09 Nov Linda’s Fall Running
Hasn’t it been a glorious fall season? How often the colourful leaves and landscape sparkled under clear blue skies and sunshine. Times of heavy rain and high winds were part of these autumn months. In spite of that, I enjoyed an incredible number of opportunities to run free and easy (without jacket, without hat, without mittens).
This year I chose ‘fall running’ rather than ‘fall racing’. After my Run4Kids race, Labour Day weekend, I chose to forego my typical fall racing regime. Reminded myself that you don’t have to race to be a runner. Easy runs for fun and fitness became the norm. During my four weekly runs, I found myself relaxing into the world of Mother Nature, escaping into the mindfulness of the journey. I always had a plan for my runs although meeting a specific pace was no longer a goal. The beginning and ending of runs continued to be framed by typical warm ups, running drills, a few strides, and cool downs. What was different? No races and no speed work.
Every weekend I eagerly anticipated messages and race reports from friends and family. It was thrilling to hear the news of yet another Personal Best and share the joy of their accomplishments. I was thrilled to be the cheerleader. (Everybody needs one!)
Autumn has officially ended. The arrival of today’s snow dropped a white wintry final curtain on fall running. No complaints. Amor fati, embrace the day. The advent of winter running begins.
‘No bad weather, just the wrong clothes.’ I’m digging out the toque, winter mitts, and maybe a little Vaseline to smear on my face for those ‘need-a-balaclava’ days. My name isn’t Dorothy but If the winter winds blow strong enough I might even get a free trip to Kansas.
I hope you have plans to find enjoyment in our new season, winter. Before we know it, spring will be around the corner. Thanks for reading. I appreciate you spending time with my musings,