Ahh, that lovely time of year…the leaves are turning colors, it is cooling off just a bit (come on Texas, we are ready for the cool down!) and it is pumpkin spice everything everywhere you go. Without a doubt it is the best time of year to run! So here are random tips I’ve got for ya off of the top of my head to get you through the fall running season.
1. Stock up on your fall wardrobe to be sure you have layers as it gets cooler. I love light long sleeve tops to go over my tank tops and also capri pants. Brooks has some great options for fall wear and I also love lululemon. Sure it can get pricey but trust me if you run a lot having a wardrobe update can be a wonderful investment.
2. Find friends that are not only dedicated but slightly faster than you to run with sometimes. This one can be hard but I tell you what if you find some buds to run with that are really strong runners it can be a huge confidence booster. You will want to keep those friends around come fall and winter time because you will see results when it is time to run a race or a marathon. Team work makes the dream work.
3. Enjoy reaping the benefits of a slightly faster pace after slaving through training all summer long. Along with fall running comes cooler temps and a chance to pick up on that speed a bit! Gosh I don’t know about you but it sure does feel good to see that pace drop and feeling like you are running stronger than ever come fall. And all because you literally trained your hiney off in the summer time. Love it love it.
4. If you run in the evenings after work, as it gets darker be sure to get you a good headlamp and or flashlight. REI and any outdoor store will have great options for headlamps.
5. Always wear reflective gear whether you are running in the morning or at night. Also I try to be sure I wear somewhat light colors to be seen. Always assume if you are running near traffic that the cars do not see you. Most people are texting or goofing off and not paying attention.
6. Never let your guard down. Always safety first and if you can run not only with friends but away from the hustle and bustle of cars and etc. Whenever I run solo I always make sure I run in a populated area. Plus people watching is just so fun.
7. Get off the pavement sometimes! I love to run on trails and be immersed in nature. Find a trail running group in your area (google is your friend, so is Facebook and meet up) or a group of pals that enjoy trails and go play. Not only is trail running better on your body but it’s just so gosh darn beautiful. Especially in the fall.
What is your favorite time of year to run? Any tips for the group?