It’s that time of year again…

The days are getting shorter, the temperatures are dropping, and the runners in the Midwest are wondering how on earth they are going to keep from freezing on their training runs. Winter running is not the most enjoyable thing in the world, but the miles have to get done. Most people think the best strategy is to bundle up in tons of clothing and hope for the best. However, the best strategy is to dress for 15 to 20 degrees warmer than it actually is.

Keeping the body’s core at an appropriate temperature is crucial, and that all starts with an appropriate base layer. A good base layer should be:

  1. Moisture Wicking
  2. Light-Weight
  3. Somewhat skin-tight

As your body gets warmer during a run, a good base layer will wick away perspiration. This obviously reduces moisture, which tends to change its state in the colder months. By combing a good base layer with appropriate wind-blocking gear, runners can keep their training on track, and their body temperatures appropriate.

One of our leading base layer companies, Mizuno, is back this winter with their patented Breath Thermo ® technology. Breath Thermo ® is a remarkable heat-generating fabric with a thermal insulation mechanism that absorbs body moisture and then uses it to generate heat. The air that is heated by the absorption process is trapped between the fibers, so the space between garment and body remains warm and dry.

Check out the Mizuno Breath Thermo ® diagram below:


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Stop in to Run Away Shoes to try on some Breath Thermo®, or explore one of our other great base layer options. Stay warm, and keep running!

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