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2/1/09 10:26 A

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If he breathes through his mouth because his nasal passages are clogged then that needs to be treated and cleared before he runs. If he breathes through his mouth just out of habit, then as someone else said that is just a form problem that can be corrected. It will not only prevent his sore throat, it will improve his running endurance in the long run.

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AMISPERSON's Photo AMISPERSON Posts: 252
2/1/09 10:11 A

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I'll have to talk to him about his breathing. I'd guess he's breathing through his mouth.

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2/1/09 9:07 A

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His sore thought may be more a function of how he is breathing, not what he is wearing. Is he breathing through his mouth when he runs?

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1/27/09 10:39 A

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Thanks for all the advice! I'll be sure to share it with him.

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1/26/09 11:23 A

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One other small piece to the puzzle. I am in MI and when it is slushy/wet we will wear our trail shoes. They are running shoes geared more for trails with better traction. More important is that the weave of the material is tighter and more weather resistant. Hence warmer and drier, =)

They are not as expensive as our regular shoes either so I don't feel too bad having them for 1 season per year. Got mine at JC Penney for $45.

On the breathing part I am a mouth breather and only cover up when it is below zero with a scarf lightly wrapped that I can duck my face into easily or lift my chin and get some fresh air. Downside is that they will freeze solid and sometimes to you.

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1/25/09 4:13 P

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TerryJo's reply made me wonder -- does he breathe through his mouth or his nose when he's running? I agree about the mask, but I've often been told that breathing through the nose filters and warms the air better than mouth breathing... There is a book (sorry, I can't remember the name) by a running coach who turned a track team into champions by asking them to breath only through their noses. At first it made them slower, but by the following year they were bringing home trophies.

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1/25/09 2:07 P

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I just wanted to add please make sure that your son does not overdress or wear cotton! It will retain moisture and there becomes a danger of hypothermia. A person can become hypothermic in 40F weather if they are wet! That said, you can run/exercise safely outside as long as you wear clothing that draws moisture away from the skin. You should feel slightly cool/cold when you first start but will be comfortable once you get moving. Also, I would NOT reccommend trying to run in boots! Running shoes are more than adequate, boots are heavy and will most likely cause injury because they will not be flexible for the hard repetitive landing that running creates. If cold feet are a concern invest in some smartwool socks. They will keep his feet toasty even if they get wet. Be safe out there!

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1/25/09 1:53 P

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Thanks for the advice. I'll definitely share these ideas with my son.

And Jeri1952... I AM a different person! I feel different, I look different and I am healthy now! Thanks for the comment.

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1/25/09 1:44 P

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Hi Amy ... I live in North Dakota; current temp here is -7F with a wind chill of -31F. I not a runner and definitely don't go walking outside in this weather. I have seen a lot of devoted runners around here though. They are all bundled up in this weather, but still out running. They wear wool hats that include a face mask, or if their hat doesn't have a face mask they a wear mask of some sort ... something as simple as a surgical mask or fancy as a hockey mask. In addition they wear a scarf, gloves, under armor, light weight boots and ski jackets. If your son gets a sore throat I'd say the mask is a must son he doesn't get that cold air in through his nose or mouth.

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1/25/09 1:33 P

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I am in Chicago and it gets pretty cold here. I run all year long outside with no problems. The key is to layer with good wicking material. When it gets really cold (single digits F) I wear tights with wind pants over the top and 2-3 wicking long sleeve shirts and a wind/weather proof shell/jacket. I also wear either a hat or headband and mittens. When it gets really cold (windchill factor, snow, etc.) I wear a baklava (covers my whole head and most of my face) and double up on my socks. Hubby says I look like a ninja in this get up! ;) I also have a pair of yaktrax that I wear over my shoes (ice grippers) when footing is unstable due to snow/ice. It really is fun to run in the snow and can be comfortable year round if you dress appropriately. I hope this helps, good luck!

I forgot to mention that www.runnersworld.com
has a calculator that will help you with what to wear based on a variety of weather conditions/temperatures.

Edited by: JONNYSMOMMY at: 1/25/2009 (13:35)
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1/25/09 1:20 P

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Hi Amy,
It doesn't get SO cold in northern California where I live, but I wear hat (beanie) and gloves in colder months. I also have performance winter that wicks but is warm (both tights and tops), and i layer them.

As a last resort, I head into the gym and use the treadmill. I'm sure you'll get lots of better advice from the folks who live where it gets REALLY cold!



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I don't run but I just looked at your sparkpage and had to tell you that you look amazing. Are you sure you are the same person in those before pictures? It looks like someone entirely different. LOL

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1/25/09 12:58 P

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My son runs in the warmer months but doesn't run this time of the year because he gets a sore throat. How do you guys run in the cold months and not get sick? I need all advice you can share. What kind of clothes do you wear? Hats? Gloves? How do you stay healthy when it's so cold???

Thanks for your help,
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