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Must-Have Gear for the Transition to Fall Running

When you live in the south, you never know what you're going to get when it comes to season changes. There are years that we welcome fall with 90 degree days wearing flip flops and tank tops. Other times mother nature delivers on the seasonal weather and gives us crisp mornings and lower humidity that make you think about breaking out the scarves and the boots.

It seems this year we're getting a healthy dose of fall weather right in timing with the first days of fall. While most runners are rejoicing in the break in temperatures after a long, hot summer of running, it can be a difficult time of year to dress to run. You might find yourself needing a little more coverage but you heat up quickly once you get going so you don't want too much.

I stopped by Omega Sports in the newly renovated Park Road Shopping Center today to check out a few transition pieces that can ease us into fall running.

Nike Element Half-Zip ($65), Nike Women's Tempo Shorts ($30), Nike Women's Featherlite Visor ($22)


I often find that I'm able to run in shorts until temperatures dip down into the 30s or 40s but coverage on top keeps me comfortable. This Nike Element Half-Zip is a great midweight top that is functional and allows you to move freely. It's breathable, sweat-wicking and has my favorite feature of all time...thumbholes! This is a great overall piece to add to your fall running wardrobe. You can wear it on the run, take it off and tie it around your waist or wear it pre- or post-run around town as you run errands.

Mizuno Breath Thermo Body Mapping Half-Zip Long Sleeve ($79.99), Brooks Essential 2 In 1 Short ($37.99)


I recruited sales associate Emory to model our men's look. Mizuno just released this new half zip in August 2014 and I love it! It's designed to work for any run from cool to cold by using body vapors to generate warmth and a body mapping design to regulate temperature. Fancy, huh?

Mizuno Breath Thermo Body Mapping Half-Zip Long Sleeve ($79.99), Nike Relay Capri ($60)


Clearly the color of fall is purple! I fell in love with the women's version of the Mizuno half zip. It is so soft and really lightweight on the skin. You definitely don't feel smothered in this top. It's the perfect piece to transition to fall. This was also my first time testing the Nike Relay Crops and I was really impressed. They are designed for running feature a tight fit and fabric that wicks sweat away from the skin. They simultaneously keep you cool and warm at the same time. I loved the way they looked and felt on.

All of the items featured above can be found at Omega Sports in Park Road Shopping Center.

How does your running wardrobe change with the arrival of fall and cooler temperatures?