Dear Fall Running…

Dear Fall Running,

I love you.  I love the cool, crisp air, after a hot and steamy summer.  I love the leaves falling as I run, and crunching underfoot.  I love the smells of fall.  I love the feel of fall.  My lungs love running and being able to breathe.  My skin loves the cool breeze.  I love the colors of the leaves changing.  I love seeing the squirrels gathering nuts for the winter.

I simply love every single thing about fall running.  I have had such a great week of running, and it’s only half done!  I had a great long run last weekend, absolutely gorgeous run in the fall rain, followed by 5 miles each on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday.  Each of those runs felt so amazing, like I could have kept going for twice as long.  I didn’t want the runs to end.  Compared to how difficult some of my runs felt in the heat of the summer, the runs this week were heaven.

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Running in the fall is the dessert of running.  I’m feeling rejuvenated and refreshed and ready for my two fall half marathons.  I’m ready to enjoy the best season for running.  The KC Half is 2 and a half weeks away, and I feel more ready and confident for this half marathon than I have for my previous 10 halves.  Then, 4 weeks later is the Longview Half.  I’m excited for these races, to treat them like the desserts of running, to thoroughly enjoy every mile of them, just as I’ve enjoyed every mile of these first fall runs.

I’m excited for fall running; I’m excited it’s finally here!  What is your favorite season for running?

Monday Mentionings: September 26

Monday again, and FALL HAS ARRIVED! The weather was so nice and cool yesterday, and should be feeling like fall all week long!  Somehow, I only took a few pictures last week…

Chris and Jazzy have been bonding; Jasper has even cuddled up on his chest a few times.  Adorable.

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About the only other pictures I have to share are from the weekend.  Saturday morning I ran the KC Zoo Run 4 mile race and got to run in the zoo, which was a lot of fun! Unfortunately, I’ve been having bouts of hives over the last couple weeks, and also unfortunately, I woke up covered on Saturday morning.  It was pretty warm at the race, and I ended up having my slowest 4 mile race time, but it was still a ton of fun running through the zoo, seeing the animals (the monkeys were watching us!), and being able to navigate the fun little zoo paths.  I met up with some work friends before the race; thanks RTS for having fun events and races for us to do!

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Sunday morning, it was thunderstorming and raining, so Chris and I postponed our long run until a bit later in the morning.  It was still raining and drizzling, but it was such a pretty and great run.  We finished up with 9 miles on the day, and all of it was in the beautiful rain and cool fall temps.

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Looking to this week, I hope to get some good miles in, and Chris and I are going to Hays for the weekend, which is going to be tons of fun! Small Town Western Kansas Hays America, get ready for a Michigander!

Less than 3 weeks until the KC Half Marathon!

Have a great week!

Monday Mentionings: September 19

Hello friends! It’s been a couple week since a proper update.  Last weekend I was in Wisconsin watching and cheering Kristen as she became an Ironman! But before I went to Wisconsin, I had a great little groupie run with Amy, Jenn, and Chris. (That’s about the only picture I took that week before I left!!)

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Mom, Dad, and I flew (very very early) to Milwaukee, and then we all headed to Madison to get Kristen’s things finalized for her race.

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Sunday was filled with Ironman! Kristen did so fantastic; I can’t even describe how amazing it was to watch her and all the Ironmen on Sunday.

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Congratulations, Kristen!!!!!! I am so beyond proud of you and everything you’ve accomplished. I can’t wait to see what else you are going to do – you’re going places, sisser!

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Monday, we drove back to Milwaukee, and had to take Dad to the airport to get back home for work.  Thayne also went to work for the afternoon, so Mom and Kristen and I went to lunch on the riverfront, which was delicious and pretty!!

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Tuesday, after a short run (Kristen biked!), we ventured up to Cedarburg and wandered around, shopped a little, and had a little wine tasting, too.

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Wednesday, before flying home, we had a short run around by the lake, had some great pizza, and visited one of the beaches.

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I kind of illegally took this snapchat about 5 minutes before we landed in KC, I wish I would have done it and screenshotted it going 500+ mph, but almost 300 mph is still pretty cool!

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Jasper was pretty excited I got home.  He’s been extra cuddly since I’ve been back.  I spotted him chilling with my stuffed animals.  “One of these is not like the others.”

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Sunday, I ran 8 and a half great miles with Chris at KC Running Co.  It was such a pretty morning, and a great little course.  Half marathon #11 is less than a month away! and it’ll be Chris’ first half marathon! YAY RUNNING!

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Fall comes this week! I can’t wait for the fall temperatures, and for fall running! What’s your favorite season?

Have a great week friends!