Ideal conditions and plenty of full, half and quarter marathons to choose from make fall running special.
Right now, fall running is upon us, or most of us depending on where you live. The transition from hot, sticky mornings to breezy cool evenings is refreshing but once the humidity dies off and the leaves start falling we realize that fall running is vastly different, our summer gear isn’t cutting it and it isn’t time to break out our winter gear, we need our fall gear. Summer is easy, less is more, wicking, cooling light gear rules. Winter is almost as simple, layers… but fall? What do we do for the in-between, the not hot but not yet cold fall weather? We have to improvise, one day it may be 67 and sunny the next 49 and raining. I cannot say I have all the answers but I do have some suggestions.
#1 Wear a long-sleeved tech t-shirt, arm warmers, gloves or a light top layer (over a t)- You will most likely need something more than just a t-shirt for early morning or late afternoon runs, as the temps dip into the 50’s and 40’s experiment with long sleeves, gloves or a light jacket. I go with a long-sleeved shirt until it goes into the 40’s then I break out the gloves followed by a light jacket.
#2 Think about wearing mid length tights or other mid length pants of your choice – Some people will continue to wear shorts if this is your preference go for it. I’ve found that crop pants work best for me when the temps are 45ish to 70ish, they provide just the right amount of coverage.
#3 Carry or Wear something bright or reflective (if you run mid day and it’s not overcast, dark, or stormy this wouldn’t apply) so you can be seen. The days are getting shorter, it’s getting darker earlier. A vest or one of those flashy lights also work. I like wearing neon pinks and yellows.
#4 Socks. Your light weight summer socks may suffice, if your feet tend to get cold look for a thicker (but not thick thick) socks. I hate socks, so maybe I shouldn’t be talking about them? I wear these, these and an older cut I can’t seem to find anywhere. The bottom line is find a good quality sock that works for you, you need them.
#5 Misc – A hodge podge of things… Don’t forget to hydrate, even though it is cooler we still need to drink. Don’t blast your music (if you use it) you want to be able to hear traffic and Use some sort of way to monitor and track your runs (if you are into that). A watch, Dailymile, Nike+, iPhone apps, Garmin, Map My Run, Google Maps and the time on your TV… whatever
Did I miss anything HUGE or small? What are your fall running essentials?