Today is the first day of fall, my favorite time of year! I’ve felt oddly disconnected from the seasons recently. I’m not sure if it’s because I’ve been doing so much traveling (there’s only one season in Miami!), because this is our first year without anyone doing the back-to-school thing, or because summer weather has been sticking around longer than usual–it was in the 90s this week. But, I am oh so ready for fall running!
1. Cooler Weather. This is a given, but it comes at a price. It’s dark when I finish my weekday morning runs now, and I rarely catch the sunrise unless I’m on a business trip. Still, I am ready for cooler weather and being able to run 4 miles without being drenched with sweat.
Sunrise over Lake Michigan in Chicago last week.
2. The Reston Perfect 10. My first fall race is this weekend, and it looks like the weather will change just in time for a perfect race. This is a hilly course that I don’t feel 100% ready for, but I am looking forward to the challenge.
Miles 6-8, I am coming for you!
3. The Army 10 Miler. My second fall race is only a few weeks away–the Army Ten Miler. They released the bib numbers and wave information this week and I’m in Wave one! I’ve had a few years of sequential PRs at this race, but I’m not in shape for another one this year–I wonder if they’ll demote me back to Wave 2 or Wave 3 next year?
4. The Marine Corps Marathon. No, I’m not running MCM, but I do plan to participate in one of the cheering stations my Moms Run This Town group is organizing. I had so much fun spotting friends and cheering on the very last runner last year. People say it’s a great way to “give back” to the running community, but as a non-marathon runner I think it’s one of those gifts that are better to give than to receive. 😉
We cheered until the SAG bus reached us.
5. The Cherry Blossom Ten Mile Run. How did my first spring race make it onto my fall running list? I’ll be working behind the scenes on the Cherry Blossom Blog again, and we already are planning for the ambassador application process (look for announcements around Columbus Day), the November kick-off party (locals, mark your calendars for November 18), the December lottery, and the January-April blog calendar. It is so much fun getting a “behind-the-scenes” look at such an epic race and seeing how dedicated and enthusiastic the race organizers are.
What are you looking forward to this fall?