Autumn’s my least-favorite season because as much as I despise winter, fall is the time when everything dies. The trees are pretty with all of their red, yellow and orange splendor. But those leaves don’t last for very long and soon, well, fall, leaving the landscape barren.
But for a couple of hours this morning, fall was glorious. The temperatures were perfect for running in my favorite Skirt Sports Jaguar skirt, short-sleeve tech T-shirt and a light jacket; the sky was bright blue and the sun was shining.
I met my friends at our local running store for our scheduled Saturday morning long run, heading out around 7:30 and heading west toward the Michigan State University campus and its river trail. Within a couple of miles we spotted the Goodyear Blimp flying over us by Spartan Stadium, reminding us of the night’s game against Oregon.
Training last week didn’t go too badly. I got all of my runs in, even if I did have to cut one of them short so I could get my crew ready for school and myself presentable (read: not stinky) for work.
I already know this upcoming week’s going to be a challenge. I’m on the road for work all day Thursday, then heading up to Mackinac Island in the afternoon for some volunteer work with my boss (who is an elected official) through Saturday. That has me driving more than three hours back home to Lansing in time to pick up my race packet for Sunday’s Capital City River Run full marathon (my first!).
Having traveled for the same event on the Island in past years, I know that I’ll be on my feet almost the whole time and won’t get to do the prerequisite resting on the days leading up to my marathon. Trying not to freak out about that.
Guess I’ll have a lot of practice repeating my new mantra: Trust the plan.
Have you had to race after less-than-ideal conditions? How did it go?
NOTE: I am a Skirt Sports Ambassador Captain. All opinions are my own.