No Wordless Wednesday here.
Fall running in upstate NY can be beautiful. It can also be pretty ugly as the weather turns rather quickly here. Today was a typical fall run here. Below you will find what I mean, painted in words, not photos.
You know it is a fall when running includes:
- Geese flying south in a V formation while you are running north … alone
- Smelling a wood stove burning to heat one of the houses you are running past
- Having to stop for a garter of turkeys to cross the road
- Finally seeing your shadow as the sun peeks through only to still be seeing your breathe as you breath
- Wondering how long there will be a shoulder to get out of the way of traffic on since once snow comes, the shoulder disappears
- Getting pelted with acorns and acorn tops from renegade squirrels in maple (just not right) trees
- Slipping on very wet leaves as you run
- Slipping on tree branches down from recent winds
- Slipping on those acorns that the squirrels have deemed un-storable for winter
- Knowing that the sky looks like snow, not rain
- Knowing the wind is from the north not by the direction it is blowing out of but by how cold it is
- Ears being a little sore because you haven’t worn your Ear Bags in months
- Wondering constantly if your gloves have fallen out of your waistband as you were running – no pockets to put them in