So initially I wrote this post thinking that it would be October 1st. Yeah that wasn’t right but at least it’s actually fall and I can officially say it’s time for the games to begin and celebrate ALL THINGS PUMPKIN. Or if you would like to be less basic, simply celebrate the joy that is fall.
I have to say that it has been a blessing to live on the east coast for the last three years. I actually understand what changing of the seasons and changing of your wardrobe actually means. When I walk outside for a morning run and feel ever so slightly a chill in the air, I know that fall is arriving soon. I say “soon” because more often than not we are graced with another thunderstorm or massive wave of humidity.
Don’t get me wrong, I still love Southern California but the 90F days in September and October can be anticlimactic. Although I do love a sunny and 70F Christmas Day.
Back to the subject of fall. What I do know is that with fall comes gorgeous ranges of leaf colors, excellent apple produce at the farmer’s market, chilly air that is PERFECT for running, and a whole new range of outfits to choose from. Yes I’m talking boots and flannel and scarves – everything that I couldn’t wear growing up because it was still too hot in fall to dress in more than shorts and a t-shirt.
In It For the Long Run ~ “The 4 Things I Learned About Making New Friends After College” ~ Stay true to you.
FishbowlNY ~ “An Act of Vin Scully Kindness” ~ One amazing individual and I’m hoping to tune in (on TuneIn) on Sunday for his last broadcast! I even watched an ESPN 20 minute video on the man and I do say he is one of a kind and so inspiring.
NYMag ~ Famous Women on Body Image ~ Excellent advice, especially “For young men, and women, too, what makes you different or weird, that’s your strength” – Meryl Streep
Vogue ~ “Why I Talk to My Mother Three Times a Day” ~ Guilty
Huffington Post ~ “Gwen Jorgensen: Down Time Helped Me Win Gold in Rio” ~ Ok, maybe I”m not shooting for gold, but the idea of down time (actually resting and not pretending to rest) is very smart (<< now that I’ve written it how many times, can I follow this advice?)
Some things I have learned over the past week:
- My swim stroke needs to greatly improve. Apparently I loop my left arm to the side rather than up and over. It wasn’t noticeable until I hit the girl in the wrist (quite forcefully unfortunately).
- Go to your alumni events. You will feel social and educational and hey, you (and/or your family) probably spent a buttload to get to that point, so celebrate it!
- While I love nut butter and ice cream, finishing off cartons of each in less than one week has created havoc on my face. Hello acne…
- Budgeting is easy when you leave your credit card at home. Oops.
- Find joy in the small things. For example, I wanted to go on a fall adventure this weekend but don’t think the weather will cooperate. So I instead plan to explore Target one afternoon and that in itself is adventure. 😉
Last weekend was a blast having my mom and grandma Nance in town. I showed them my hood, we walked up and down the Battery and all around the Upper East Side. My grandma got a kick out of the bagel shop and the hustle and bustle that I call home. I found that saying goodbye was harder than normal, even though I’ll see mom and crew in just under 6 weeks for the marathon (YIKES!). So, as my Sunday afternoon anxiety started to kick in, I set into motions steps to chill out >> vinyasa yoga to grocery shopping to meal prep while watching golf and listening to a podcast with Vin Scully. Yes, the soothing sounds of sports and routine are what I need to get my head back in the game and make for an excellent end of the weekend.
There weren’t too many pictures taken in the last few weeks – surprising, I know! So I’ll have to up that this weekend with some runventures and explorations in the city. Even though the forecast is set for rain, rain, rain, nothing can stop me! That and I actually have 19 miles scheduled for Saturday. Wish me luck!
“If not you, who? If not now, when?” – Garry Herbert