Fall is my favourite season for running outdoors. The scenery is just that much prettier when everything is in shades of orange and gold. Nature can just be so darn beautiful, don’t you agree?! It keeps me entertained on those longer runs when I’m trying to forget about my tired little legs!
While fall brings gorgeous scenery, it is also the season of temperamental weather. From cold winds, to rainy days, to gorgeous sunny mornings, you never quite know what to expect when you get up in the morning. Each new condition is a new challenge for your running routine, so use my top fall running tips below to help make each run your new personal best, and be more prepared for whatever Mother Nature throws your way.
- Dress like it’s 10°C warmer outside than what it actually is: you may be a bit chilly when you first step outside, but as soon as you get running you’ll be a lot warmer! I’ve never heard a runner say, “Wow, I wish I dressed warmer for that run!” but I’ve definitely seen some running layers coming off as that blood gets pumping.
- Layers are key: no matter how cold it is, you always want to layer up, so that you have the option to cool off as your run heats up. Always start with a base layer that is fitted and snug – look for technical, sweat wicking material, not cotton! Add on from there: look for an insulating mid layer that will help keep the heat in as you warm up, and finally an outer layer that is wind or water resistant, depending on the conditions you’re running in.
- Wear bright reflective clothing: colder seasons mean fewer daylight hours, so it might be dark out when you start out on your morning run or finish up your evening run. Make sure that your gear has reflective elements so you are more visible to any traffic or cyclists you may encounter along the way. Safety is key!
- Get indoors and stretch: once you’re done your run, your muscles will start to cool down and tighten up. Colder weather can speed up this process, so make sure you get indoors somewhere warm and stretch it out right away to keep those muscles long and lean! Then be sure to give yourself a pat on the back for getting out there! Maybe even a celebratory mug of hot cocoa?
Still at a loss for what to wear? Check out this awesome tool developed by Runner’s World – put in your weather information and it will suggest how to dress for your type of run!