By Dan Gardner, TOCA Special Running Correspondent
Fall is here and what can make a beautifully colored-leaf day even better? How about a jog/run or walk? Early morning fall running can be a wonderful experience. Get out there and enjoy the day.
Here are some fall running tips shared with me from Hall of Fame cross country coach Gerry Smith:
* Get your fall wardrobe ready by some “fun” shopping. A light long sleeve top is always a nice touch. And how about a bright orange set of shorts?
* You still need to hydrate, even though it is cooler. And find some friends to run/jog/walk with who like to push a faster pace. As you grow in your own healthy experience, it will do wonders for your own confidence.
* Dress in reflective gear, and possibly use a flashlight. And because the weather is so unpredictable for most parts of the United States, as fall wears on keep an eye on the weather. Rain and/or strong winds can make for a tough run. Watch for puddles and even some slippery conditions.
* Enjoy nature. Sometimes get off the roads and head into the forest or truly cross country.
Feel free to contact me – Dan Gardner at firstname.lastname@example.org - your TOCA running editor. I have a multitude of ideas and my advice is free. Because I am semi-retired, I have plenty of time to help you with your physical fitness – except when I’m running.
Finally - to help make TOCA the best membership association it can be - keep that brain working as you get very much needed exercise and formulate how YOU can play a part in making TOCA the best association it can be. Until next time, be well, be smart, be healthy and be TOCA!
Photo credit: Minneapolis Running