For many of you, fall has finally kicked in. My apologies to our readers down south who are still waiting. For those of us up north, we really welcome this time of year. I’ll be the first to admit that fall is my favorite season – at least where running is concerned.
There are many reasons why this is the season to fall in love with running.
- Cooler temps and drier air are ideal for running. The most ideal conditions for running are temperatures around 50 degrees with low humidity, a light breeze and overcast skies. If that doesn’t sound like fall to me, I don’t know what does.
- Beautiful foliage. The picture is the rail-trail where I often run. Watching the leaves change over the course of the season is magical.
- Faster times. For those of us suffering through the heat and humidity of summer, we notice this phenomenon that happens as the temps drop again. We run FAST! There is a lot of research out there that shows how much heat and humidity impact running paces – sometimes as much as 2 minutes per mile. The reverse is also the case.
- Pumpkin all the things 🙂 In the fall, you can reward yourself with a delicious pumpkin beer, donut, or pumpkin latte.
- Cute new workout gear. All those capris and longer sleeved tops that have been hiding away all summer can come out again. Just don’t go nuts and overdress! Remember, you still want to dress as if it’s 10-20 degrees warmer than it really is. I usually switch back to capris but will wear tank tops until it hits the 30s. Also, Halloween brings a perfect opportunity to find a fun 5k and dress as your favorite character.
- Skinny jeans and boots. Show off all that hard work from the summer in a great pair of jeans.
- Fall marathons! Some of the best ranked marathons happen in the fall – Chicago, Portland, San Francisco (Nike Women’s), New York, Detroit, and Washington DC (Marine Corps) all open their cities to host thousands of runners eager for a fall PR.
Are you ready to fall in love with running again? What’s your favorite aspect of fall?
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