As the temperatures begin to drop and school resumes, I’m finding it hard to maintain my excitement for the approaching season. Running in the fall brings some of the best conditions, most beautiful scenery, and fun opportunities of the entire year.
Fall running season is the best.
Transitioning from summer to fall running season is one of the easiest for runners. Lower humidity levels and decreasing temperatures often make running feel as if it is suddenly a bit easier than it has been the past few months.
In excitement for the coming change in season, I find myself regaining running motivation that has been lost throughout the summer months. As routines resume with the start of the school year, it feels just a bit easier to log those miles each week.
Here are 6 reasons why running in the fall is the best – as if we needed any more inspiration.
6 Reasons Why Fall Running Season is the Best
Perfect temperatures for running.
Regardless of where you live, the transition from summer to fall usually means cooler temperatures, less humidity, and fresh, crisp air. Fall running season brings about some of the most ideal weather conditions for runners.
Running in the fall often means chillier temperatures – but not the bitter, frigid temps that occur during the winter. These cooler temperatures create the perfect environment for your body to give full effort without overheating. Fall is the perfect time to layer up at the start of a long run, so you can maintain a comfortable body temperature even after running for hours.
In addition, fall running season often brings a welcomed drop in humidity for those of us in humid climates. Humidity can make running feel exponentially more challenging, no matter what the actual temperature is. The crisp air feels like a literal breath of fresh air after months spent sludging through moist, humid conditions.
Beautiful colors and scenery.
As if the perfect weather conditions weren’t enough, fall also brings some of the most beautiful foliage and running scenery of the year. The changing colors of leaves can make just about any running trail or neighborhood look like a scene from a movie.
Fall is the perfect time to explore local trails, take in the sheer beauty around you, and get outside to see your neighborhood transform. Running in fall scenery provides awesome motivation to get outside and appreciate the seasons changing.
After months of trudging through hot, sweaty conditions, the change in weather is enhanced with the beautiful colors that surround us with every step. There’s no doubt that fall running season is one of the prettiest.
Fun themed runs and races.
All of the perfect running weather and beautiful scenery comes at a perfect time – right at the start of the peak holiday season. As we transition from summer to fall running season, we are welcomed with the approach of many holidays and seasonal themes.
These motivating themes are followed with the beginning of the holiday season, as we find plenty of racing opportunities for Halloween. Dress up in your favorite costume to score a medal as you run this fall! These costume races are followed with a plethora of turkey trots and Thanksgiving races to jump start the official holiday season.
If you’re looking for running or racing motivation – there’s no better time to run than the fall.
Delicious recovery treats.
Running becomes even more rewarding when you are able to follow it up with some delicious treats. Fall is known for its seasonal comfort foods and delicious treats that only appear this time of year.
After a chilly run, there’s nothing more comforting than a warm glass of tea, cider or hot chocolate. Refresh yourself with a seasonal latte or refuel with a delicious caramel apple.
Fall running season is packed with carb loading options like homemade donuts to get your body stocked up before your next long run. Take advantage of all the season has to offer by rewarding yourself for the miles logged with some delicious, seasonal treats!
More structure and routine.
In most parts of the country, the transition from summer to fall coincides with the beginning of a new school year. As the school year begins, many families find themselves returning to a routine filled with more structure than those lazy summer months.
As routine and structure return, this is the perfect time to revamp your running routine and really get focused on training. Consistency seems easier to come by when the rest of your family is returning to routine as well, so take advantage of this time to re-establish a running routine.
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Fit in those long runs while the kids are in school or resume your early morning trips to the gym. Finding a schedule that works best with your lifestyle is key to making the most of running in the fall.
Peak season for running goals.
Aside from its beauty, comfort and weather, fall also brings peak running season for many runners chasing PRs and race goals. Races peak in the late fall, so many runners find themselves logging some of their highest mileage and hardest workouts of training at the beginning of fall.
This peak season comes at the ideal time – when the temperature cools, humidity drops, and conditions are ideal for a shiny new PR.
Take advantage of running in the fall this year by enjoying some long runs, hard workouts, and plenty of recovery. As the weather changes, your body will likely feel that it doesn’t have to work as hard to achieve the same results as it did during the summer. Maintaining your goal pace may suddenly become just a little easier.
Fall running season is packed with amazing conditions, fun races, delicious foods and beautiful scenery. There is really no doubt that running in the fall brings some of the best conditions and highest motivation of the entire year.
As we transition from summer to fall running, take a moment to appreciate the opportunity to run. Enjoy those moments outdoors when the leaves are changing colors and there’s a crisp breeze keeping you cool. Make the most out of fall running this year to set yourself up for the most successful season yet!
More fall running tips and motivation:
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