Fall Running: 5 Tips for Success!

Coach Casey · October 8, 2020

Summer is fading away, or already has, and the Fall is upon us! This is TRUE running weather in my book. Days where you still brave an outdoor run but don’t need to bring a “sweat towel” along with you. Runs filled with the changing colors of leaves and a light, cool breeze. Just warm enough for shorts, but just chilly enough for a long-sleeved shirt…no gloves required! Honest to goodness Fall running perfection!

As you transition away from Summer, don’t skip ahead to the dreaded Winter running. Embrace the Fall. Love the Fall. Run the Fall.

Charge Running is here to help you with making the most of these few sweet months of Fall running. Check out our 5 Tips for Transitioning to Fall Running below!

Fall running with beautiful foliage!

5 Tips for Fall Running:

1. Reconsider your Routes

As Summer heat turns to Fall foliage, reconsider your daily running routes. Instead of focusing on maximizing shade or water fountain access, choose routes that give you some beautiful nature to experience. Make a quest to a local park or nature preserve if available. Run along or around a water feature. Find a forest! The wonder of Fall running is that you have a chance to get up close and personal with some true natural beauty. Take advantage!

2. Transition (Slowly) to the Treadmill

If you’re someone that spends most of the cold months training on a treadmill, the Fall is a good time to start easing your body back into that. While you can still likely head outside for Fall months for most of your runs, try incorporating 1-2 runs per week on the treadmill. The biomechanics of running on a treadmill are different than outside. The paces are different as well. Ease your body into treadmill usage so as not to risk any overuse/impact injuries down the line.

3. Run the Daylight

Time changes, shorter days, something about farmers and their harvest hours? There’s a lot that changes when it comes to available daylight in the Fall versus the Summer. Try and reconfigure your running schedule a bit to maximize the amount of daylight you can work with. Of course, for a lot of people that’s not always possible. If you find yourself absolutely needing to run before the sun comes up, or after it goes down, just be sure to follow some safety tips for running in the dark

Enjoy the beauty of Fall running!

4. Create a Cozy Routine

While there is certainly more to Fall than the release of pumpkin spice everything, the concept of coziness brought to life by Starbuck’s hot, orange-colored cup of caffeine is an important one in the Fall. Start creating your own personal cozy routines to keep you going throughout Fall running. Set up auto-brew on your coffee machine so that there’s a hot cup-of-joe waiting for you post-run. Buy yourself a waterproof bluetooth speaker so you can groove to some tunes (Kenny G?) while taking a hot shower after a long run. Invest in a fleece onesie…really, do it!  

5. Stock up on Gear

Now is the time to stock up on a few pairs of running shoes, some functional and fashionable gear, and all the run coaching/support and tech you need for the next 6 months. Yes, I know, the holidays are around the corner, but can you really afford to wait that long? Not only are there some great Fall sales but as the weather gets colder you’ll come up with more and more excuses to not buy new shoes or a warm enough running jacket. Those excuses will spiral into excuses not to run, and here we’ll be in March having not taken a step outside since September. Get ahead of the game and buy a few extra of everything now!

Conquer the Fall running season like a champ! Sign up for Charge Running now and get all the live, professional coaching and community you need to crush your Fall running!

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