Fall Running is the Best Running

I know I’m not the only one who believes that running in the fall is the best. It’s the time of year when I actually “enjoy” running. (Ok. I’m never going to be a person who loves running. I love the after of running, not the during. But, it’s better in the fall.) I find that on longer runs, I get bored really easily. This was a real problem during the half-marathon. But, there is so much to look at during the fall that keeps me a bit more focused. Beautiful leaves. Cooling winds. Yep. So much better than being a sweaty  mess during the summer. 🙂

If you follow me on Instagram, you’ve already seen these pictures. (So, sorry.) But, going for a fall run among the trees is just so incredibly peaceful! Even if you are surrounded by 100s of other runners during a 5k. 🙂

A running tutu

I recently ran a 5K that was held in a corn maze. There were lots of welcome-to-fall activities for the kiddos and at the end of the 5K I got a complimentary pumpkin and cup of cider. Yay fall! A friend of mine who was gonna run with me and I both decided that we needed to have some fun with this run by making tutus. Now, I’ve never made a tutu before so I basically made it up as we went on.

What I learned this time around:

  • Um, you will need way (!!!!!!!!!!) more fabric than you ever would’ve thought. At this point, I actually have no idea how much tulle I used. 12 yards maybe? I could’ve used less but I wanted the finished tutu to be really full and fluffy.
  • I started making a long tutu but changed my mind after I had reached the halfway point with the tulle. Not only did cutting the pieces into shorter pieces save me a bunch of fabric, I think it will also be better for running since the tutu will stick straight out instead of clinging to my legs.

I used ribbon as the base. This means that I’ll have to tie it to wear it. For me, this is fine. If I were to do it again, I think that I would try to make it with elastic. I feel that it would probably stay in place better.

It ended up being huge. Kinda surprisingly huge. I felt kind of like I had a innertube made of tulle.

Big pile of tulle

Big pile of tulle

Seriously. Seriously big.

Sorry. No more room in the car.....

Sorry. No more room in the car…..

But, it was a lot easier than I thought that it would be. And now, I’m looking forward to more running tutus for myself. 🙂

 

Weekly Photo Challenge: Change

This week’s photo challenge was actually pretty simple, in my opinion. A picture of change? Well….

Fall has fallen! After the summer temperatures that we’ve had nonstop up until yesterday, we finally have fall temperatures today. The leaves are ever-so-slightly starting to change their colors. The sky is cloudy. A change is in the air. Fall is here.

Change is in the air

Change is in the air

If you look carefully, you can see a few yellow leaves peeking out from the green.

In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Change.”

I guess I’m a real runner now

So, I ran my first 5K a few weeks ago. Yay! Yay me!

It's official!

It’s official!

It was a challenge because it was my first 5K but it was also a challenge because I happened to fall down some stairs just before getting in the car to go to the 5K. So. Yea. I sort of….landed right on my left knee, while slamming the back of my right leg onto a stair, and….hitting my back on the car door…. Fun! But, I ran the whole 5K! I did it! Yay! Yay me!

Then….I did a second 5K the following weekend. Although the second 5K wasn’t much of a race since the course was in a corn maze and it had rained nonstop two nights before. Instead of a race, it was like an episode of a reality tv show…where the contestants had to try to climb through miles of mud….all while wearing a tutu. Not sure what show that would be. But, I lived it. That was my reality. (It was fun – but next time I will not wear my mostly-new running shoes. We passed many shoes that had simply been abandoned in the mud. I lost a shoe but luckily, a guy walking by us helped to wrestle it out of the mud. I did check each one just in case they were a size 7….)

Now, since this whole running thing is still new for me, I’m not quite sure what to do about my legs. I’ve been elevating. And bracing. And elevating while bracing. I am hoping to make an appointment with a sports medicine doc this week (since the race was two weeks ago). So, please think positive-knee-so-I-can-keep-running thoughts.

In the meantime, tomorrow’s training session will be a walk/jog/walk/jog/walk/walk.

 

Summer memories

Sometimes, when the cool temperatures and crunchy leaves seem to be everywhere almost overnight, it’s nice to have a little reminder of the summer months. It also helps when that reminder is just as nice during the fall as it is during the summer months.

Mmmmmmmm

Mmmmmmmm

 

What is one of your summer-into-fall staples?

Saying Goodbye to Summer

Western Trail

Western Trail

One of my favorite parts of the morning walks that the girls and I took during the summer was walking along the Western Trail path. Even though it runs along a busy road, it’s quiet and you can momentarily forget that you are in a Chicago suburb.

This picture was taken on one of those walks.  I think that the trail looks incredibly peaceful.

The leaves have already started, or finished, changing colors.  There was frost on the ground this morning and I contemplated walking back inside to put on a hat and mittens.  (First step, figure out where I put my hat and mittens after last winter.)

So, now, it’s time to start the countdown to Christmas…….