Last week I wrote about heading up to Wisconsin to watch a friend run the North Face 50k. I kept crowing about how it was OCTOBER BABY and we needed to all get out there, get running, get walking, and just feel what mother nature had in store for us.
Some days, even I am amazed at how right I am.
On Saturday morning, I watched a bunch of folks line up for this race – all a little chilled, all slightly crazy, to take off and do this 30+ mile trail run. But oh. my. god. I could not have been more jealous if you had dropped a $10,000 Nordstrom gift card in someone else’s lap and told me they were allowed to buy all the Size 11 shoes in the store. Yes, I was that jealous.
This is just a peek at some of the scenery from Saturday:
Maybe those images aren’t too exciting for you. Maybe I’m just a big, nature-loving, grass-smelling, muddy-footed dork. But I’m telling you, I was having way too much fun this weekend to care. I had my maps, I had my hiking poles, and I was out on the trail while my friend ran around the park. She definitely had it harder, but I got in my 5 miles and smiled at the end – and for both of us, what a GREAT day! And at the end of it all, we agreed: I’m coming back for the 10k next year, and hopefully I’ll feel as good as my friend did at the end!
But that’s not really the point of those pictures. The point is this: motivation, as I’ve said, comes in many forms. I stood there and watched those people run on Saturday, and I wanted to run with them. I hiked along the trails, and while I loved it, I wanted to run, too. And today, I recruited a friend to run at least one adventure race next year – just. like. that. That’s what fall (and a race) does for me.
So if you haven’t been out yet this season, take my advice – and GO! Don’t miss this wonderful chance to see all of that fall beauty. And take pictures, and go with friends, and have fun, because pretty soon it’s going to be cold and slushy and you’re going to be all kinds of cranky. Maybe you’ll hate it. But maybe you’ll find what I did – that it’s a pretty hard thing NOT to want to be active when you’re surrounded by all that beauty.
And on that note, I’m going home to do something amazing – I’m going to run – yes, RUN for the first time since August. I was cleared today to do just a bit of run/walking to see how the body is recovering from PT, and I’m going to test out the old legs. The Gobble This challenge has some serious work coming up, and I’m looking forward to this week’s podrunner with a little bit of run built in.
So keep me posted on your Gobble This challenge as you take advantage of the last week in October, and get out there (with a camera, if possible!)
I’ll see you on the path!