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Fall is a favorite season for many runners, thanks to the comfortable weather and stunning scenery. And just like you’re guaranteed to see the leaves change colors, you’ll also be sure to spot certain types of autumnal exercisers. So next time you’re out leaf peeping, keep your eyes peeled for one of these runners—or maybe you’re one yourself?
The cool-weather competitor
Spring is too chilly, summer is too hot, but fall is just right for this runner’s races. She suffered through the heat of summer to train for her big events in autumn and now she’s tanned and toned and ready to set some new PRs. If you want to see her in September, your best bet is to cheer her on at the finish line every weekend.
The back-to-school babe
This mama makes the most out of her littles’ time at school. Some days she drops them off and then drives to the gym, some days she runs to the bus stop and walks home with them, and some days she takes a much-deserved hour to herself for a long run. This runner may have a million things to do in the precious few hours she has to herself but she always makes running a priority and is a better mom for it. And if her post-workout snack is milk and cookies with the kids, so be it.
Some people look forward to the foliage, others get happy for the holidays, but this runner is psyched for the smorgasbord of seasonal treats. From cider doughnuts to pumpkin pie, she treats herself to a taste of everything. She loves running year-round but ups her game this time of year to burn off all the cinnamon-sugar goodness. And just as she knows it’s important to balance out the indulgences with plenty of vegetables, she gets plenty of miles under her belt to make sure her belt still buckles by New Year’s Day.
The layer lady
Fall weather can be fickle, and getting dressed for a run can be next to impossible. But this runner has a closet full of clothes to combat anything Mother Nature throws her way. From her ultra-thin tops to her wind- and water-resistant jacket, she leaves the house with enough layers to keep her warm enough, cool enough, and always dry. Not to mention she’s so good at wrapping extraneous layers around her waist that her knot-tying skills rival a sailor’s.
This sun-kissed sister has blinders on to the cooler temps and fading light and will resist the changing seasons until the first leaf falls. She was out at high noon on the first day in June and relished running in the blazing heat. She dreads the transition and runs in shorts and a tank even when she shivers more than she sweats. This runner hits the pavement until the neighbors put out the pumpkins, and then she’s off to the treadmill in the climate-controlled gym, thank you very much.
The fall fanatic
This runner waits all year for her favorite season and makes every part of her run all about autumn. She gets ready with a pumpkin spice latte, shops for a new fall running wardrobe, and makes it a point to plan her route along the prettiest foliage. Her dream run? Mid-September. In an apple orchard. In Vermont.
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