I don’t really have many running pet peeves.
Runners tend to be some of the friendliest people, and I totally get that a lot of what we do in regard to running is totally personal.
But, and this is a big BUT, there is one running-related annoyance I can’t tend to shake. It’s really silly and ridiculous…considering it doesn’t even remotely affect me. But no matter how hard I try, the more I see it happen, the more frustrated I become.
I’m talking about the way in which people dress, namely the way people overdress, when they run.
I just don’t get it. I’m fairly certain that my internal temperature is no higher or more tolerant than your average person; in fact, I tend to be cold more often than not. So for the life of me, I don’t understand why— when I’m wearing shorts and a t-shirt— there are other people not just wearing pants and long sleeves, but also hats and mittens.
This phenomenon is especially noticeable nowadays, as the weather is a little trickier to gauge than the typical “cold” of winter and “hot” of summer. This in-between mode adds a lot of variety to the attire you see out on a run, and while I understand people are going different speeds, different distances, etc…there are some lines that should be drawn, right?
My petty annoyance with overdressers came to a boiling point this past Saturday (in case you couldn’t tell 🙂 ). It was 52-ish degrees, sunny, without much wind. My interpretation of this is shorts and a short sleeve shirt, no question. Although I might have been chilly for the first mile or so, I knew I’d be perfectly happy in this getup in the end.
The wonderful thing about the sun being out is that it summons runners of all sorts. Sunny days in Seattle are flooded with runners and bikers and walkers and elliptic-goers galore, and Saturday was no exception.
With all this running company, I was able to do a thorough survey of what people were all wearing on this fine spring morning.
And, I kid you not, there were at least 20 people wearing black pants, black long-sleeve tops, and some form of cold-weather accessory.
I don’t understand!!!!
I get so warm when I run, as I’m sure most of us do, so why oh why would you want to weigh down your run with unnecessary clothing baggage???
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But really… it’s not like the majority of these people have never run outside before. Most of them are people that I see out regularly, through all seasons, and some of whom are definitely doing long distances with quick paces. And yet, they’re dressed as if it’s below freezing with sideways sleet and 20 mph winds.
So, after the 30th or so overdressed person I
judged witnessed on Saturday, I managed to suppress my unwarranted anger and asked myself the real question:
“Am I the weirdo?”
But seriously…am I?
It seems like the vast majority of people out running are, in my opinion, overdressed. And if this is my opinion, maybe I’m actually the minority and don’t follow the standard “what to wear while running” rules.
So I’m genuinely curious here…what are your temperature minimums/maximums for donning certain attire?
For reference (and so you can help justify if I am actually the freak), here is my own scale of what I’ll wear for varying temperatures.
<30°: capri tights, long sleeves, ear-warmer, and probably gloves
30°-35°: capri tights, long sleeves, possible ear-warmer
35°-40°: shorts, thicker long sleeve top
40°-45°: shorts, thin (tech tee) long sleeves
45°-50°: shorts and short sleeves, possibly a thin long sleeve if I’m going really slow
50°<: shorts and short sleeves, tank top if it’s over 65° or so.
So there’s my scale. I’m really hoping that I can either confirm that a) I’m the one that’s loony with my ensemble choices, b) you all agree with my scale and it’s everyone else that’s crazy, or c) eveyone’s a little different and I just happen to chronically see the people who overdress.
What do you wear for running in various temperatures? Do you think most people under-dress, overdress, or do you not care because really…who should care anyways? Any other unique running pet peeves?