With the hot summer weather a distant memory, it’s time for runners to start layering up as the cool, wet weather starts to set in. While early October tends to be a mix of sun-and-cloud with the odd rainy day, the inevitable day-after-day rain storms are about it set in. Runners know, staying warm and dry this fall is going to be key to continuing with outdoor training.
They key to staying warm and dry is to dress in layers, like an onion. A good rule of thumb to keep in mind is to dress for how you will feel about 10 minutes into the run, once your body has warmed up. This may mean that you will need to wear a base layer that will wick away moisture, a middle layer for insulation, and an outer layer to protect from wind and rain.
When choosing layers, look for a variety of fabrics from microfiber and polyester, to cotton and wood. Wear them in accordance to the layering above, for maximum effectiveness. For example, cotton is a great middle layer because it works as an insulator; but worn as a base layer, cotton is rotten!
Some runners may have a mini backpack they bring that they can stuff their outer shell into as they warm up, or to keep a pair of gloves in case it gets extra chilly running after the sun sets or in the shade.
If the weather is wet, remember when you get home to remove the liners from your shoes. Running shoes
should be stuffed with newspaper and placed on a shoe rack to dry for at last 48 hours, to allow the foam and other materials to completely dry. If you wear your shoes while they are still damp, it causes them to wear out faster.
Keep up the training, stay warm, and enjoy the fresh autumn air!