Happy Fall y’all.
Yes, I just said y’all. When we lived in Virginia, it become second nature for me to say that. I even started calling every woman Miss. Like Miss Kitty. Or Miss Lady. Yes, I had a patient who went by the first name of Lady. What can I say, I adapt very well to my surroundings.
Back to Fall. It’s officially here! Time to really break out all things pumpkin and apple. Before today, it was only a soft opening for the real deal. Time to bring out the boots, jeans and sweaters. It’s also time to be excited about Fall running. After slogging through the summer, you earned it!
I have my fingers and toes crossed that I will be able to enjoy some gorgeous Fall running. I’ve had three Ionta treatments so far and have noticed a difference. YES!! Even my PT was shocked that it’s working so well. After missing out on all of summer running, I’m hopeful that I can at least get in some time during the second best time of the year to run.
Why I’m excited for Fall running
Million Dollar Views – Here in New Hampshire, the leaves are slowing started to turn colors. It’s amazing to watch the progressive change from green, to vibrant orange, yellow and reds. So many tree lined streets look like a picture from a magazine. It’s eye candy for sure.
Awaken your senses – Fall has it’s own distinct smell, taste and feel. The crispness in the air. The smell of the leaves. The taste of all things pumpkin. The sound of the wind through the trees or rustling leaves across a sidewalk. It definitely makes me feel more alive. Combining that with running makes it even better.
Bug Free Trails – Summer running on trails, while cooler than running on the street, can be quite buggy. There’s nothing fun about being chased by a swarm of mosquitoes or black flies. Once the temps start to get cooler, the bugs bug off and it’s back to a peaceful way to connect with nature.
Cooler Temps – I love the heat but running in it, along with humidity, can make even the most conditioned runner feel like they need gills just to survive. You no longer have to plan for your run to be done by 5 a.m. to beat the heat. Temperatures are cool enough to keep you comfortable, but not so cold that you’re dealing with browsicles.
Long sleeves – I’ll wear shorts if it’s above 40 degrees, I like my legs cool. But give me long sleeves and I’m a happy girl. My upper body prefers a little warmth. Long sleeves just make me feel good and comfy.
All the races – Fall is the busiest time for races. In my area, I know there is a race (or five) scheduled every single weekend through November. And after slogging all summer long, you’ll definitely be stronger and faster. Why not test it out by signing up for something or try a new distance?
Me Time – Running is good for this any time of the year, but with the holidays quickly approaching (say what?!?!?!), it’s about to get cray-cray up in here. If a run clears your head, do it.
What do you love about fall running?