4 Things I Love About Running in the Fall.

Oh goodness you guys. This morning’s run was absolutely fantastic! The weather was incredible and it definitely made my legs and feet all kinds of happy. I am hoping this fall weather stays around and blesses us for a while. Thank you baby Jesus.


Fall I have to say is my favorite time of year. Fall foliage, boots and scarves and all things pumpkin. The colors of nature to me just come alive. I am all about it. Here are just a few things that I love about fall running.

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This pic was from November of last year. But isn’t it beautiful? I simply cannot wait until the leaves change into this shade down in TX.

The weather cooling off just a tad after enduring crazy hot temps all summer long. As the weather cools off especially in the mornings I can feel my legs moving just a bit faster too. That hard work and dedication does pay off.

Feeling the fall leaves underneath my feet. It’s a autumn lovers paradise.

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Getting to wear layers again. As you know in Texas for about 4-5 months out of the year (and sometimes longer) we are wearing nothing but flip flops, tanks and shorts. So when I get to bust out my half zip tops I get excited because it is oh so rare.

ALL OF THE RACES. We have so many races coming up around this time of year in Texas. I love the fall themed ones like the Pumpkin Spice 15k and Halloween fun runs. And of course fall marathons are just the best way to celebrate running 26.2 style.

What are some things you love about running in the fall?

Published by thedancingrunner

Marathon runner & group fitness instructor at 24 Hour Fitness. Passionate about family, friends, traveling. Loves destination races. Loves dining out, cooking in, being around down to earth people, writing, sunrises.

27 thoughts on “4 Things I Love About Running in the Fall.

  1. Ok, I’m going to ask a perhaps silly question, but to get to that speed level (running 8 min. miles), do you run consistently for 7 miles? Or is it ever possible to break it up with short walking/jogging breaks? Still a newbie runner and cannot fathom running 8 min. miles back to back for 5, let alone 7 miles. You, my friend, are a rock star!! 🙂

    1. Aw thank you lady! That is very sweet…I have been running for a long time so it has taken me a while to build up to this point where I can maintain that pace at that distance and etc. I recommend speed work and definitely take walk breaks when you need to! Baby steps. It’s all about balance and building up to get to that point. You will get there, just be patient with your body and keep at it! I’m always here if you need motivation!

  2. I think those of us in hotter, more humid areas (I’m in NC) appreciate the cooler temps of fall more so than other people who don’t have oppressively hot summers that we do- that’s not to say that others don’t appreciate fall. Those of us in the south are just SO ready for cooler runs!

  3. There is something special about running in the cool morning air. My only hurdle is that the sun comes up so much later making it harder to run during the week. However, the evening runs and sunsets are just as eye catching as the AM.

    1. I’m so thankful for my running buddies and headlamp for my early runs! Even though it’s dark I’m still team early run but I still love to run in the afternoons/evening on double run days 😉

  4. For me, it’s the incredible scenery with the changing of the leaves…the PNW is absolutely spectacular in the fall and the trail I regularly run is blazing with color, nothing like a crisp sunny morning on the trail with the trees changing…but I also like the damp, light rain, misty mornings that we often get in October and November. Have a great week!

  5. A lot of good reasons to love running in fall. I agree with the excitement about cooler weather, though we only get whiffs of it in South Florida until about end November.
    Awesome run this morning!
    One thing I’ll add to this list is new fuel available in fall… of course all the fun coffee, pumpkin spice meals, but also warmer meals all around. No more cool gazpacho or salads or yogurt and fruit in the morning. Bring out the oatmeal, pot pies, and casseroles! (I don’t know, that may just be me 🙂 )

  6. Loved your pictures!! I love the smell of Fall-there is something about the leaves and the cooler air that I look forward too each year! And my pace usually goes down at least 30 seconds per mile once the humidity disappears-gotta love that!

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