! It’s a little too cold for sandals or flip flops but I’m also not loving flats right now. Frankly, I would just like to wear my Reeboks around town all day but I’m not sure if that will work :-)
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  25. Arm sleeves are a great option for us this time of year…

  26. I have started wearing long sleeved shirts too early… and now that I have read this post, I just remembered I have a pair of Moeben sleeves that I have never tried during a run… thanks for this post!
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  27. I’m with you – I wear shorts as long as possible and my legs are the last thing to get cold, so it’s okay. What I think is funny in the fall and spring is seeing the ranges of what you and everyone else is wearing – you’ll see everything from tank and shorts to long sleeves and capris and I think is is a sign that everyone is confused and gets it wrong sometimes!
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  28. I must be hot blooded or something because no matter what, rain or snow, after a half mile, I’m a puddle, so the less on me the better! : )
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  29. Yes, I am having a hard time too! I was all ready for a breezy run yesterday morning but it turned out to be super humid and close to miserable. Still trying to figure it out!
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  30. I always have this problem in the spring and fall. It’s gotten worse since having a little jogging stroller running companion because not only do I have to figure out my wardrobe, but I have to figure out his with this weather!
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  31. I always am sad when I wear a long sleeve in the fall. For the first mile it’s great, but after that, I just have to lug it around. I am trying to learn to be cold for the first mile in order to be comfortable the rest of the way! I ran a turkey trot in Massachusetts last year and it was freezing at the start. However, about .5 miles in, I was dying of heat exhaustion. Then when it was over, I was sweaty and freezing again. You just can’t win.
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  32. i always forget what is comfortable to wear in the changing temps!! i also always tell myself i’m going to make a note of it in my running log so that next year i know what to wear… but i never do. (and even if i did, i doubt i’d go back to look for that, ha)
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  33. I have that top too! Love it. I have to admit though, I’ve given into the Lesley Knickers because they are just THAT awesome. Plus, it’s been a little chilly on a few of my runs lately. This time of year is definitely hard to know what to wear for a run. I tend to go for layers. It’s really hard to know what it’s like outside until you get there, and living on the 24th floor, I don’t want to go down just to find out! I’m lazy, what can I say?
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