Why Fall Is the Best Time to Start Training For a Half Marathon

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Let’s be honest, fall running is the best.

The weather is cooler. You don’t sweat as much. You don’t have to worry about running really early or really late. Plus, there are a lot of fun and exciting fall races!

There are upsides and downsides to every season, but let’s admit it: We are excited and ready for fall.


But why is fall the best? Here are a few (of many! reasons:

No more heat. It’s not unbearably hot, but it’s not the brutally cold winter either. We can welcome back the Runch (run during lunch-time) or the early afternoon run. The fall usually brings cooler but pleasant temperatures, plus it’s not dark too early. It’s the perfect season to run.

It’s less crowded. Let’s be honest, during the summer more people are running on the trails, beaches, and at parks. As fall comes, people get busy with work and there are fewer people out. Plus, with the better weather, the time of day people run greatly differs. We love sharing the roads with fellow runners, but it’s nice to be able to zone out or have your own breathing room when you’re out.

Fall foliage. Fall is one of the most beautiful times of the year. There is no shortage or fall colors and foliage. There is something about yellow and orange leaves, and the crisp air that brings out the best in us.

Party pants. It’s time for new clothes for the season. Is the change of season an excuse to go shopping for anyone else? Now we can welcome in fall clothing like capris and pants. Why do long pants even matter? Well if you have a big relationship with body glide and thigh chafing in the summer months, you’ll understand why capris and pants are a big deal.

Distance races. This is halfmarathons.net after all. As much as we love summer racing, let’s be honest: Faster times and PRs happen often in the fall. This is partly because of the weather and partly because there is a half marathon almost every weekend. I mean, runners are crazy but who wants to run a summer half marathon when it’s 100 degrees?

Holiday rush. There are so many food holidays to fuel us! We kick off with Labor Day cookouts, then Halloween candy galore followed of course by stuffing ourselves on Thanksgiving (not before a turkey trot of course). The amount of delicious food to fuel us in the fall has no end, and we don’t want it to!

Like any season, there are both the positives and negatives. We can’t think of too many negatives for fall running, and we are welcoming crisp fall PRs and beautiful foliage this year!

Hollie Sick is an avid runner who’s completed more than 30 half marathons. Read her blog, or follow her on Facebook.

1 comment… add one
  • Danelle September 6, 2017, 12:46 pm

    Yes! Fall is THE best!!

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