|Oh, silly fall humor - you always crack me up|
It’s finally starting to look a little like fall (autumn?) in the Phoenix area. I have to admit that fall really is my favorite time of year. All of the colors, the cool crisp air, and the proliferation of pumpkin spiced EVERYTHING tell me that winter is right around the corner. Of course, in Phoenix fall “colors” mean that the cactus turn from a shade of pale green to a shade of pale green, the desert rock lawns turn from brown to basically the same brown, and even the native bushes don’t do much. OH, and the high is supposed to be 91 degrees today. Wait, why is fall in Phoenix good again? Of course, any runner knows the real answer: Fall means that when I run, my face doesn’t feel like it is going to melt off and my naughty bits don’t chafe as much.
Through some fate or fortune, the running gods enabled me to put together a pretty good week. I ran 58 miles overall and even had a tempo run, fartlek, and marathon paced long run. Each run seemed to be exactly where I wanted it pacewise with the exception of the fartlek. I threw in 200m bursts at what I was hoping to be 5:30 pace but they were “only” at 5:50. But, I can’t say that I should be surprised – not having focused on speed and instead having focused pretty hard on distance over the past few months means that some of the top end push is likely to disappear. Cest la vie. With running, as with life, it is hard to be all things to all people/distances.
|It hurts right there|
What is your favorite part of fall? I have to think my favorite part is the crisp air. The kind that fills your lungs and just feels....clean. Other favorite part of fall? The Calvin Klein underwear models. Duh.
Oh, and the pumpkin spice stuff? I know that I’m in the minority here....but if it were actually good, they’d sell it year round, wouldn’t they?