It's that time of the year that I dread (almost) the most....the end of summer.Granted, it's technically been Fall for a couple weeks, but we've had some decent late Summer weather so I've been able to play the denial card a bit longer. The majority of my runner friends, though, are ecstatic to usher in some cooler weather and kick summer to the curb. While I do appreciate the less intense heat and humidity this time of year, Summer will always be my favorite season for running.
None the less, I live in Iowa. We get to experience the change of seasons. As much as I love the summer heat, I doubt I'd love it so dearly if I lived in it year-round. That said, getting to experience both extremes of weather reinforces just how much I truly love summer more than winter.
As we close the book on Summer, I thought I'd share a few coping strategies to ease the transition into the cooler temps (and darker days) of Fall. Just as we need some "easing in" when the mercury rises, it's also best to be prepared for the shift towards the cooler days ahead. Read on!
*It's getting darker in the (not so) early mornings. Although there may be ample street lights, it still can be dark along the roads and tricky running along uneven sidewalks. It's always beneficial to have a light source with you. Whether you prefer a handheld light or a headlamp, you're wise to have something with you to light your way.
|I'm a huge fan of my Knuckle Lights!
*It's harder to be seen. Just as important as being able to see where you are going, you also want to be visible to oncoming traffic. Common sense prevails...bright (preferably light) colors, glow strips on your clothing, and extra light sources and/or accessories definitely can't hurt. Light-up belts, battery-lit slap bracelets, and a Noxgear vest are some of the favorites in my arsenal.
|after a couple months of hibernation, the Noxgear vest has been resurrected
*The darkness can feel ever-so-chilly! Even with the warm daytime temps, the air is often times quite a bit chilly in the early hours (or evening). It may not be time to break out the full leggings (or even the capri's) yet, but if I throw on a long-sleeved top (or light jacket) with my shorts, it feels like an ideal balance of warm and cool dressing.
|the Fall rain will feel especially chilly, too!
*Even in the daylight, there's usually a chill in the air. Yes, there may be a sunrise happening, but the air still can feel a bit brisk, even on a humid morning. For me, arm sleeves are an ideal solution. I can still wear my summer tanks, but having just part of my arms covered feels just warm enough without being over-dressed or over-heated.
*Don't forget the ears! Although the cooler temps may feel ideal for running, your ears may not necessarily agree. Recently, the early morning temps were in the mid-40's. My body felt fine after the first 10-15 minutes, but my ears were quite thankful to have some cover over them, via a fleece headband.
Those are the main "Transitioning-To-Fall" coping strategies that work for me. If you need a few more ideas, check out this post: Favorite Fall Running Hacks.
Talk to me....Are you sad or joyful to see summer winding down and fall emerging? Does it take you a few weeks to acclimate to the cooler temps and diminishing daylight?