Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Autumn is near!! Sort of...

A few things that have been rattling around my head as the leaves start to turn, school is back in session, and Octoberfest beer overflows.  


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?



Pumpkin spice latte
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?

Races!!
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.

12 comments:

Chad Chisholm said...

I only like one thing to taste like pumpkins.

Amanda RunToTheFinish said...

not enough races here in the fall, they really pile up over the two months we call winter...which are in fact not winter at all.

I remember our first christmas in Miami, I was so confused...wearing flip flops palm trees...WTH.

I am enjoying florida, but not for running. I miss cold. I'd even take freezing!

Kate Geisen said...

Not a pumpkin lover here.

Fall races are awesome, and since I love running in the snow (well, I remember loving running in the snow...the reality might be slightly different) I don't mind the fact that winter will be here before we know it.

Sue's Ramblings said...

We've so many festivals and celebs here that the malls and shops are constantly decked out month in, month out. Currently it's the Mid Autumn Festivals or mooncake or lantern festival. Autumn is a misnomer since there's only 1 kinda weather here - summer! But hey, mooncakes are delish and kids have fun walking around the neighbourhood with their lanterns.

SlimKatie said...

I've yet to try a Pumpkin Spiced Latte, so maybe I'll finally try one this year. You make it sound so appealing! ;)

Stephanie said...

I have to say I love love full! I can't get enough of it. And you are right the races are everywhere, they keep tempting me.

Jamoosh said...

Marathons and half marathons have outdone Christmas Creep in the last several years, trying to get us to sign up almost a year in advance...

Crystal said...

I tried to comment and it said "Service unavailable". This made me think,"Adam must have blocked me." hahahaha!

So I did what any good stalker would do and tried again...and again.

Now I really have no clue what I was going to initially comment about. So, um, the weather here has been cold and I just had a PSL (cause that's the cool way to social media it)and it was not as wonderful as I remember. However, I did rather enjoy the sugary goodness of a DD Pumpkin White Mocha.

Layla said...

You could combine Phoenix running, Halloween and Christmas by dressing up as a shirtless elf.

I'm not a pumpkin spice latte fan, either. I don't understand the obsession, but maybe because I also don't like pumpkin pie?

DragonLady said...

I LOVE Pumpkin Spice Lattes. But I only had one this season before I gave up caffeine. *sigh* Small price to pay for less headaches and better sleep. ;)

Jonathan said...

I dare you to run a marathon in jorts.

Curly Pink Runner said...

just when I believe there are no sane people left in this world, I read this post and find that there is someone else out there as brilliant as I am. pumpkin lattes taste horrible. I described them to my friend as being "as tasty as sucking on a pumpkin stem."