Fall is here. The weather is colder, the trees are turning a rainbow of oranges, reds, and yellows, and we are breaking out our favorite jeans and sweaters. If fall is your favorite time of year to run, you are not alone! Most runners prefer the season because of the perfect temperature and the beautiful scenery. We have compiled a list of 5 tips for running in the fall. Use them and we guarantee your fall runs will be more enjoyable!
1. Dress in Layers
Running in the fall is very different from running during the hot summer months. The air is cool and crisp, making it absolutely necessary to dress in layers. Layers are especially important because the weather during the fall can be quite unpredictable, and can vary from hour to hour. If it gets too hot, you can always shed the layers by tying your jacket around your waste. If you’re unsure about which layers to bring along, use the Runner’s World What to Wear feature! It will help you find the perfect items to take on your run.
2. Protect Your Skin
Because the heat of the sun is not so intense during the fall, it can be tempting to ditch the sunscreen. Avoid this common mistake, as the damaging UV rays can still be extremely powerful no matter what the temperature is. As you know by now, sunscreen is crucial in order to avoid skin cancer and delay the effects of aging. Make sure to apply sunscreen on all body parts that will be exposed to the sun, with or without the layers you are going to be wearing.
3. Check the Time
The fall season brings a lot of changes, including the amount of daylight we have to work with. Running in the dark can be dangerous for a number of reasons. To avoid it, make sure you pay attention to the time of the sunset (or sunrise if you are a morning runner). If you prefer running in the evening, we suggest timing your run so you are finishing it just as the sun is setting. The sky at dusk is really gorgeous this time of year. That way you will be sure to have adequate lighting for the majority of your run and still enjoy the fall sunset!
4. Step with Caution
The colorful leaves in the trees and covering the ground are what make this time of year beautiful. The only problem with them is the fact that they can cover up potentially dangerous things such as potholes and cracks. They can cause you to trip and fall, causing pain, embarrassment, and potential injury. Make sure you are paying extra close attention to the ground in front of you to avoid any potential mishaps!
5. Switch It Up
The scenery is stunning this time of year. Instead of running the same route day after day, switch it up! Take a run through the park, or on a mountain trail where there are plenty of things for you to see. Taking a new route will make your run go by quickly and you will be able to enjoy the beautiful things nature has to offer!
The most important part is to enjoy yourself. We hope that these simple tips for running in the fall will help you to make the most out of the season!