Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Running in Cold Weather

My oldest son Jordan, who is 11 years old, had his first winter run club session with his middle school.  The weather was around 46°F and cloudy.  He wasn't sure what to wear for the run so he went with an Under Armour sweatshirt, running gloves and sweatpants.

He only wear a t-shirt under his sweatshirt because he gets hot quickly, and didn't feel like it was cold enough to wear an Under Armour shirt underneath.  It was the perfect amount of clothing he was comfortable and was able to run the two miles.  In the next couple of weeks they will increase the number of miles they run and of course it will probably be colder.

For those seasoned runners, do you think he should wear more or what he is wearing is fine?  Also, his hands sweat a lot, and the gloves we got him are for running and should absorb most of the sweat.  We'll see how it works.

He says it was really fun and will continue to do it.  It also helps that half of his soccer team also joined the run club, which is great because it will keep him motivated to do it, not that he wasn't before.

We'll see how it goes and will keep you up to date on his progress.


  1. For me, personally, I usually wear the following:
    32F and above: long sleeve tek shirt, possibly a light light running jacket, running tights, and gloves. I take my gloves off after I warm up and hold them in my hands. Gloves designed for running would be great, and I'm saving up for a pair myself.
    For 32F and below: I have a Pearl Izumi running jacket which is made for colder temps. I wear this with a long sleeved tek shirt underneath, and it's usually fine. If it's not enough, a short sleeved tek shirt over the long sleeved, both under the jacket. Running tights, and sometimes (when it's closer to 0F or below) I'll put on track pants over the tights.
    General rule of thumb: dress for mile 2 or 3, not the start. Your body will warm up naturally, as you run. That said, you have to find what works for you (your son, in this case). If sweats work for him, go for it! Wicking fabrics do help keep the sweat off your skin, keeping you from getting chilled too quickly when you cool down after a run if you're not able to change clothes right away.

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  3. Thank you so much for the great tips. I never thought about getting him the running tights. The weather here is starting to get really cold, and they are going to be running in it.

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  6. I wear running tights also and they are great! I hope your son continues to love to run, good luck! New follower from MBC, have a great weekend! You can find me at
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