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Why Fall is the Best Season for Running

Posted Oct 05 2010 4:56am
Fall is a great season for so many reasons. Baseball playoffs, football, soccer, changing leaves, apple cider, pumpkin, pulling on jeans and a hoodie.

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It's also a great time of year for running. Here's just a few reasons why.

Race season starts.
Look at a list of local races. I bet you could find something to run every weekend if you wanted to. 5Ks abound around this time of the year and headliner big races steal the show.

Cooler temps mean faster running times.
 
It's easier to push yourself harder when it's not 90+ degrees with 90% humidity. Since your perceived level of exertion is lower, you can work harder without noticing.

No more shorts.
Unlike running shorts, capris and tights don't ride up or bunch. Plus they majorly cut down on the amount of chafing going on. More uncomfortable and way more stylish.

You can sleep in. 
Since the temperatures aren't sweltering you don't have to get up at 5 a.m. on Saturday mornings to do your long runs. You can enjoy a few extra hours of sleep because it will still be perfectly comfortable at 9 a.m.

As for drawbacks to fall running, I've only managed to think of two: the short days mean a lot more running in the dark and the cold weather makes my nose run like crazy. Since I can't master the art of the snot rocket, it gets kind of hard to breath after a while.

Oevrall, the pros outweigh the cons, making fall the best season for running. What do you think? Do you love fall running or do you prefer a different season?
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