Fall is arriving, even if only through hints and guesses of a cool breeze, those stunning sunsets that feel oddly early compared to a month ago, and finally cool temperatures on morning runs. Finally! As basic and cliched as it sounds, fall is my favorite season – and these are some of my favorite things so far this fall!
Flannel. All I want to wear is flannel, jeans, and the new Born ankle boots I got for my birthday, although it still is too warm for those. I never liked flannel until a few years ago, but I suppose the Pacific Northwest is rubbing off on me. My current favorite flannel from Patagonia. It’s a bit loose – I probably could have sized down – but the fabric is so soft and cozy.
Honey Stinger waffles. Despite their popularity, I did not try them until one appeared in a StrideBox a few months ago. I do not eat many sports nutrition products – no recovery shakes, gels only on long runs during race training, and real food like bananas before my runs. The ingredients on Honey Stinger are natural and they are not crazy high in sugar (10 grams, compared to 20-30 of some bars), and my super sensitive stomach digests them easily. We bought a bunch for $1 each at REI’s Labor Day sale. I tire of getting up super early before my long runs to eat my toast and banana two hours before I run, while I’ve found I can get down a waffle and banana 60-90 minutes before a run.
Plus, my favorite flavor (the gluten-free cinnamon) tastes like fall.
This article from Outside, An Ode to Fall Running,” perfectly captures the essence of fall running. I crave more mileage in fall, more time outside just enjoying running in such beautiful weather.
Just about one year ago, we adopted Ollie! He and Charlie have grown so close over this past year and Ollie has become both Ryan’s and my beloved running buddy. Ollie may still have excess energy when he doesn’t get in a run (or even when he does…), but he has also become so affectionate and cuddly.
I am still listening to the Harry Potter series on Audible. It’s been years since I’ve read many of the books and re-reading them as an adult brings a whole new perspective to them. I am almost done with Goblet of Fire and the book has so much more gravity and even anxiety in it than I recall. I am also fairly certain that I began my hard 10 mile workout yesterday with an elevated heart rate after listening to the climatic scene on my drive to the trail!
Has fall arrived where you live?
What are you currently reading?