While we’ve got our eyes firmly fixed on that big fall race, the weather can’t seem to keep its focus. From record-high heat waves, to April-like showers, predicting what fall might throw our way has proved to be quite the challenge. Ambassador Sam Sykes shares her tricks to outsmart Mother Nature when it comes to dressing for the fall race season.
how to dress for fall running
1. wear clothes that are designed for running. They are made of technical materials and are designed to help you feel good and perform your best. Proper running gear lets you focus on your race and not worry if your pants are dragging in puddles behind you.
2. dress like it’s 10°C warmer outside than what the thermometer says. You want to start your run slightly chilled because your body is going to heat up once you get going. Rarely do you hear a runner finish a race saying “Man, I wish I had dressed warmer” but it’s very common to see layers littered along the sidelines of the first few kilometres of a race. Usually these are old clothes that people are ready to get rid of but if you don’t want to trash your nice duds, dress smart!
3. clothing choice can outsmart bad weather. Races aren’t cancelled unless the weather is truly life- threatening (as in: earthquake, tornado, lightning, Hurricane Irene). You need to practice running in the elements with the right gear so that you’re prepared to run your best race no matter what storms your way. Training in different weather conditions builds character and gives you experience to draw on when race day comes around.
4. accessorize for exercise. Pieces that can be added on and peeled off easily are great for combating temperamental fall weather. Arm sleeves keep you warm to start but can be stripped off and tucked away as you heat up. A hat or visor will be your best friend when the elements throw some liquid sunshine your way (think of it like having a portable umbrella attached to your head). Also, focus on breathable, waterproof/water-resistant layers that keep you and your ID dry. Because you always take ID with you on a run, right? Right.
You can’t predict what mood Mother Nature will be in on race day. Use different conditions (as long as it’s safe) as a training opportunity (not as an excuse) to be better prepared for whatever gets thrown your way.
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