If you ask a marathoner what their favorite season for running is, it’s likely that the answer will not be Summer or Winter. Summer is often too hot and humid in many areas for long, high-intensity running. Winter, on the other hand, brings obvious setbacks to running like extremely cold temperatures, snow, and ice. Running in cold weather can even cause breathing and joint problems if you don’t take the necessary precautions.
So, what weather IS good for running?! Between the two options left, Fall and Spring, we find Fall to be just a little bit better. The weather tends to be slightly more reliable during Fall as compared to Spring (at least near us on the East coast). Fall also boasts beautiful views if you’re running in an area with plenty of trees, which really makes a huge difference in the enjoyment of running. Now that you know the best season for running, it’s time to make sure you have all of the necessary Fall-time running gear!
Long Sleeve Shirt
Not just any long sleeve shirt! We recommend a cotton-free running shirt that moisture-wicking and breathable. You never know when the temperature may drop during your run, and the long sleeves will help wick all of your sweat so you don’t get cold.
Really, Really Good Running Shoes
The most important thing for any runner should be their shoes. If you run for distance, speed, or somewhere in the middle, a bad running shoe can severely injure even the most experienced runner. We recommend going to your local running or sporting goods store to be fit for a shoe that’s best for your foot type. These professional running shoes may cost a pretty penny, but they are worth it in the long run.
Running Water Bottle
Runners often make the mistake of not hydrating well enough during Fall-time runs because they don’t feel dehydrated due to the cooler weather. Cooler temperatures don’t affect your hydration! You need to hydrate just as much as during the summer months, which is why we recommend having a handheld water bottle with you during your runs.
Eat Your Coffee Caffeinated Snack Bars
Fall marks the time when the kids go back to school, and when work gets very busy. This usually means that people are running early in the morning, or in the evening after work. With a busy schedule, you will definitely need a caffeinated snack to keep you going throughout the day. Our caffeinated snack bars are the perfect energy bar to help you over the 3 P.M. slump and energize you for your run.
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Lighting, Reflective Apparel
If you run on the roads or a busy bike path, it is extremely important that you have a running light or reflective clothing. The Fall season means the days becoming shorter and dusk is now earlier. It’s better to be safe than sorry when it comes to running any time of year. Even with lights and reflective gear, always use caution when running during any time of year.
From shoes to caffeinated snacks, this is your go-to list for Fall-time running essentials. Dress accordingly, use caution, and most importantly, have fun on your runs this Fall!