5 Fall Running Essentials for Women Runners
Believe it or not but fall is creeping in here in New England. New Hampshire summer was cool and wet. It is a little hard to believe that it is already time to bundle up a bit more and think about safety on the run as the daylight hours grow shorter. Check out my Friday 5 picks this week for some essential items that you may want to add into your running closet.
5 fall running essentials
Wearsafe Tag #ReclaimYourRun #WeRunSafe
Feeling safe when you are running is always of concern especially for women runners. I was super excited when Wearsafe reached out to me and asked me to join their ambassador team. What is Wearsafe? A Wearsafe Tag is a Wearable button (or you can put it on your key chain) that you pairs with an app on your phone. The Wearsafe Tag is water resistant and works within a 200 Ft of your phone to provide realtime information when you press the button.
“Once you press the Tag, the Bluetooth-paired app sends an alert to your most trusted allies. You choose who you call in an emergency — your friends, coworkers, family — and set up each unlimited network for different situations. Use the Tag, or send an alert right from the home screen. “
You choose who you want the alerts to go out to so that help can be coordinated if you have an emergency. With the press of a button your Wearsafe tag provides your location, audio, and connects to a group chat so that help can be received. The members of your groups will also have access to your medical information if needed.
To find out more about this great safety device for runners head on over to Wearsafe
Skirt Sports Wonder Wool Collection
I have been a Skirt Sports Ambassador for a long time now because I just love this company and their products so much. Founded by Triathlete Nicole DeBoom, Skirt Sports makes running and athletic gear for Real Women of all shapes, sizes and abilities. She and her company always do an amazing job of listening to what their customers want and bringing new products into their lines based on what women runners need. The latest collection to be added is no different. Have you seen the new Skirt Sports Wonder Wool Collection. So far I have the Wonder Wool Tee and wonder Wool Long sleeve and I am in the love. First of all the fit of these shirts is fantastic. The fit is flattering but not too tight, comfortable for running and working out and the long sleeve even has thumbholes! Wool has come along way and is not longer itchy. The fabric in the Wonder Wool collection is a blend of polyester and Thermo-Wool terry and mesh fabrics. The fabrics are soft soft and breathable and provide extra warmth, perfect for cooler fall days. Take a peek at the Collection: Skirt Sports Wonder Wool.
Hoka One One Stinson ATR 4 Women’s Running Shoes
The Hoka One One Stinson ATR was my first pair of Hoka One One’s. I had always told my running friends I was not sure that I would ever try a maximal trail shoe. I finally gave in however and purchased the Stinson’s. I immediately fell in love. This was the best trail shoe that I had ever worn. Previously I had never found a trail shoe that offered traction like these. New Hampshire trails are often root and rock covered and when they are wet a trail running shoe without enough traction can spell disaster. The Hoka One One Stinson ATR was a game changer for me. I loved the maximal cushioning and the moderate stability provided by this shoe. The Heel to toe drop is 5.0 mm. These shoes have tightly packed lugs on the soles and are very durable. I have been running in this shoe on the trails and dirt roads. One thing that I love too is that these shoes now come in a wider variety of colors.
Embrace the Hill Trucker Hat from Run Far Gear
If you haven’t noticed the trucker hat trend is here to stay especially in the trail and mountain running communtiy. The designs of truckers have much improved over the earlier foam ill-fitting truckers that you intially think of. They now come in all colors and designs. Currently I am in love with Trucker hats that have a photo emblazoned on the front of the hat. My friend Sarah from Run Far Girl and Run Far Gear is a road runner who has now become hooked on running in the mountains and on trails. She is currently selling a Trucker Hat emblazoned with the words “Embrace the Hill,” a phrase she used to get her through a difficult time where one of her children needed extended medical care from our local hospitalChildren’s Hospital at Dartmouth Hitchcock. She has applied this phrase as a mantra to carry through difficult situations in life and in running. The photo pictured on the front is an early morning silhouette of Sarah in a strong pose on top of one of our local New Hampshire Mountains. 10% of all sales on Run Far Gear go to the Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth Hitchcock.
A Beautiful Work in Progress by Mirna Valerio
And cozy fall weather means that when your run is done its time to curl up with a good book to read. Now you can pre-order or purchase for your Kindle Ultra Runner, Mom, and Teacher Mirna Valerio’s new memoir, A Beautiful Work in Progress from Amazon.com. Mirna started out writing a blog FatGirlRunning to chronicle her running journey. She is now know for spreading body positivity and for her can do no quit attitude. She is currently featured on the cover of this months Women’s Running Magazine and in many ad campaigns for companies such as Skirt Sports, Lane Bryant, and Merrell. Mirna most recently competed in the Trans Rocky Run in Colorado and is a season Tough Mudder. She is an inspiration for women runners!
I can’t wait to read her book when it arrives in my mailbox soon,
“In this prejudice-busting, body-positive memoir told with raw honesty, an adventurous spirit, and a sharp sense of humor, Valerio takes readers along on her journey from first-time racer to ultramarathoner and proves that anyone can become a successful athlete.”
What are some of your favorite fall finds for running and working out?