Just as the colours of the foliage change throughout the autumn season, so should your running gear. It’s time to put away the summer shorts and short sleeve shirts and transition into warmer gear. The daylight hours are getting shorter and the amount of precipitation is dramatically higher. You need to dress appropriately.
Get the most of out the fall running season with these 10 essential pieces of running gear.
- Reflective outer shell jacket. An outter shell will help cut the wind and repel the cold rain, and because it’s darker, the reflective stripes will keep you safe, especially when running at the dark.
- Love sleeve, technical shirt. Dressing in layers is critical. A technical long sleeve shirt will keep you warm and dry, making your run more enjoyable and comfortable.
- Half-zip pull-over. On a beautiful fall afternoon, when the sun is shining, you probably won’t need a shell jacket, so toss on a pull over made of technical fabric. It’ll keep you warm without weighing you down.
- Shoes. It’s important to replace running shoes on a regular basis, especially for long distance runners. New shoes are more comfortable, will get you motivated to go for a run, and can give you a fresh new look.
- Reflective vest. It goes without saying that running safety should always be top priority. A reflective vest will help ensure you are seen by cars, cyclists and other pedestrians.
- Running tights. When the temperatures start to dip, trade out your running shorts for a pair of running tights. They’ll keep your leg muscles warmer, which means you can run longer, harder, and more efficiently with less pain after your run.
- Headband. Keep your ears warm. Not everyone enjoys wearing a running hat and it’s a good alternative from the summer sun visor.
- Running sunglasses. Get a pair of sunglasses with yellow or golden lenses. Sunglasses protect your eyes from damaging UV rays and the right lenses will help add contrast and brighten your surroundings.
- Gloves. A good pair of running gloves should be part of every fall and winter running outfit. It’s hard to concentrate on good form when you’re cold. Keep your hands warm and dry is key. Cold hands also make it harder to take a drink of water or grab nutrition from your fuel belt.
- Technical socks. On wet days, technical socks will be your best friend. They wick moisture away from your feet, which means you won’t get as cold and want to pack it in early. Seems like an insignificant piece of advice, until your 10k into a 32km run and you can’t feel your toes.