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?

TT: Fall is Just the Best

Fall is just the best. And October, the best of the best. Octobers are like the Saturdays of months. For today’s Thursday’s Things, I’m going to share my top 5 very favorite things about fall, and more specifically, October. 1. October is running weather, perfected. September is great, but there are still generally some pretty hot days, but October has the perfect amount of warmth and chilliness. Fall running is the dessert of running, after putting in all those hard, hot, humid runs in summer, fall running is amazing. Plus, running outside while leaves are falling all around is magical, and I haven’t met anyone who doesn’t like crunching on crispy leaves. 2. Speaking of leaves, are the colors breathtaking, or what? Red, yellow, orange, green… the trees treat us to an amazing show as they shed their leaves. 3. October is generally the first month of soup season. I heart soup season. My first chili was in October. Tomorrow evening, I’m making my first Chicken Noodle Soup of the season. Having the screen door open and letting chilly air in while snuggled up on the couch with a hot bowl of soup is delightful.  4. I don’t have to run my heat, or my air. October weather is so perfect, that I can turn my air and heat off, and just open my windows or screen door in the evening and cool things off, and the sun will still warm my apartment back up during the day. Curling up in bed while the air is chilly is fantastic, and Jasper becomes more cuddly because of the cooler temps too. Even better? My energy bill is super low! 

5. Jackets, hoodies, sweatpants, blankets. I can still wear my sandals, but can stay warm with cozy jackets or sweatshirts. Fall clothes are better than any other seasons’ clothes! After a hot and humid summer, the cool air and cozy clothes feel wonderful.  I only have one thing that I hate about fall, and that’s the time change. I hate when it gets dark so early, and in a couple weeks, it’ll be getting darker even earlier. As much as I love the fall temps, colors, and treats, I am not looking forward to it being dark all the time. Instead, I’ll just focus on all the amazing fall stuff that happens. Happy fall, ya’ll!