Everyone around me is gearing up for Fall. You see, I am originally from upstate NY, and up there, you could just about bet on a change in the weather come Labor Day weekend. It would be 85 degrees the day before, and 60 the day after. I’m sure it wasn’t that drastic, but Labor Day up north meant the end of Summer. The start of school, the end of sleeping in.
That is really not the case here in NC. We will continue to have sticky, hot weather sometimes right up to near Halloween. Fact of the matter is though that one of my kids is already a week into college, and my younger is starting his Junior year in High School tomorrow. I’ve already hear the complaints, but I explain it like this…. As a kid/young adult you get to have Summers off. That’s like three months of rest, relaxation, sleeping in, etc.. As an adult in the working world, you may get two, three or four weeks off a year. Quit the complaining already, right?
Summer means more daylight hours to get my training runs in. Sure it means more heat, but I think that training in the heat makes me more ready for nice Fall weather racing. As we inch closer and closer to Labor Day, what does that mean for me? First, another run in just a short bit. Yes, training continues. It’s winding down, but still moves forward. Five more days until vacation remain. A week off, then a week of work and my first Marathon of the Fall season. Big Cottonwood is only 20 days away now! It’s creeping up fast.
Summer is always a mixed bag of emotions for me. Due to where I live, and the heat, most of the time I chose not to race. As a result, I get really antsy, and look forward to those race days. I haven’t raced now since June 6th. Two and a half months ago. That’s a long time without racing for me. Last year I mixed in a July 4th 5k, and a Half Marathon in August in NY to keep my race legs satiated. This year, I held back.
Fall season is packed with racing excitement. I’ve tried really hard all Summer to push myself, but not overdo it. I don’t want to get injured before or during the season, so I have really listened to my body, and have maintained a good regime, yet not too extreme.
The countdown is getting exciting. As I near vacation and race days my mind fills with the anticipation of running, and running a great race. I will take them one by one, focusing on having fun, but also pushing my limits. So excited to see Utah for the first time, to run Chicago for the first time, and to run some tried and true Fall favorites here close to home.
What exciting Fall races do you have planned? Do you get antsy when you haven’t raced in a few months? I sure do.