fFall is my favorite time of year. I love the colored leaves on the trees and the cooler weather on my runs. But I always struggle when the temps first start getting cold. You know, that temp where you think “oh, I need a long sleeve shirt” and then less than a mile into the run, you are regretting your clothing choice. Yeah, that weather. For me, that temp range is the 50s. Below that, I can wear a long sleeve half zip and be comfortable with just unzipping. Above that, I just wear a tank top with my skirts.
But I’ve found an new answer to the problem. (The answers used to be 1) arm sleeves, 2) freeze when I first start out, or 3) overheat by the end of the run.
Anyways, the new answer is the Skirt Sports Bolero. (affiliate link). I wasn’t sure I wanted one, but it has so many cool features that I couldn’t resist:
- Super lightweight yet warm
- Hi visibility reflective fabric with Flyaway Print
- Wind and water resistant
- Easy stash before and after workout (you can roll it up and stick it in a skirt pocket!)
- UV 50+
I took it out on a run yesterday. It was about 60 degrees, but really windy. I knew a tank top was appropriate for the run, but I was chilly and having a hard time getting out there. The bolero was perfect! I only wore it for the first mile and then tied it loosely around my waist. It did not move at all, it was super lightweight, and there was not a lot of extra material flopping around my body whil I ran. Total win! I have a feeling this will get used a LOT this fall. If you want to try one (or any of the other gorgeous fall options, use code FALL20WIN for 20% off!
My other new favorite is totally not something I would have bought myself. I was given the Nathan Zephyr Fire 100 Torch (affiliate link) as a gift and first used it at this year’s Ragnar DC.
I loved it! I always run with water, so it was nice to have something for just one hand. I found it super comfortable to hold and it was plenty bright, especially combined with my headlamp. I love that in addition to the front light, it has a rear blinking back light as well as a rather loud alarm you can set off if needed.
I will say that if you run with this, you need to make sure your arms move back and forth, rather than across your body. Otherwise you are not shining the light in front of you. I’m going to call this a bonus as it helps you work on your form.
I haven’t bought a lot of new running recently, so I’m thrilled that these two have been such a win for me. I’m totally set for cooler, darker weather!
Of course, this is Virginia, so you know I’ll be dealing with at least one more temp spike this year. Looks like it’s going to be for MCM, sigh. 6 days and counting.
Disclaimer: I am a Skirt Sports Ambassador, so I get a discount on their items. They did not request that I write this post.