Fall’s colder temperatures and darker mornings require different running gear than the minimal gear of summer running. Today I want to share with you some of the fall running gear that I’m using lately!
Can we just talk about how awesome and versatile arm warmers are? I love them for when the weather is chilly but not cold enough for long sleeves – which is the weather most mornings in Seattle. They transition tank tops into fall and are perfect for hard workouts when you know you will warm up. During very cold runs, you can layer them with a tank under a jacket (which is what I do with my Patagonia Houdini on rainy winter runs).
My favorite arm warmers have built-in thumb holes to keep them in place and for added warmth on my hands. (Because if it’s cold enough to need long sleeves, chances are my hands will be cold also.)
I received a Lululemon giftcard for my birthday (thank you so much, Meredith!) and used it for these Swiftly arm warmers. I adore them. They’re warm yet breathable, soooo soft and comfortable, and passed the rainy run test! (Everything I wear to run is subjected to the rainy run test, because it won’t stop raining here in Seattle. Ever.)
Yes, it sounds weird to say I’m loving mace, but after losing my mace a few weeks ago (I, um, sometimes use it to balance my phone for photos), I’m happy to have a new bottle for my runs. With the darker mornings, mace helps me feel more comfortable with running in the dark. I strap it in my hand for quick use and as a warning sign – mess with me and I won’t hesitate to mace you in the face.
(I’ve never had to use mace on a run, but I’m a firm believer in being prepared for the worst case scenario. It’s a sad reality that we live in where I need to carry mace on a run and my husband does not, but rather than complain about that, I equip myself. I’m not about to retreat indoors or stop running because there are a few a-holes in the world.)
I purchased Sabre runner’s mace and already love how ergonomic it is. The mace is light, fits, easily in my hand, and has a safety switch so I don’t accidentally mace myself in the face.
If you don’t already run with mace, please invest in some. The ability to defend yourself if need be on a run will provide you with protection and peace of mind. This Sabre mace cost under $15 on Amazon and will last up to 4 years. It’s worth the peace of mind to carry the few extra ounces on your runs.
I recently dug out my Knuckle Lights to light my morning run. Between these and my mace, there’s no reason to shy away from running outside during this time of year. I only carry one on my runs, but one is bright enough to light my path and make me visible to vehicles and cyclists. These lightweight handheld lights have 3 settings: high beam, low beam, and flashing. I usually only run with one, and we keep the other in our hiking backpacks for camping trips.
Moji Foot Pro
I received a Moji Foot Pro as part of the swag bag at the Rise.Run.Retreat and have used it almost daily since. I set it under my desk and massage my feet during the day. Ever since my sprain, my arch and heel get tight after longer runs or harder workouts. There’s a good amount of pain involved in using the foot massager (as there is with any sort of sports massage) but it’s so worth it to keep my feet healthy through marathon training.
Gear Well EnduraPouch
In an effort to be more environmentally friendly, I stopped purchasing individual packets of Hammer gel. Instead, I buy the large bottle (also more budget-friendly!) and measure out how much I need for any given long run into this reusable pouch. The pouch fits comfortably into the pocket of my favorite Saucony shorts and my SPIbelt. I love how I don’t have to haul around several gels and how I can easily sip at my fuel as I need (which is how you should take gel – don’t swallow the whole gel at once!). This pouch is dishwasher safe, which makes cleaning it easy.
I’ve mentioned this pouch several times already, and for good reason. Beyond it being a product that I use every week, my husband owns the company! Ryan designed this pouch to sell as part of his line of outdoor gear after I complained about how annoying it was to carry several gels in a race, how I hated the waste from the wrappers, and how I struggled to open gel packets when I lost dexterity during long runs and races. Be on the look out for a full review soon!
Enduropacks Electrolyte Spray
I have finally found the sports nutrition products that work for me: Hammer gels and Enduropacks Electrolyte Spray. Since January, I have relied on these two products for long runs and races.
I’m a salty sweater and need electrolytes during long runs and races to prevent under-hydration and cramping. But my stomach is also sensitive when I run, so I avoid traditional sports drinks. But after the Portland Marathon, I knew I needed to take in more electrolytes than my gels offered. Enduropacks offered the perfect solution to my hydration conundrum.
I carried this spray in my pocket at Leaf Peeper and (as Tina once suggested on her blog) sprayed it into my mouth or water cup as I ran. If you look closely in the photo, you can see it in the side pocket of my shorts – but the spray is so light that you barely notice it when you do carry it.
On its own, this spray has a slight mineral taste, but it is completely flavorless when you add it to water. Since it contains no carbs, sugar, or calories, you can use it with any other type of fuel – gels, chews, dried fruit, etc.
Use the code THISRUNNERSRECIPES to receive 20% off the Enduropacks Electrolyte Spray (good for one use per customer).
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What gear are you loving this fall?