Fall is by far my favorite season for all things, especially running. Cool, crisp mornings and sun shining afternoons. Beautiful foliage and less humidity are a runner’s dream! Fall running can also be tricky to dress for. Here are my Fall running essentials and tips to help you opt outside all season long. This post contains affiliate links.
Fall running essentials & tips to opt outside all season
Dress for temps 10 degrees warmer
Cool mornings make it easy to overdress. As the temps quickly warm, so do you. Dress for temps 10 degrees warmer for maximum comfort.
Don’t skip your warm up
It can be tempting to just run right out the door and keep moving when temps start to drop. Improve your run and help to stay injury free by warming up for at least 5 minutes.
Layer it up
A lightweight fall jacket is a must! Look for something wind and water repellant. Hooded styles are ideal and can help keep you dry from unexpected rain.
This Patagonia Houdini is my pick. Elastic cuffs, water repellant and light. This jacket folds up into one of its pockets for storage. Covers hips and rear. Currently available in 11 colors. Size up for a looser fit.
Protect your face
Sunscreen is still a must for fall running. I choose a mineral based product with built in moisturizer and a slight tint. This Super Goop Glow Screen 40 spf is my pick year around.
Have a go to base layer
Having a go to base layer that will take you into fall and through winter is key. Look for a long sleeve top with sweat wicking material. I discovered the Lululemon Run Swiftly base layer 5 years ago and have never gone back. In fact, I still have the original tops. They are by far, my most used piece of running gear from October to March. Currently avail in 16 colors.
Be Seen By Cars
Wear something with reflective material in it.
Lightweight gloves or liners
While it may not be cold enough for your winter running gloves, sometimes a light glove is in order for. Look for a liner type that is lightweight and easy to store in a pocket when you warm up. These ReflecToes are designed for temps 20-60 with High-Res visibility perfect for runners.
Capri pants are my staple fall running essential and are perfect for temps above 40 degrees. Look for a compression fit with dry wicking material for maximum comfort. Bargain buy are these popular Old Navy high waisted Elevate crops available in 4 colors (currently on a major sale)
Like pockets? Me too and these Athleta Ultimate Stash Pocket Capri are great quality with a comfy high waist.
The versatile vest
Last but certainly not least! Having a few versatile vests will help to bridge the temps between fall and winter. They keep core warm but leave the arms a little more free. Every running wardrobe needs at least one. I like this weather resistant Smart Wool ultra light vest and this Oiselle Vigor with reflective detail as great layering pieces for the season.
Don’t let the weather keep you inside. Get out and enjoy all the fall season has to offer runners. Dress the part with these Fall Running Essentials. Tell me your fall running essentials.
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