How To Run in the Fall

Connie McKinneyStarred Page By Connie McKinney, 5th Sep 2013 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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Watch the leaves change colors and breathe in the crisp cool air. Find out how to change your running routine to make the most of the fall season.

Adjust Your Running Times


Leaves crunch under foot. Pumpkins pop up on nearby porches. Temperatures start to fall. No wonder fall is such a popular time for running. The scenery is beautiful, and the temperatures are comfortable.
During the summer months, runners had to get up early or wait until the evening hours to run and beat the heat. Now the heat is gone so runners can be more flexible. They can run at 10 o'clock in the morning or 5 o 'clock at night, depending on their work or school schedules.

Speed Up a Little


During the summer, runners need to take it easy and not push themselves too hard because of the heat. Now that the temperatures are cooling down, runners can push themselves more.
If you ran a ten minute mile during the summer, try for a nine or eight minute mile now. Work up to it gradually. Run a nine and a half minute mile the first week, then a nine minute mile the second week and so on.
If you ran two miles during the summer, see if you can get up to three miles. Again, do so gradually. Add an extra quarter mile for a week, then an extra half mile the second week and so on. After four weeks, you should have added an extra mile on to your routine.

Take It Outside


If you've been running inside on a treadmill to beat the summer heat, now is the time to move back outside for your workouts. Fall tends to be the most comfortable season for runners. The weather is not too hot but not too cold.
Unless the temperature really dips down, you can continue to wear your standard summer uniform of shorts and a t-shirt for a few more weeks. Then, wear a t-shirt layered with a long-sleeved t-shirt or light jacket with light sweat pants. As you start to run and get warmer, you can shed the top layer.
Another reason to take your runs outside is the beauty of the fall season. You can admire the red, orange and gold leaves as you run by. Orange pumpkins and yellow mums decorate the houses in the neighborhoods where you run. Breathe the crisp fall air and smell the smoke of the first wood stoves firing up.

Be Careful of the Leaves

Runners can literally feel leaves crunching under their feet as they run. However, don't run on fallen leaves immediately after it rains or you could slip and fall. Wait till the ground dries out.
When you run on leaves, stick to the running path, the sidewalk or street you're running on. Don't go off the trail or you could step in a hole that you can't see because it's buried in leaves. Be careful.
If you dress in layers, be careful of wet leaves and run outside, you should enjoy the season. Just don't drop your running jacket when you take it off.

I've done several articles on running which you may find helpful. Here is one on how to warm up and cool down from running:
Here is one on how to care for your feet while running:
Here is one on how to buy running shoes:
Here is one on how to run during hot weather:
Here is one on how to run your first 5K race:
Here is one on how to start running if you've never done it before:
Here is one on how to use shared running paths:

Attribution


The photos came from Morguefile.com
The information came from my own experiences with running during the fall. And yes, I have left my jacket behind on trails and had to go back and search for it!

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Autumn, Autumn Season, Fall, Run, Running, Running Tips

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I enjoy exercising, pets, and volunteering as well as writing about these topics and others.

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
5th Sep 2013 (#)

Great article Connie. Thank you.

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author avatar Connie McKinney
6th Sep 2013 (#)

Thanks, Steve. It's a great time to run out doors, that's for sure!

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author avatar Fern Mc Costigan
6th Sep 2013 (#)

Beautiful time to run outdoors!

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author avatar Connie McKinney
6th Sep 2013 (#)

Yes, I could not agree with yo more, Fern.

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author avatar Delicia Powers
6th Sep 2013 (#)

Lunch time here in Maine Connie so I just popped in to say hello...:0) another wonderful motivating article!...thanks Connie...

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author avatar Connie McKinney
7th Sep 2013 (#)

Thanks, Delicia.

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author avatar Randhir Bechoo
7th Sep 2013 (#)

Interesting article.Good information.

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author avatar Phyl Campbell
8th Sep 2013 (#)

Glad you've found your jacket. I know when I leave umbrellas on city buses, they are gone for good.

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author avatar Connie McKinney
8th Sep 2013 (#)

Thanks, Randhir.

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author avatar Connie McKinney
8th Sep 2013 (#)

Thanks, Phyl. Too bad about the umbrellas.

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