Florida fall running, you ask? Do Floridians even have fall? The answer is “not really,” but since we do actually observe the season (starting today, in fact), here are some of my favorite things about running in the Sunshine State in autumn.
Florida falls don’t really get cold. In fact, our temperatures stay very much like summer, most of the time. However, we do get cold fronts, which is a welcome relief, and something to which we can look forward. Cold fronts in fall are a little bit of a treat, and I’m excited about our first one of the season, sett to hit on Thursday! I’ll take those cuts in humidity any way I can!
When the humidity decreases, so do the bugs! It’s positively blissful to run without mosquitoes, no-seeums, yellow flies, and other stinging menaces. Sure, the weather isn’t crisp by any stretch of the imagination, but bug-free is a huge positive.
Florida Fall Scenery Stays Green
Don’t get me wrong: I love the look of changing fall foliage, and happily plan trips to see the trees in action. However, those brilliant colors fade, die, and fall to the ground, to either clump in soggy piles, or crisp up into dust. It can be a sad visual segue to winter. However, in Florida, the trees stay green year round, and many of our flowering plants thrive in fall. It’s different, but
The Race Calendars Are Packed
Fall is when Florida race calendars ramp up. Once October hits, we start to see races every weekend (even multiple events), and longer distances make their appearance. It’s still tank top and shorts weather, but we can take advantage of 10Ks and half marathons, which is a blessing after the 5Ks of summer. Marathon season doesn’t hit until winter, but that’s ok!
What’s your favorite part of fall running?
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