The countdown to the Philadelphia Marathon (half-marathon and 8K!) is on and we can’t wait to run this city with you. From Center City to West Philadelphia and Fairmount Park out to Manayunk, we’re looking forward to a weekend of fun, sweat and cheers with the best running community around.
Since the race is only getting closer, we’re kicking off Marathon Month with a ‘Runner’s Checklist’ to help you get everything you need for the big day.
Mizuno Updates Are In! Here’s What You Need To Know…
Gearing up for a fall race? Whether you’re running the Rock & Roll Half Marathon or the Philadelphia Full Marathon, choosing the right gear and shoes for your training runs and race day will definitely improve your experience.
If you’ve been training in the Mizuno Wave Rider or Wave Inspire, you’ll be happy to know that both shoes have updated in time for your fall races!
In addition to great shoes, Mizuno has released a new fall apparel line — featuring it’s Breath Thermo technology — to outfit you from head to toe. Read more →
The end of summer is sadly approaching and in a few months we’ll be swapping our tanks and shorts for long-sleeves and insulated pants. Yikes.
Although cold weather seems pretty far out, you’ll want to prepare yourself for those chilly fall runs that will be here before you know it. We’ve complied a short list of fall essentials you need to keep your training program on course — and off the treadmill! Read more →
We pride ourselves at Philadelphia Runner in outfitting our customers in the proper running gear for whatever distance you’re training for. We encourage you to run in whatever length of short feels most comfortable, however, we also want you to expand your comfort zone. Hopefully, after reading this post you’ll be convinced to buy split shorts for your next event. Read more →
The past couple weeks, nature has been signaling to us that fall is coming. Is it just us or have the days gotten significantly shorter in the past two weeks? With the shorter days are coming chillier temperatures; all that gear that worked great for the summer weather won’t cut it for 45-degree mornings.
For most of us here at Philadelphia Runner, fall is our favorite season for running. But, without the proper gear, the crisp air, falling leaves, and cooler temperatures may feel a little less than ideal.
Luckily, we’re here to help you get in gear for the best running months of the year. Here’s what you need to maximize your fall training and racing:
New Shoes: How long have you had your current pair of running shoes? If you’ve had them since the spring, you may be due for a new pair. Depending on how much you’re running, you probably want to get a new pair every 3-6 months. An easy way to remember when to change shoes: Get a new pair at the beginning of each season.
As always, our staff at Philadelphia Runner is here to help you find the best pair of shoes for your training. Power up your fall training and racing with some fresh sneakers and cushioning on your feet:
Baselayer: Over the past few weeks, mornings and evenings have been getting chillier. As we move through October and November, the days will get shorter ,the leaves will begin to fall, and most mornings will be 35-50 degrees. Those temperatures call for upgrades to your running wardrobe. One perfect item for fall mornings and evenings is a light, long-sleeve baselayer. Luckily, we have a variety of perfect options in our stores. Do you need a half-zip or will a technical long-sleeve shirt suit your needs? If you run early in the mornings or late in the evenings, maybe you want some reflective material on your baselayer.
A good, technical baselayer can be the difference between an enjoyable fall long run an unpleasant shiver-fest. Keep yourself dry, warm, and chafing free with a good technical base layer.
Men: Nike Element Half-Zip, Asics Thermopolis Half-Zip, Gore Air 4.0 LS (pictured), Nike
Women: Sugoi Speedster 3 Asics Thermopolis Half-Zip, Nike Dri-Fit Knit Long Sleeve Half Zip, Wmns Seamless LS (pictured)
Tights/Long Pants: Fall is a tricky season when it comes to deciding what to wear on your legs. On a 50-60-degree day, nothing is better to pair with a long sleeve than shorts. Your legs will warm up as you run and the last thing you want is to overheat on your run.
However, some days demand more than shorts. Nature willing, we won’t see temperatures in the next two months to break out your fleece-lined or wind-proof pants and tights. Nonetheless, you can make a fall morning run much more pleasant with a thin pair of tights or pants to keep your legs and muscles warm without overheating after a couple miles.
Outer Shell—Not all days are sunny and calm; sometimes a little rain and wind threaten to get in the way of training. With one simple fix: a lightweight, water-resistant, and wind-resistant outer shell, you can go out in the rain and enjoy your run in the process. Many shells also contain great reflective materials so you can still be seen on darker, rainy days. Scared of overheating? Fear not as all of our shells have ample venting to keep you cool and dry.
Options: Men: New Balance Hi Viz Beacon Jacket, Nike Vapor Jacket, Brooks Essential Run Jacket
Women: New Balance Hi Viz Beacon Jacket (pictured), Sugoi Versa Jacket, Brooks Nightlife LSD Lite Jacket.
Reflective Vest/Lights—The days are getting shorter and not all of us can be lucky enough to run during daylight. For most people, you may be starting or ending your runs in the dark. Darkness presents obvious safety concerns. If you find yourself running where there are cars, having some lights and reflective material on your body can keep you safe. What’s more is that these things don’t have to be cumbersome or even noticeable when you wear them. A simple, light reflective vest or tail-light should be all you need to get the attention of drivers.
Hydration—Fall is marathon season. If you’re reading this, you are likely participating in one of the races the weekend of the Philadelphia Marathon. If so, you’re probably doing long runs in excess of 90 minutes. Even though the weather is cool, you will still sweat once you get moving and your body heats up. Make sure you are able to replenish what you lose with a handheld water bottle or hydration belt.
Missing any of the above gear from your closet? We have a great selection of everything you need to get the most out of your fall running. Trust us, October and November are the months that made us fall in love with running (they call it “fall” for a reason). The changing leaves and fall sunrises/sunsets are best experienced (in our humble opinion) on the run With the proper gear, chilly mornings and evenings will never get you down so you can take in the beauty of the season along with us!