I make no bones about it: Fall is not my favorite season. Sure, it’s pretty. But as I’ve commented again and again, pretty has to be raked. And bagged. Just when I’m trying to rest up for my Fall Half.
The days are getting shorter and shorter (until it’s dark at 4:30 in the afternoon — seriously, who wants to move after that?). So when Cynthia from You Signed Up for What?, Courtney from Eat Pray Run DC, and Mar from Mar on the Run, came up with Favorite Fall activities, I knew it wasn’t for me.
I do try to be a positive person, despite everything that poured out of me in I thought I was glass half full, but I’m spilling it! So I decided to simply write about 5 things to like about Fall. Because nothing is ever all bad.
Great Running Weather!
In Winter it’s so hard to will yourself out into the cold. It’s never that bad once you’re actually out there, but just getting out the door is really hard. And don’t get me started on the gazillion layers I have to cocoon myself in.
Spring is lovely, but it lasts about 2 weeks in these parts (if we’re lucky).
Summer can be nice, too, but the bugs! The sweat! Having to carry water all the time! The chafing!
But Fall, ah yes, that’s what we train all year for. For those lovely Fall days where running feels so good (and faster after slogging through even a mild summer).
Please God, let my Fall half really be a Fall day: not too hot, not too cold, just right.
What you may not know about me is that I love clothes. And shoes. Any kind of clothes or shoes. Casual, dressy, fitness.
My husband was so proud when we moved here and I didn’t have that many shoes. Well, that changed pretty quickly. Losing and maintaining that weight loss meant I had to rebuild my wardrobe and now my shoes practically need a room of their own.
And I especially love booties. They’re easy to get on and off, they’re really cute with boyfriend jeans; they just scream Fall!
So technically leaf peepers are the people who visit New England when the leaves change colors. And we aim to be leaf peepers this year. I specifically chose a Fall half in VT around the time when hopefully the colors of the changing leaves will be at their peak.
Just understand that leaf peepers, to the people who actually live there, is a derogatory term.
Most of the winter and most of the summer our house is locked up tight. Our bedroom is on the second floor and even on mild days it heats up and we have to run the AC to sleep comfortably. In the winter, obviously, we don’t want sub zero winds blowing into our home (or snow).
In the Fall, though, I can leave windows open and get a much needed breath of fresh air into the house.
Less Danger of Chafing
I sweat. And I sweat heavily. Believe me, I don’t glow, I sweat. And yes, I’ve even chafed on a winter run. But it’s much, much, much more likely to happen during summer running.
So there you have it. Just a few things I actually do enjoy about Fall.
What’s your favorite season? Why?