Dress for Success
DRESS FOR SUCCESS
by Jack Fultz, DFMC Training Advisor and 1976 Boston Marathon®
“Dress for success.” What does the power dress motto have to do with your training
garb? Translated into “runner-speak” it means that you should dress for the second or
third mile of your run during cold weather.
In the Northeast, the nasty weather and cold air is just beginning to arrive. If the
temperature is in the low 40s or below, expect to feel cold when you first step outside for
your daily run. If you are bundled up enough to feel comfortable in the cold before you
begin to run, then you’re overdressed. Instead, always dress for the temperature that
your body will be once you’ve gotten going, a mile or two or three into your run.
It’s important to wear a few thin layers, including a nylon-like outer shell, a light knit cap,
and gloves or mittens (which, of course, are warmer) that you can remove and carry
once you warm up. High-tech fabrics are also a must—save the cotton shirts with great
designs for post-run fun. Take a look at “Training Basics – Shoes and Apparel” in
Coach’s Info for more information on purchasing the right shoes and clothes for winter
training. There is also ample information available on the web or in running magazines,
such as Runner’s World.
Now that the holidays are upon us and our training schedule is picking up, it should be
easy to fill out your last-minute wish list. If new running shoes and apparel have a
renewing effect on your motivation (as it seems to for most of us), add them to your list!
Not only will getting rid of some of your older gear help with your training, but there are
also plenty of needy people out there, runners or not, who could make use of your older
gear—what goes around comes around.
Enjoy the invigorating air of this time of year. The single biggest issue related to weather
is footing. When there is ice or snow under foot, be extra cautious. Black ice is especially
dangerous because we’re likely to not see it or even expect it. Trail running shoes have
better gripping outer soles and Yaktrax are great for running on slippery hard-packed
snow. Consider either or both if you run a lot in the snow. Remember, too, that driver
visibility is significantly reduced (dirty windshields, increased solar glare in the daytime,
distracting road conditions at night, etc.), so DO NOT trust that an oncoming driver sees
you and/or knows your next steps. And, if such conditions present too challenging a risk,
working out indoors is the best option.
Happy holidays! Run safely, make smart choices, and remember: there’s no bad
weather, just bad clothing!!