8 Runners on Why Fall is Their Favorite Running Season

3 IT’S EASIER TO BREATHE

“This sounds simple, but it’s a game-changer,” notes Channing Muller, a heart attack survivor and avid half-marathoner. “I live in the South, so running in the summer is a test of both heart function and lung capacity. Some runs are fun, but some are a flat-out slog where it feels like I’m trying to breathe through a wet blanket. But then the fall starts to creep up and I find myself breezing through the very routes (and hills) that used to test my lungs. Easier breathing means longer distances are in my life again.”

4 YOU CAN REAP THE BENEFITS OF SUMMER TRAINING

“There’s a reason why so many major running events are hosted in the fall,” says Kim Brown, who has run the Boston and Chicago marathons, among others. “Depending on where they live, runners tend to be at their best during the fall. Summer running can be physically demanding on anyone because, well, it’s so hot. But if you continue with your workouts and dial your pace back by a few seconds to adjust for the heat, when the cooler weather sets it, you kind of feel invincible. You feel like you’re exerting far less energy, but are able to run faster because your body isn’t working so hard to keep cool.”

5 ROADS AND TRAILS ARE LESS COVERED

“Fewer people go outside to run after August,” observes Ruggero Loda, a runner and running shoe blogger. “Since I’m an outdoor runner who loves being alone in nature, this is a big bonus for me. I think that with COVID-19, it’ll be especially quiet on the forest trails I love to frequent around my home.”

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