I don’t know many runners who don’t love fall — especially that first fall run of the season — more than any other time of the year. Especially recently, given how hot, sweaty, and swampy the summer months have been. I don’t know about you, but Philly had way too many above-90-degree days this summer. Even the mornings were in the high 70’s. And even last week, during September no less, I braved an early morning run in 87% humidity. Woof.
You can imagine my excitement this week — happy Friday! — when I’ve woken up to 55- and 65-degree temperatures. Fall running is truly the most wonderful time of the year, and I’ve been doing my best to soak it all in.
There are just two issues now:
1. Ugh, the gym.
I suspended my gym membership over the summer, but this has started up again. What that means is I’m paying for a space I essentially never use. So, I need to start going again. I’ve found two classes that have caught my eye — yoga on Tuesday evenings and barre on Wednesdays. I probably won’t go to both, but if I can commit to one per week, I’ll feel better about my dues. That said, I already failed to go to either of these classes this week. On Tuesday, it was simply too beautiful to workout indoors. And Wednesday, I traded my stretchy pants (I packed ’em and everything!) for a last-minute Philly’s game.
Look ma, I’m on TV!
2. Ouch, my legs!
Countless consecutive runs throughout spring, summer, and now as we approach fall have left my legs in less than perfect shape. This morning, for example, within a few steps my right shin started screaming. Fortunately, a few steps later, I was able to shake it off. I kept the run slow, steady and smart. But knowing how easy it is to acquire pesky little runner injuries (I’ve had a stress fracture in this same shin before — it totally sucked) I need to be cognizant of my physical well-being.
So, that’s where we are. It’s fall. It’s amazing. I want to run every second of every day, but that’s dumb — both because cross-training is important and because overrunning causes injuries. Simple, right? Now, to put this all into practice.
Fall running. Go! What’s your favorite running season, and have you ever scaled back despite it?