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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Sounds like a busy race season ahead, Jenn!
Our fall is usually very nice: we have icy cold mornings, but when the sun comes up, it feels nice and warm. I love when the trees change colours…. but you are right – it does get kind of sad after a few weeks when the trees are bare. We should all come to Florida!
Lisa @ Mile by Mile says
I love fall running! I’ve been to Florida in November and I remember it feeling much cooler than usual. Its always such a welcome relief when the humidity finally breaks after a long summer of hot runs.
Darlene S. Cardillo says
I love the changing of colors and the abundance of races.
Not a fan of the decreasing daylight. Sigh.
Deborah Brooks says
well less bugs and more races sounds good to me! Enjoy your cooler temps down there
Michelle D. says
I love everything about fall in New England! I’m looking forward to the cooler temps, though I wish it were still light out early in the am.
So many awesome perks of running in the fall! I love it! Hopefully fall brings you some relief from that Florida heat!
What!!! You’re having a cool front already? Let me just check our weather in South Florida…. let’s see, rainy… steamy…. sweltering… no, no cool fronts here yet! We probably won’t cool down till the end of October.
Enjoy it- I love that first morning run when the temps and humidity have dropped and the air feels so fresh! Hope you get in some awesome runs.
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Fewer bugs <3
The changing leaves were what I missed most when I moved out of the Northeast. Japan sort of had seasons, but it wasn't the same.
Erica @ Erica Finds says
I love everything about fall running when the humidity goes down and the cool air comes in!
Fall running is my favorite! Although in Indiana, it is very short lived – we often get snow in October!
I don’t know what that’s like!