the secret to run layering (in any weather)
posted: February 12, 2014
Chris Plourde walked away from the world of business and its big benefits to become a personal trainer, which he says has just as many benefits—especially with regards to his health. A Boston boy from a big Italian family, he’s now living the dream in in LA, sweating every day, eating clean (“bread and olive oil, fugget about it!”) and crushing goals. You know, when he’s not in front of the camera for us or hucking around Hunter S. Thompson quotes that make you stop in your tracks. We dialled back the throttle on the deep stuff for a minute to ask him how to layer for a run in any weather. Here’s what he said:
You’re going to need to layer up for a run, but whether you’re in Boston or LA, regardless the time of the year, the rules for doing so are basically the same.
Bottom line: you can always take off what you have on, but never put on what you don’t have.
Since I moved to California my blood has gotten pretty thin, so I always have one or two pieces that I can shed as the day warms up. Even though we live on the beach, it can be pretty chilly in the early morning, so I never leave home without a light jacket or run top—even in July.
My typical ‘uniform’ starts with a lightweight wicking shirt like the Metal Vent Tech Short Sleeve, then a more insulating running top, next a warmer layer like the Core Hoodie. Lastly, if it’s super chilly, I’ll add a puffy vest or jacket of some sort, like the All Run All Day Jacket.
I have a great hat I like to wear that I found in the Berkley lululemon store, but my real secret weapon that I just started to use is a scarf. It’s a game changer!
Don’t tell my Boston buddies though, they’ll never let me live it down.
Oh, and that Thompson quote? “Life should be not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well-preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside in a cloud of smoke, thoroughly used up, totally worn out and loudly proclaiming, ‘Wow! What a ride!”
Chris Plourde is an LA-based fitness consultant and coach with more than 17 years of experience. His clients range from competitive triathletes, cyclists and runners to general fitness enthusiasts, new moms and celebrities. A current two-time brand ambassador for lululemon, he’s travelled both nationally and internationally as a master instructor/presenter for Madd Dog Athletics and Spinning®, providing continuing education and lecturing on the physical and mental aspects of fitness. As a fitness expert, Chris continues to mentor and consult with fitness professionals, gyms, studios and students of Loyola Marymount University through his Formula Workshop Series. He says fatherhood is his greatest adventure to date.