Blogathon post 19/30
I need to be prepared for the upcoming Rhodes Ultra and that means I need to be prepared for very low temperatures. Much lower than I am used to. I like the winter and love running in the cold, but running in temperatures of less than -10°C (14F) with the possibility of snow is new territory for me.
How do I dress warm enough without being too warm? The race starts with a very hard 21km climb. This will surely work up a sweat. Then I will be hit by the ice wind on top of the mountain. I need to be geared for this. I have never run in snow and the coldest run I’ve ever done was -7°C. And that was a dry, windless -7°.
So what do I wear? The lower body is easy. I have some great second skin tights and I will wear my trusted Nikes and socks. No problem there. I am not sure about the upper body though.
What type of jacket/wind breaker will be best? Water proof or just wind proof? I know water proof jackets can become very warm during exercise.
How many layers? The top layer must obviously be easy to take off and put back on again if needed. It must also be easy to carry with me while I’m not wearing it.
My current plan is to wear 2 x long sleeve tech shirts over a short sleeve tech shirt under a water/wind proof jacket. A buff for my neck and mouth, beanie for the head and ears and of course gloves for the hands. I got great Nike gloves for Father’s day.