Fall Running Essentials To Get You Geared Up

By Christine Luff

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As the temperatures drop and the hours of daylight decrease, I’m excited to start breaking out clothes and gear for my absolute favorite running season.

Since I started running on my middle school cross country team many years ago, I’ve always loved the sights, smells, feel, and sounds of Fall running. The cool weather, beautiful changing leaves, and thoughts of a post-run pumpkin spice latte all inspire me to log more miles in the Fall.

While I absolutely love Fall running, dressing appropriately for the ever-changing weather can be a challenge. You can experience warm, cool, windy, and wet weather -- sometimes all within the same run! Fortunately, I’ve found some key pieces that work just perfectly.

Here, check out some of my favorite Baleaf running essentials that are ideal for staying comfortable and ready for anything during Fall runs.

Fleece Half-Zip Thumbhole Compression Long Sleeved Shirt

Fleece Half-Zip Thumbhole Compression Long Sleeved Shirt

(Comes in 9 colors and 7 sizes ranging from XS to 3XL.)

Just say the word “fleece” and I automatically think warm and cozy, and that’s exactly what you get with this long-sleeved shirt.

Perfect for Fall running, it’s extremely soft, comfortable, and just the right weight for the cool weather. I also love that it has a half zipper, which is super convenient for regulating my temperature during cool Fall runs. I start out the run with it zipped all the way up, but then slowly start unzipping it to increase ventilation as I warm up along the way. The half-zip also makes it easy to remove the shirt mid-run if you really warm up and want to run in your lighter layer underneath it.

It also has two zippered pockets, which you might expect with a jacket, but don’t usually get with this type of shirt. With so many cool colors to choose from, it’s hard to stop with just one of these shirts!

Fleece Half-Zip Thumbhole Compression Long Sleeved ShirtFleece Half-Zip Thumbhole Compression Long Sleeved Shirt

· Soft Fleece

· Half Zipper

· Soft Fleece
· Half Zipper

Fleece Half-Zip Thumbhole Compression Long Sleeved ShirtFleece Half-Zip Thumbhole Compression Long Sleeved Shirt

· Soft Fleece

· Half Zipper

· Thumbholes

· Two Zippered Pockets

· Thumbholes
· Two Zippered Pockets

Fleece Half-Zip Thumbhole Compression Long Sleeved ShirtFleece Half-Zip Thumbhole Compression Long Sleeved Shirt

TESTIMONIAL:

Jennifer E ★★★★★

"I have been more than pleased with the BALEAF Women's Thermal Fleece Half Zip Running Pullover. I bought it in the Fall for my winter runs and it did not disappoint. I told myself in the fall that I would wait until spring to write my review. I would say, if if you are using for winter runs and need to layer a thermal underneath, definitely go a size up. It is super snug. It's a nice, thick quality item."

Other recommendations:

Lightweight Pocketed Windbreaker

V-Neck Raglan Quick-Dry Long-Sleeved Shirt with Thumbholes

V-Neck Raglan Quick-Dry Long-Sleeved Shirt with Thumbholes

(Comes in 3 colors and 6 sizes ranging from XS to 2XL.)

Fall running means that I get to use one of my favorite running shirt features: Thumbholes!

I’m so excited when the weather is cool enough that I can slip my thumbs through the thumbholes of a long sleeve running shirt like this one. Not only do they provide a little warmth for your hands on a chilly run, but the thumbholes make it super easy to pull on another layer when the weather gets colder.

In addition to the thumbholes, I also love this long-sleeved shirt’s wicking capabilities, which help keep it dry once I start sweating.

Another nice feature is the mesh panel on the top back, which prevents overheating on the run.

· Splicing mesh panel
· Raglan design

V-Neck Raglan Quick-Dry Long-Sleeved Shirt with Thumbholes

· Splicing mesh panel

· Raglan design

· Thumbholes

· V Neck

· Thumbholes
· V Neck

V-Neck Raglan Quick-Dry Long-Sleeved Shirt with Thumbholes

Other recommendations:

Evo UPF 50+ Breathable Raglan Tagless Long Sleeved Shirt w Thumbholes

Crew Neck Raglan Quick Dry Long Sleeved Shirt w Thumbholes

Evo Lightweight Mesh Paneled Pocketed 3/4 Running Capris

Evo Lightweight Mesh Paneled Pocketed 3/4 Running Capris

While I like running in skin-hugging capris and tights, I also appreciate capris and pants with a looser fit.

These capris are not skintight and they’re extremely comfortable for running and other activities, such as hiking and fitness walking.

They’re lightweight, moisture-wicking, and have side mesh panels, so you don’t overheat.

I like to run in looser capris like these when I have to do errands or meet a friend right after my run and don’t necessarily want to wear clothes that are obviously meant for exercise.

The side zippered pockets are convenient for stashing my phone, or even holding dog treats when I’m walking my pooch.

· Elastic waistband 
· Drawstring

Evo Lightweight Mesh Paneled Pocketed 3/4 Running Capris

· Elastic waistband 

· Drawstring

· Reflective element

· Mesh panel

· Reflective element
· Mesh panel

Evo Lightweight Mesh Paneled Pocketed 3/4 Running Capris

TESTIMONIAL:

JRCD ★★★★★

"This is my second pair - love the fit, comfort, look, ease of washing - EVERYTHING!!"

Other recommendations:

UPF50+ Adjustable Waist & Leg Outdoor Capris

Evo Mid Rise Seamless Quick Dry Mesh Tapered Joggers

High-Rise Squat-Proof Workout & Yoga Capris

High-Rise Squat-Proof Workout & Yoga Capris

(Comes in 5 colors and 6 sizes ranging from XS to 2XL.)

As soon as the weather starts to get a bit cooler, I love pulling out my capris, since they’re perfect for that in-between weather when I’d be too cold wearing shorts, but too warm in tights.

While these butter-soft capris can also be used for yoga or gym workouts, I frequently wear them for running. With a high waist and four-way stretch fabric, they fit well and are extremely comfortable.

These capris are squat-tested and I can confirm that, yes, they are definitely not see-through! They also have side pockets so I always have a place to stash my phone.

With an affordable price tag, I can get a few of them for the same price I would pay for one pair of similar quality capris somewhere else. Bonus: I don’t have to do laundry every day to make sure my capris are clean! 

· Front seam removed which allows you a greater range of motion

· Gusseted crotch ensures no camel toe

High-Rise Squat-Proof Workout & Yoga Capris

· Front seam removed which allows you a greater range of motion

· Gusseted crotch ensures no camel toe

· 2 side pockets

· 1 hidden back pocket

· 2 side pockets
· 1 hidden back pocket

High-Rise Squat-Proof Workout & Yoga CaprisHigh-Rise Squat-Proof Workout & Yoga Capris

TESTIMONIAL:

Caroline ★★★★★

"A great fit. I purchased a size larger then what was suggested. 5’4” 170lb XL fit perfectly w/ a little wiggle room. Didn’t want skin tight leggings. This size was a perfect balance. Able to tuck my phone in the pocket and go for walks & bike rides without feeling weighted down and never have to readjust. The material feels soft and not the kind that will form those small ball fibers in the crotch area like my $40 pair of athleta legging capris"

Other recommendations:

Evo High Rise Non-see-through Pocketed 3/4 Capri

High Rise Bottom Contour Pocketed Capris

Lightweight Wind- & Waterproof Removable Hood Track Jacket

Lightweight Wind- & Waterproof Removable Hood Track Jacket

(Comes in 4 colors and 5 sizes ranging from S to 2XL.)

A quality running jacket is something you’d think you’d have to splurge on, but this one is surprisingly affordable. And it’s just the right amount of protection you need for running in the Fall, when you can suddenly find yourself in wet or windy conditions.

The outer layer is ideal for wind protection and water resistance, and there’s even a removable hood with a drawstring if you want to cover your head.

I also love the two zippered hand pockets, which are perfect for stashing my long run essentials such as my phone, gels, credit card, and tissues.

This jacket is also very packable, so it’s perfect for taking along on Fall weekend getaways.

· Water resistant

Lightweight Wind- & Waterproof Removable Hood Track Jacket

· Water resistant

· 2 side zippered pockets

· Adjustable cuffs

· 2 side zippered pockets
· Adjustable cuffs

Lightweight Wind- & Waterproof Removable Hood Track Jacket

TESTIMONIAL:

Kristen ★★★★★

"
Exactly what I was looking for! Ordered this jacket for our UTV excursions. Its lightweight enough to be folded up and place in our cargo carrier, and it fit perfectly!"

Other recommendations:

Writer's bio: 

Running coach, avid runner, and fitness writer Christine Luff is an RRCA-certified running coach and ACE-certified personal trainer. Founder of the website RunForGood.com and author of the book Run for Good: How to Create a Lifelong Running Habit, she coaches runners, from beginners to advanced, who are training for races, from 5Ks to marathons.