Proper Seasonal Running Gear

Learn how to dress for running in colder weather so that you're comfortable

We're a few short weeks into the autumn and it's starting to get chilly out. Does that mean you're banished to the indoors if you run or walk because the weather continues to get colder? Of course not!

At Fleet Feet Mahwah,  we see a variety of runners ranging from high school athletes, and everyday fitness runners, to marathoners.  They come to us and plead, "help me, I froze out there today?"  Helping them is easy because most aren't wearing the proper attire.

So, what does a runner, who wants to enjoy the outdoors during the colder months, need to run comfortably?

The short answer is easy--get rid of any "athletic clothing" that's made with cotton, or is a cotton blend. You only want to wear technical fabrics.

Technical apparel will wick perspiration moisture away from your body. Cotton will absorb and hold perspiration. When your clothing is wet, your body heat escapes.

Technical apparel will dry quickly on your body, and when it's removed from the washer. It will do so without having to put it in the clothes dryer. That saves energy.

Tech running gear is also lightweight and designed with the athlete in mind. As a result, it's extremely comfortable and because it's lightweight, you don't need several layers in order to stay warm. It's texture, especially with the items closest to your skin, (like sports bras,) will prevent chafing when it gets wet from sweat.

What items are essential? We recommend that you start with technical socks, a long sleeved top or base layer, pants or tights, a windproof/water resistant jacket, and a good hat and pair of mittens or gloves.

If you have these essentials, you'll stay fit, and comfortable no matter what the thermometer says.

Above all, always remember that "cotton is rotten!"

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