7 Reasons To Look Forward to Running in the Fall
As we enter the fall season, the sultry summer temperatures behind us, it’s a great time of the year to look forward to running. Whether you’re an avid road race enthusiast, or like to jog to keep up with your health, or just like running for fun — fall is a fun time to run. We’ve listed 7 reasons why you should look forward to running in the fall (and why we like running in the fall).
1. Running in Cooler Weather
No matter where you live, summertime is usually hot for all runners.
The fact is: unless you get your running done in the early hours of the morning, you’re going to encounter heat and humidity at some level while running over the summer.
As we go deeper into the fall months, temperatures and humidity percentages gradually drop. Morning and early evening runners will get to enjoy the crispness of the colder air and afternoon trailblazers won’t have to endure quite the same intensity under the broiling summer sun.
2. Less Bugs in Your Face
While there may be a few flying pests still buzzing around, the number of insect nuisances drops dramatically in the fall. If you live in an area prone to an early frost, most of the bug problems runners deal with will be totally eradicated. One nice reason to look forward to running in the fall is the air you breathe in will be debugged, you’ll have fewer bugs hitting your face as you race towards the finish line, and fewer mosquito bites.
3. Lots of Holiday Races to Sign Up For
There are pumpkin runs, turkey trots, and other holiday themes used for races.
Avid runners who also enjoy the mystical magic of Halloween can usually find a costume race. It’s also the start of the marathon season, so there’s plenty of races to choose from.
Getting your running shoes ready for the fall list of holiday runs adds an appealing intrigue to running in the fall. This can also boost your ambition to train harder since you’ll have these events to motivate you towards your running goals.
4. Motivating Yourself Heading into the Holidays
Autumn holiday race themes, weather that is more appealing and a reduction in bugs, makes fall running more enjoyable. However, sticking to a good running schedule in the fall can boost your motivation heading into the winter holiday season.
Even if you don’t stick to a strict calorie counter, having a nice list of fall runs under your belt prior to the holidays can be a great motivational tool. Once you’ve established a strong commitment over the fall, you’ll be more likely to stay dedicated to running through the fall and into the winter months.
5. Breakout the Autumn Running Wardrobe
You’re probably not going to want to wear your fanciest running clothes during a hot summer run. As the calendar flips through the fall months though, there will be increasingly better opportunities to break out your autumn running wardrobe and wear some fun layers and accessories. This is a great time to check out sales and discounts for new running clothes for the summer as well.
6. Group Runs
The air is lighter and you’ve set yourself up a consistent schedule for your runs. You’re also ready to show off your personalized running wardrobe. To help with your motivation and enlist another helpful way to stick to a running schedule is to join a running group.
This suggestion might also open up new opportunities beyond just igniting your ambition. You’ll meet new friends who share your ambition for running and you can share the spectacle of autumn with another runner. Joining a group of runners can also offer you the chance to enjoy some special trail runs during the beautiful fall season.
7. Even More Scenic Runs
Spring has its aromatic smells, trees, and flowers beginning to awaken from a long winter’s nap, but fall is a panoramic spectacle of color. Trees begin to paint a visual display to rival any artist’s paint palette. As spectacular as the fall colors are, they also change. Each week presents a new array of hues, giving you a new experience with almost every run.
There are many reasons why you should look forward to running in the fall and the panoramic spectacle of colors may be the most rewarding of all.
Go Running with Grassroots Events!
There’s a lot to look forward in the fall, especially for runners. While you’ll still probably break a sweat, you won’t be standing in a puddle when you’re finished. The air is crisp, the bugs are few, and every day the panoramic display of color will be anew.
Get ready for the winter, including the holiday festivities, by building your momentum with a dedicated fall running schedule.
The seasons change fast, so hit the trail today. Our sister company Canyon Voyages offers guided running tours so you can get out on some of Moab’s trails with a guide and explore. Contact us today if you’d like to go on an adventure!