I know some of you are reluctant to give up on summer and the weather that comes with it (and from reading some of your recaps lately, it doesn’t seem like summer weather has even left) but I love fall running.
I think it has something to do with cross country season — the smell of the leaves, the crisp air… it brings me right back to the sport that made me fall in love with running. Sure, I had fun in track for two years before I discovered cross country, but it didn’t compare. I’m not sure if that had something to do with my teammates or my amazing coach, but whatever, fall running makes me absolutely ecstatic.
The past week has been wonky as far as weather in Buffalo. We were hitting 90 with heat index warnings on Monday and Tuesday, but by Friday it was 55 and heavy misting all day. Call me crazy, but that weather made me want to run outside as soon as I got home from work. It probably didn’t help that it had been two weeks since I ran and I was living one of the more stressful weeks I’ve had in quite some time.
I feel a little like a fool dressing for weather that’s in the 50s because I need to wear something over my ears and I know it isn’t that cold. People were still outside running in shorts and tee-shirts and here I am with a freaking ear/headband on. I can’t help it though, my inner ear gets so painful when it drops below 55 outside, especially if it’s raining and winy. But anytime I feel a little ridiculous, I remember a lot of what I wear running probably looks ridiculous to the general population. I mean, have you seen my Garmin on my little wrist and how lanky I look in my short shorts? It’s ridiculous.
So my run was low key, cool, and exactly what I needed. I did about 3.5 miles averaging 9:14 per mile. It’s still really hard for me to push myself faster than that while keeping good form, which is frustrating. I still tire pretty quickly. And running still feels really difficult at times, but I’m just going to keep putzing along.
I didn’t foam roll or stretch before. I didn’t foam roll or stretch as much as I needed to after. I’m certainly paying for it today. I thought about taking the day off because tomorrow I teach and then am going to run lightly at the ridge, but then I came home to my brand new Newton Energy sneakers! I did just eat a full bowl of chili two hours ago and I’m stuffed to the brim, but I can’t pass up putting these babies on and testing them out. I’m so, so excited.
I think this also takes trail running tomorrow off the table. I’m sticking to the paved road because these are some really, really pretty sneakers.
Time to go lace up.