There is no better time of year to start running than autumn. Running trainer Susan Baumbach also knows this: “Especially for beginners, autumn is the perfect time”, says Baumbach. “One does something for one’s health by moving around regularly in the fresh air at this time when it’s so popular to sit on the couch at home.”
However, the positive effect of walking is not limited to the time directly after the unit. Because according to Baumbach, anyone who runs in autumn lays the foundation stone for an all-round sporting year.
So you start into spring with the first positive running experiences in autumn and winter. When the first road races over five or ten kilometres are due, the first steps towards becoming a year-round runner are a thing of the past.
If you run through autumn and winter, you will not only train your running legs – the rest of your body and above all your soul will also benefit from spending time in the fresh air. “One goes through this time with a completely different power. The classic feeling of being bloated and sluggish at Christmas time is missing, and the probably most frequent New Year’s resolution to do sport and live healthier has already been implemented before 1 January,” says Baumbach.
In this way one could also counteract the New Year’s bacon. “Exercise in the fresh, cool air automatically increases your desire for a fresh, healthy diet.” So get into your running clothes, even if autumn is still so dreary and grey.
In autumn it is important to choose the right running clothes. It must be breathable, water-repellent, but not too warm. The expert swears especially by a good running undershirt that fits snugly to the body, a thin, warm intermediate layer and – very important – a wind- and water-repellent, tight jacket.
With the latter it is worthwhile to dig a little deeper into your pocket instead of investing in several medium-quality jackets. Important: Don’t wrap it too thick.
“If you run off in such a way that you don’t freeze, it takes about 15 minutes until it’s too warm,” says Baumbach. “So always dress in such a way that you freeze for the first five minutes and shiver for another ten minutes. Then it usually fits, and you feel comfortable running in the fall.”
A headgear is also important to avoid catching a cold in autumn. At the feet Baumbach pays attention to high-quality shoes for good step security. “Goretex shoes guarantee warm, dry feet and usually also have a different profile, which also increases surefootedness on snow,” she assures us with a view towards winter.
- Choose the right running clothes: Breathable, water-repellent, but not too warm – these are the key words for the autumn running outfit. A tight-fitting running undershirt, a thin intermediate layer and a windproof and waterproof jacket.
- Make sure you wear the correct shoes: High-quality shoes are a must for good surefootedness. The footwear should provide the necessary profile on muddy surfaces or snow-covered stretches.
- Drink even more: If the air is very dry in the cold, joggers lose a lot of fluid through breathing during training. Therefore: Drink a lot before training and replenish your fluid balance quickly afterwards.
- Running together: Especially in the dark season it helps to go on the track with two or more people. Running together motivates and simply makes more fun.
- New training options: Trail-running and cross-country races have their season start in autumn. This not only brings variety and a lot of fun – you also get to know the surroundings from a completely new perspective.
In spite of all these positive running aspects, there is always one or the other reason to stop putting on your running shoes in the evening. Maybe the working day was long and exhausting? It’s wet and cold outside? Even then, there are some tricks to outsmart the mind.
The running expert recommends joining a group to fight together through the first units and cheer each other on. “This is especially advantageous in the dark season of the year. If there is no street lighting, running with two or more people is much more relaxed”, says the founder of the team “Lauf-Freude“.
Although Baumbach loves running in groups and has already made some friends run, she also uses her hobby as a personal time-out. “She says, “Running clears your head, and then there is room again for the essential, for the beautiful and the positive,” Baumbach says. If you still don’t like running in the dark, you can also choose an illuminated running track, which is often found in Germany.