Thursday, September 27, 2007

Fall is Definitely Here

Yes, I do realize that fall has been here now, officially, since Sunday, but last night, I ran and I ran naked again (meaning no watch, no Garmin, no MP3) not actually NAKED and I noticed how much more fall has shown up and it makes me a bit sad. I do think that the fall colors are very pretty, don't get me wrong, but, living in Minnesota, I know what comes after the leaves fall off, and not being a fan of cold weather, well, you see where I'm coming from right? Fall is bittersweet. It's pretty, and the cooler weather again, after running in the heat and humidity of the summer, feels nice, but it's also leading to cold, and in Minnesota, extreme cold! And snow, which yes, can look pretty, but makes commutes icky and running treacherous. I like the warm. Spring is my favorite, a time of renewal, of growth, when the rain is great because it brings the green and new flowers etc...in summer you have warm, warm days and humid, sultry nights, when being outdoors in a tank top and little skirt is fine (or if you're adventurous, a skinny dip, and no, I wouldn't know from experience on that...except that one or two drunk nights, and remember, I do live in a city!)....the days are long, you can run almost any time and not have to rush home to get it in before dark...and I see if Spring is rebirth, well, then you can think what fall and winter are...

I did get my run in last night. Everything seemed to be OK again, still not 100% but much better than it has been. My glute still isn't making any complaints, which is a miracle in and of itself since that has been my biggest problem area recently. My hamstring was a little tight still, but my shin never acted up either. My knee was having a bit of an issue again, so when I got home, I iced it, I stretched (downward dog, upward dog, pigeon pose, laying on my stomach and pulling my foot with opposite hand to stretch the quad), I did stabalization moves, I'm doing anything and everything I can to keep things feeling good and get them to be better. I have a few other exercises I plan to incorporate back in too (was wondering if they might be part of the tight inner abductor so I stopped them for a few days). Hopefully it will keep progressing. I'm working on a plan for things for the next few months, including a race that has been in my mind for a while....

5 comments:

Full Metal Lunchbox said...

Fall is my favorite season.

But I do believe that Minnesota in winter is not suitable for human habitation.

JustRun said...

Fall is awesome. And you know I'm not a fan of anything post-Fall, either. :)

Annette said...

I agree with you on the fall thing. It's beautiful, comfortable for running, but it means winter's coming (here that means lots of rain - ugh!)

Glad your run went well. I noticed that you've mentioned working your abductors a couple times. Have you been working the adductor too? Gotta work those opposing muscles equally! (OK, enough of the unsolicited advice!)

Enjoy the fall and don't think about winter yet! :)

Backofpack said...

Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment the other day. The pictures in your post are beautiful - looks like fall is lovely there. The trees are just now starting to turn here in WA, however, the rain is here. Winters aren't too harsh for us, just gray and wet.

Good luck with the sore/tight stuff. It's always a challenge!

Nicole said...

How beautiful.