Cold? THINK AGAIN
Autumn is one of my favorite seasons. The only thing is that in Phoenix it comes 2-3 months later than in other parts of the country. So, while other people are posting about temps in the 50s and bundling up around a bon fire, today’s high is supposed to be 106. Not that I am complaining. Soon enough it’ll be December and I’ll still be running without a shirt on. But, until then I’ll continue to work on my pasty white base tan, make plans for a weekend trip in the mountains, and secretly hope for an early snow to dump on the rest of the country. Break out the ice melt, suckers!
Ho ho ho, Merry Chris..... wait, what?
Every year the retail industry does something that surprises me. Sometimes it is creating a holiday that I didn’t know existed to sell $4 greeting cards (Happy flag day! Wait, huh? What about independence day?) Others, it is Amazon’s “people who also looked at this also bought...” But lately the thing that surprises me most about retail is selling stuff for holidays earlier and earlier. Specifically, Target (think, walmart but with less cut off jean shorts) recently ran a Christmas commercial. As in... santa, snow, and jingle bells. K-Mart (think walmart with MORE cut off jean shorts) is advertising it’s layaway program. To think I still need to decide what my Halloween costume is going to be. Maybe I’ll just go as an elf?
I like to say that I’ll try ANYTHING once. (Yes, even that... perv.) So since I’ve been spending so much time in airports lately, I decided to take the plunge and order up my first ever pumpkin spiced latte. I normally don’t go for the flavored drinks, but I wanted to get into the autumn sprit in some form or fashion so I decided “why not?”. WRONG. It was like someone hallowed out a pumpkin, filled it with high fructose corn syrup, and tossed in some nutmeg. Instead of a doubleshot of espresso afterwards I needed a shot of insulin. I didn’t hate the flavor, but I think I might have had diarrhea for3 days afterwards. Maybe I’ll just call it a cleanse?
Finally, one thing I do love about fall is all of the races. October is the busiest month for marathons and September follows shortly behind. Miles put in during the hot summer months finally start to pay dividends and travel across the country to sweat it out with thousands of your fellow runner friends is common place. Nothing makes me happier than seeing people truly excited after running a new distance, a faster time, or a meetup with friends. Certainly that is worth putting up with the pumpkin spice and the santa commercials in September. Maybe.