Fall running is my FAVORITE! The crisp air, the cozy layers, the crunchy leaves and, of course, the gorgeous colors. My only complaint is that it’s too short! Especially up in Alaska.
Our local marathon, The Equinox Marathon, timed out perfectly with the peak fall colors this year! It was SO beautiful! I was so grateful to be able to run it this year (last year, I was too injured to do the training). The course is one of the toughest in the nation with an elevation gain of 3,500 feet, many roots and ruts to maneuver, and some downhill sections that are so steep that only the most skilled runners can actually run them! The views (when the weather cooperates) are insane. And the community’s participation and encouragement has got to be about as top notch as you’ll find anywhere. I highly recommend participating (there’s a relay division, too!) if you ever get the chance. It’s tough, but you feel like a complete badass when you cross that finish line!
I thought I’d share some running gear and clothing that I’m loving right now. These pieces make this time of year even better. So, if you’re in the market for something like these items, I don’t think you can go wrong with these options:
I first discovered these shoes in February this year. Until then, I had really been loving the Brooks Launch and had used them for the past couple of years for most of my (infrequent 🙁 ) runs. I came across these Nikes because they were a neutral shoe on clearance. (I almost always buy the previous year’s model of shoe to save $$). They sounded like they would be worth a shot, so I ordered them. BEST. SHOE. PURCHASE. EVER!!
I love the knit, no-tongue construction–it makes for such a comfortable fit. The sole is also well made–the perfect amount of cushioning, and they’re surprisingly grippy. In fact, I chose these to race The Equinox in and was very happy I did. Even on all the fall trails, I never slipped. They are fairly lightweight (7.2 oz) and breathe very well. My only minor complaints are 1) They run small, so order up 1/2 a size, and 2) Rocks get caught up in the bottom if you go off pavement. However, I’ve never had this be a huge issue. I still run off road with them and have never stopped to flick rocks out. I’ll check before a run every now and then and remove any big ones lodged in there, but since they don’t bother me running, it’s really not a big deal. I would highly recommend these for my fellow neutral runners out there! I own four pairs, so, there ya go :P
I can’t say enough good things about this vest! The length is spot on, the zipper is super lux, and the fit is so flattering. There is an interior mesh phone pocket in the right front zip pocket with a handy, hidden hole for a headphone cord. I also love the optional hood feature. And, even though it looks kind of silly (IMHO), the ponytail opening makes for a very comfortable option; my head can stay dry, but my hair doesn’t get all sweaty and matted into my neck. While Lulu doesn’t make this one anymore, I have seen it pop on on resale sites like Poshmark and eBay. It would be worth checking to see if they have your size!
I obsessively stalked this shirt last winter, like, nearly every week. I wanted it so bad! But I just couldn’t bring myself to fork over $79 for a shirt! By the time they moved into clearance, my size (of course) had sold out. So, when I saw one pop up on Poshmark, I snagged it right away! And, I’m so glad I did! My favorite features are its seamless construction and Unstinkable fabric. I love that I can wear this two (three?) times per week before having to wash it. It’s so smooth on the skin and will be heavily used this winter as well. I also have a turtleneck version that is great for windy or below freezing runs. The material is just stiff enough that the collar stays right where you want it. 🙂
I ran The Equinox Marathon in these tights and was super happy with their performance. I love their high rise, 7/8 length, side (not zippered) and back zipper pockets for my gels, and unrestrictive fabric. The bottom cut and reflective detailing is also so cute! I wish I could afford every color!! The fabric is so smooth with that buttery feel, and I can happily report that it maintains that original feel after many washes! I will add that I have always hung them to dry. These are an investment piece, but well worth it for the quality. Aaaaand, I did notice that a couple of colors have been marked down already, so go see if they have your size!
These are my go-to gloves for cold(ish) temps down to 32F. Below that, I usually like a little more insulation. These gloves are very breathable, lightweight (as you might have assumed from their title), and are also great for races. Mine are an older version, but I see their replacement models all over eBay. If you’re looking for a nice, affordable, lightweight glove, these will do the trick!
These are the first pair of wool running socks I’ve purchased. I’ve used thicker versions for decades (how am I that old already?) for cross-country skiing, but I haven’t ever tried their warmer-temperature versions. Now, I’m really glad I have! The 55% merino wool blend is so soft–like a warm, but not smothering, hug around your foot. And their breathability is far superior to the polyester blend I normally use. My feet always feel dry now, which is fabulous. If your feet are on the smaller side, REI may still have some for you on their Outlet site here.
Not many things motivate me to get through a workout quite like coffee does. Let’s be honest. This is a recipe I developed post run a couple years ago to serve that very purpose. A mug full of this will give you all the cozy fall feels after a good run. Or, if you’d rather, a good roll out of bed, haha!
I hope you all are enjoying some nice fall days wherever you are! Ours are very numbered up here, as we’ve already had a couple teases of snowfall. So, you can look forward to a Winter Running Favorites post before we know it! 😛