September where I’m from right now:
September where I now live:
Although I love life here just outside the Rockies (wait a second – let me go back and reread that statement; yes, I live outside the Rocky Mountains!), there are things that I miss about the Bay Area in California, and the warm, pleasant summer-end weather is one of those things. Don’t get me wrong – I love Fall and cooler temps in general. But it seems like our summer in Calgary has jumped straight into Fall/early Winter weather and the past 2 weeks have been cool, rainy, and dark. These stay-in-your-robe-indoors-all-day kind of mornings have put a bit of a damper on my training as my 1/2 marathon date inches closer to the present. It’s much harder to get out and run in this kind of weather!
But once I leave the house and say goodbye to the warm comforts that my fluffy polka dotted robe has to offer, everything changes and Fall doesn’t seem so bad. The crisp feeling, the slight bite and chill of the air, seem to welcome me to move my arms and legs in an effort to stay warm. Soon enough the need to move for warmth turns into the desire to run for enjoyment as I’m embraced by the perfect running weather and soon find my groove. My run today was no exception.
Up early after training a client and with a piece of toast with almond butter and some sweet sips of coffee sitting nicely, I threw my Asics on and took off down the street, nervous that if I stayed in the comfortable atmosphere of the dimly-lit living room I would never get a run in. Sure enough, after about the first 3 minutes I was glad I got outside and grateful to be moving. I felt so good, in fact, that right from the beginning of my run I had a feeling that I’d push my running plan for the day further for a couple of miles. Sure enough, by the end of my scheduled 4.5 mile run I decided to add 2 more miles. Feeling strong, arms and legs like pistons churning along, I finished my run misted and damp, not cold but rosy cheeked from the crisp air and feeling glad to be a runner.
Fall has so many beautiful things to offer: the changing colors of the leaves, the distinct smell in the air, the social acceptance of things I like year-round like pumpkins and candy corn, and the fresh start to seasons (school, jobs, life changes).
I am excited to kick this Fall 2010 off with my first race in ages, and a hilly 1/2 marathon in the mountain town of Canmore sounds like a great way to do just that.
And just to keep up the excitement, here are some words from the race director of the 5Peaks trail race series himself:
It’s shaping up to be an epic day for 5Peaks @ CNC this weekend. Our friends at the Weather Bureau are hedging their bets with “40% chance of 1 mm precepitation. High of 5C”.
For the Paranoid Optimist this means, ‘Pack your tights, toque, gloves, and shell but look forward to bright grey skies and maybe a perfectly cool running day.’
…great! 😉 Getting psyched up (hopefully not “out!”) for the big race day. Cold? Rain? Snow? Epic. Bring it on.
What do you love about Fall? What moments really signify the changing of seasons besides the weather for you? Any other runners participating in Fall races out there? I’d love to hear about what you’ve got planned and why you love this time of year.
Until then, live well and be well, friends!