We are in the midst of fall and depending on where you live you may have already passed peak leaf viewing season. But like I recently told someone, even if the all the leaves have fallen, at least the ground will have lots of color! We often hear a lot about tips for running in the heat of summer or the cold of winter, but what are some important things to remember about fall??
Enjoy the scenery – this seems like a no brainer. Lots of people go out of their way to do leaf viewing, but I would say be sure to take a run somewhere that you can really enjoy the full depth of the fall foliage.
Run somewhere new – this goes with the first one. If your daily runs are on the roads in an urban or even suburban area, try to find a new place to run. I personally would recommend finding some kind of park where you can run on trails, but get out of your comfort zone and find a new place to enjoy your running.
Check the weather – fall weather can be a little tricky. One day it can be gorgeous with lots of sun and the next day can be really windy and cold with some flurries (this actually just happened this past weekend). So make sure you know what the weather is like before you step outside and try to run in the snow only wearing a t-shirt! You don’t want to overdress but you sure don’t want to under dress either.
Watch your step – another pretty commonsensical idea but important to stress. No matter where you run this time of year there are going to be a lot of leaves on the ground. And while they can be quite enjoyable to look at they are a potential hazard to our beloved ankles. Even in the urban jungle, leaves can cover up holes, sticks, or dangerous parts of sidewalks. Even worse, on the trails leaves can cover up roots, small stumps and a wide variety of other dangers. So be careful!
Have Fun – last but not least, have some fun out there. Fall is a great time to relax and recharge, especially if you’ve been training hard all summer. Try to get out and enjoy the crisp fall air and the beauty all around. Fall is a great time of year so be sure to enjoy it before the snow starts accumulating!
[tags] Fall, Autumn, Running, Tips [/tags]