Monday, October 10, 2011

Fabulous Fall

It feels like fall has finally arrived. We had a nice Indian summer all September with temperatures in the high 80's. Then last week we dropped 50 degrees and had our highs in the low 40's. It rained and even snowed but things are finally just right. While I love winter and colder temperatures, it was a pretty big shock to have to dig out the gloves. I still have a pile of mittens and hats that need to be sorted sitting on my front room floor.

Rain always creates some great pictures though.

It was still warm on this Tuesday morning. That was the last nice day last week. That and a 6 mile tempo run explains why I'm glowing.

Have you ever noticed how beautiful sagebrush in bloom is?

A few random things:
*My youngest child went to kindergarten this year. I was really worried about being alone. Turns out it's o.k. 2 1/2 hours really isn't that much time and I enjoy the quiet. I also enjoy helping in his class and seeing him interact with the other kids. And I still enjoy when he comes home and we have plenty of time to talk and hang out.
*I have been a complete slacker on my bike and haven't been on it or been to a spin class in about 2 months. I need to get my rear in gear. The night classes are starting up again this month and my goal is to get there at least once a week.
*I have been a slacker about my weights as well and am only getting it in once a week. I need to find another day to sneak it in.
*I have gained 5 lbs. slowly over the course of the summer and now the fall. I'm just about at the freak out point. So much for that 8 lbs. that I lost last winter over the holidays. I know the problem. It's my eating. My willpower is just gone and though I want to do something about it, at the same time, I don't.
*We got rid of our TV last month. It's been harder on my husband and I than it has been the kids. We still have Hulu and Netflixs but it's just not the same at night when the kids are all tucked in and there's no Food Network to watch to put me to sleep. I'm sure we'll get used to it. But I'm surprised how hard it has been.
*My running partner, Heather is pregnant. I can't wait to go over and hold her little guy and pretend that I was brave enough to do that again. She's still running a couple of times a week. She's been doing part of my long runs with me and I can't say how much I love it. It breaks up the time and we get to catch up with what's going on in our lives.

And now here's a few pictures from my 16 mile run this morning that included my favorite little trail down the canyon. And just for your info, I don't carry a camera with me, it's just my i phone. But it does such a good job that I never replaced the last one that I ruined.







Oh, how I love fall.

18 comments:

Candice @ I Have Run said...

I love, love, love your new header! That picture is amazing. The whole look of your blog rocks!

And I love fall too. I couldn't be happier about the cool weather. And I was giddy when I saw snowflakes. My husband thought I was crazy when I called him because I was so excited. Now if I could just run and take advantage of it.

And I have two days a week when both m girls are in school at the same time for just over two hours. It was hard at first, but not it's just enough but not too much time. Enjoy the quiet :-)

Jerilee E. said...

Oh, I agree- love the header! That picture is amazing and you look awesome!
I am so glad that the Fall weather has returned. Hopefully we can get some good autumn running in before the snow makes a comeback! That trail is beautiful.

Vanessa Kennedy said...

new header = AMAZING. I am SO glad fall is officially here- your trail looks absolutely perfect!

Missy said...

Love your new header! My running buddy and best friend is pregnant too...she has come to support me at my races and it's driving her crazy that she can't get out there and run. She is so ready for the spring! (she is due in January)

Julia said...

your blog looks amazing! love that pic...so incredible! and fall!!! ahhhhh! love it! plus your pics just make it even better!

i have been having the SAME problem with the weight gain/will to eat better again thing. just so little motivation for me right now. blah! but its frustrating at the same time that I gained weight back that I thought was gone forever. blah again.

you are amazing! i love all of your running pics! they almost seem magical!

Alma said...

Your fall is looking quite lovely. Such a big milestone for your youngest to get into kindergarden. Maybe this will eventually give you more time to...

Coy Martinez said...

What beautiful pictures!!! I'm like you, I love running with my running friend and catching up on our lives!

Lindsey said...

Wow, your new header is gorgeous, as are all these pictures! I absolutely love fall! I need to to better with my eating. My family laughs at me when I say, "Uugh, I feel so fat", but I want to use just a more willpower so I feel a little more comfortable with myself!

Rachelle Wardle said...

Gorgeous pictures Jenn! They have inspired me to go exploring and maybe run some trails before the snow sets in. Fall is such a fun time of year.

Congrats to Heather on the new baby! That is so exciting, and how great she is still running with you. Love that.

Lets get together again soon!

Elle said...

You do run in the prettiest places!

Jen @ Run for Anna said...

I love sagebrush in bloom...so beautiful, and it smells WONDERFUL after a rain.

I agree with everyone else about how gorgeous your pictures are.

Enjoy the rest of autumn while it's here!

misszippy said...

The blog looks great! And it is complimented by those spectacular pictures. I would love to run somewhere like that all the time--I think my soul belongs in that kind of setting.

Bravo for giving up the TV. I think we'd be the same here...I'd miss it, but the kids would be just fine.

Nelly said...

Great blog header pic, that looks great!

And you always have the best run pics, they look great as usual. Fall is my favorite time of the year to run, because of the cool temps, and the falling leaves - makes for great scenery.

One heart and mind said...

To say that I'm jealous is a major understatement....sigh...I'm just glad that i can live through your running. Love that trail!

Mel said...

Beautiful pics including you in your spiffy white jacket! I love the trails... can't get enough. Oh, and look at you running 16 miles!!!

Amanda@runninghood said...

Hi girl! Man oh man it has been way too long and I'm not entirely sure how I've been missing your posts. Love your pics. Congrats on your adjustment to having your youngest start kinder. You look beautiful as always...5lbs or not. Love lvoe lover your new header and blog look! I've missed you!

Nelly said...

This is long delayed, but I really appreciate the comment you left me about appreciating the shoutouts I give. It's kind of a fun game for me to play, because then I keep up with what other people are doing better that way.

Mamarunsbarefoot said...

Ok, I'm so in awe of your header that I can't even really read! HAHA!!! I've missed you!