Are you one of the runners out there in colder weather that doesn’t wear gloves? I was out this morning and passed another runner. Now, it’s 26 degrees out and this guy wasn’t wear gloves! He made me cold just looking at him!
Gloves are something that runners need for their winter running. Let’s talk a little about it.
You can lose as much as 30% of your body heat through your hands. So, it’s important to keep them covered. On really cold days, gloves will also work to wick away moisture to keep your hands even warmer.
Also, when the temperature dips below 30 degrees, I’ll wear my Gore-Tex mittens. The combination of Gore-Tex and mittens will keep your hands and fingers nice and toasty even on the coldest day. However, and I have found this out through experience, if the temperature is over 30 degree and it’s sunny – stick with your regular running gloves. Your hands will actually be sweating if you wear your mittens.
How cold it is when you put on your gloves is actually a personal preference. I know that my hands are the first things that get cold on me. My fingertips will get cold and then I’m pretty miserable my whole run. So, I’m usually wearing gloves if the temperature is under 45. (Remember, I’m also running in the morning before the sun comes up – so I don’t have the extra warmth of the sun.).
Also, have different gloves for different temperatures. I have my Gore-Tex mittens for when it really cold, a nice compression pair that I wear during temperatures of probably 35 degrees – 45 degrees and a light-weight pair that I wear when it’s a little warmer – but still glove wearing weather.
Some of you may say that when it’s 45 degrees out, you have on shorts. There are many days (especially in the Spring and Fall) when I’ll have on gloves and shorts. Remember, we want to be comfortable during our runs. And that means comfortable for you – not for someone else.
And, I love the fact that gloves aren’t just black and blue. My lightweight pair are bright pink and I just found a pair of black with bright flowers. I have my eyes and them and will probably order them soon! Be fun with your choice of gloves – but make sure that they are moisture-wicking and will serve the purpose you need them for.