I completed 15 miles on one of my favorite trails this past weekend and while I was running I thought of all the things that I needed to be cautious about while running during the Fall season. So I give you 5 REASONS TO BE CAUTIOUS DURING YOUR RUNS THIS FALL.
1. Frightening things like the decorations shown above. ( I just kid). But actually I was startled when I first saw this along my trail. It was removed for a few weeks so I wonder if someone had told the owners that it was frightening too many people?
2. Walnuts. ( okay, this is a serious one). If you run where there is a lot of trees ( like I do), you will notice that walnuts are falling off the trees like crazy. I literally just missed having one drop on my head while I was running the other day. It's not just falling walnuts that are a danger, there are plenty of them on the trail/road as well. I stumbled on one of them last week and rolled my ankle.
I see lots of apples on the road/trail as well and almost tripped over one of those too.
3. Leaves. I do most of my running on the trails and as lovely as it is to see the trail covered in leaves, it can be kind of dangerous too because 1.) They can be slippery and 2.) You can't always see what is under the leaves. I've stepped on leaves that had sticks underneath that flew up at me while I was running and the leaves also do a good job of hiding those fallen walnuts.
Even if you aren't running on trails, leaves are all over the sidewalks too. I just did a run yesterday through town and some sections of the sidewalks were covered in leaves. You need to be careful here too because you don't know what is underneath those leave. An uneven sidewalk perhaps!
4. I have found that fall brings more bicyclist out on the trail ( and boy do some of these bikers ride fast). I am often worried that one of them is going to run into me. I do try to stay to the right side when I run and I have my music on low so I can hear them coming up behind me.
5. This last one might be obvious, but since it isn't light as early and it gets darker earlier, you may want to be sure to carry a small flashlight or wear reflective clothing. I know on my one trail run, it started to get darker then I thought by the time I got back to my finish point.
Is there something that you are overly cautious about when running in the Fall?
We are linking up with the gals from the Friday 5.