As you may know, I’m currently preparing for my biggest race this year: The Monster Dash 10 miler! I’ve even done a couple of my training runs while battling a cold…which isn’t something I normally do. I really want to complete the race!
Fall is one of those times where the weather is quite unpredictable. It might be 60 degrees but super windy (like it was in Nebraska for my 7 mile run-walk), or it might even be in the 40s and sunny.
It could even be snowing. I mean, this is Minnesota.
My solution: layers.
I know for a fact that I will have a couple of layers on for my upcoming race (half of my costume is that zebra running jacket!). I’m going to share with you some factors to take into account as well as some of my favorite Target® C9 running pieces.
Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Target® C9 through their partnership with POPSUGAR Select. While I was compensated to write a post about Target® C9, all opinions are my own.
The key to semi-cold weather running is to dress for slightly warmer weather. It’s common sense that you will warm up when running, but sometimes it’s hard to nail down exactly how warm you will be. I know the formula for cold weather running is to dress like it’s 20 degrees warmer…but what about fall weather??
There are a number of factors that come into play:
Current temperature. Self-explanatory.
Temperature it will be by the end of the run/race. Sometimes it warms up if the sun is coming out during your run or race.
Wind chill factor. Wind is a huge factor for me when it gets chilly out because for whatever reason, my ears are super sensitive. I know if it’s below 50 degrees with any kind of wind that I need something to cover up my ears.
Wait time. When you’re at a busy race or a fun run, you may be outside an hour or more before running.
Post run. I’m not quite sure of the science behind it, but sometimes after long runs you feel freezing. That’s how I was after my half-marathon last year.
Make sure you take all of those things into account when leaving the house for your fall run or race!
Now here is some of my favorite Target® C9 fall gear this year!
1. Target® C9 Mesh Short with Compression
These shorts have a truly amazing combination. First of all, they have the benefit of the compression which has been shown to promote blood flow and prevent swelling. Then they have the benefit of not having to show off your rear end to the entire world with super tight shorts..or is that just me?
You can also look at it the other way where you have an awesome, flowy running short that has the benefit of an extra layer so your booty doesn’t get too cold. Perfect for the fall weather, right?
2. Target® C9 Premium Pullover
This is my absolute favorite running jacket. It’s lightweight, has tons of specific spots for breathability and the key factor: thumb holes.
When the jacket zips up, it basically forms a turtleneck so it’s quite warm. Then of course it can be unzipped when you need to cool off a bit. Perfect for fall weather, right?
There’s even a zipper pocket on the back of the sweatshirt. I wouldn’t put more than maybe a key and tissues in it (<—essential for colder weather running!) because unless the pullover is tight on you, the items will bounce around and become uncomfortable.
3. Target® C9 Running Socks
Okay, these aren’t fall specific, but I need to tell you about these socks.
These socks have compression around the arch, which as we said before is good for blood flow and swelling (believe me, your feet swell after running 7 miles). They also have extra padding around the toes which are very susceptible to injury AND they have a shield of extra fabric around the heels to protect against blisters. These running socks are even breathable and wick moisture.
I think that about covers every foot issues while running!
I am fairly certain I own all the colors of this sock because I wear them on a daily basis. I even spied online that they have a new running sock with “double heel shield!” Excuse me while I head over to order a pack (or three!).
Wish me luck on my race this weekend!
[ Lovely group run in Des Moines with some lovely ladies! <3 ]
What do you wear for fall running?
Do you have any upcoming races or are you done for the year?
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