- Fall training runs and races.
I love running in the fall. The cooler temperatures, the beautiful scenery, etc, etc, etc. It’s just a great time to be out on the road or trails.
There are also soooo many races to pick from. It can be so hard to decide with many races taking place each weekend. I’m curious how things will go for me in my fall races. Running in the summer gets tough for me with the heat, but I’m feeling pretty good at this point. I do need to step up the speed training if I’m looking to get any PRs.
I have my first fall half on Oct. 3. After that is the Runner’s World Hat Trick with the 5k, 10k, and half marathon over two days. Closing out October is the Tussey Mountain Relay and Ultramarathon. I’m part of a team of 6. In November I’m running the Annapolis Running Classic Half and closing out the fall with the Rehobeth Seashore Marathon in December.
2. Baking fall foods.
This probably sounds a bit silly, but when I say “fall foods” I mean things like apple pie, pumpkin pie, pumpkin bread, and more. Yes, you can make those items at any time of year but they seem to just taste so much better when the leaves are orange, yellow and red and the temperatures outside are cooler. Hmmm wonder which one I’ll tackle first?
3. Picking out a pumpkin.
All through my childhood we went to a family farm near our home to pick out pumpkins. There are pictures of my brother and I from infancy onward with their fun themed pumpkin displays and ultimately our very own pumpkins. Buying a pumpkin at the grocery store just never feels the same, even if those pumpkins did come from the the farm you might have otherwise visited. There’s something about actually going to the farm, even if you don’t go out in the field and pick your own, that makes it extra special.
4. Wearing fall clothes.
Don’t get me wrong, I love wearing dresses and shorts all summer long. But after the many months of warm weather, I get excited to break out my sweaters, jeans and boots again. I finally have black riding boots (to go with my brown ones and tan ones) and got new rain boots too.
Sorry Halloween fans, I’m skipping right over that holiday. I’m not the biggest fan of Halloween anymore. Well I haven’t been since college, if I’m being honest. I am dressing up this year with my college girl friends. We call ourselves Heifers, so we’re dressing up as…you guessed it…heifers.
Anyway, I love Thanksgiving. By this point, we’re deep into fall. The leaves are now brown and the weather is starting to get more of a chill. I’m a sucker for the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. And we can’t forget the food. There’s just something so great about turkey, gravy, mashed potatoes, stuffing, vegetables and pumpkin pie. MMMMmmmmm!
I think I need to find a Turkey Trot to run this year too.
What are some of your favorite fall activities?