As the days get shorter and the air gets cooler, we need to think about ways to adjust our outdoor training routine. We asked record-breaking ultra marathon runner and Athleta Fit Model Julia Stamps Mallon for her top tips to hack Fall outdoor training like a pro.
Tip #1: Make a Commitment
As the days get shorter, you might need a little extra motivation to get out the door. It’s important to set a goal and take actionable steps to help you achieve that goal. The fall season offers some of the best races of the year. Whether your goal is to train for a marathon, half marathon, 5k or Turkey Trot – sign up! Committing to a race can help pave the road for the rest of your training. You can think of this step like a carrot that’s dangling in front of you for the next three months. If running isn’t your thing, sign up for a bootcamp series or something you’ll enjoy doing instead.
Tip #2: Layers Are Your Friend
Layer up! Sometimes it’s hard to know what the weather will be like, so giving yourself options is always a good idea. Base layers are key to keeping you warm – Athleta has a huge selection of base layers to choose from, so I’ll start with a t-shirt that wicks away sweat as a foundation, and I’ll add a long sleeve over top. I will throw on my uber-cozy vest for the nights that are extra cold.
Tip #3: Be Seen!
As the days grow shorter, you will want to stay visible on the road. Wearing reflective gear is critical for your safety when you’re running in the dark. Want some tips to stay safe when running in the dark? Read my tips here.
Tip #4: Enlist Friends to Stay Motivated
Training for a race or keeping a regular workout routine is a challenge in itself. When you throw unpredictable weather conditions into the mix, it can be even harder to stay motivated. It’s important to tell your friends and family about your goals, so that they help support and keep you accountable. Invite a buddy to join you so you’re less likely to skip out on a running date. Share your journey on social media to get some extra encouragement!
Tip #5: Keep Your Running Shoes in Good Shape
When it comes to running, having the right shoe is important for your foot health. That means replacing your shoes every six months or even sooner if you run frequently, and taking good care of them in between. If you want to maintain the integrity of your running shoes after they’ve been soaked on a rainy run, don’t put them in the washer. Instead stuff them with newspaper and let them dry out.
Tip #6: Warm Up
Coming off the summer season, your first biting cold days can be a bit of a shock to your system! You’ll want to warm up and get your heart rate up before you leave the house so you feel ready to take on the lower temperatures and wind. Try running up and down the stairs, stretching or jumping jacks before you run out the door.
Photos by: Wedge Creative
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Photo 5: Julia wears her Run With It Headband as she prepares for a night run wearing the Accelerate Reflective Jacket, the Be Free Reflective Tight and a pair of Run With It Gloves in Silver Shimmer.