...and just like that, it's time to enter the 'Fessional and bare the soles...
Let's just say there's been some stuff going down recently. It's always best to 'fess-it-out on the blog (you know, among friends and such). A runner cannot keep all this stuff unmentioned, am I right?
Shall we get started?
First off, I fall-fess that maybe (just maybe?) I have acclimated to the crazy suddenly-winter-like weather in Iowa. Yes, you heard that right. Me, the gal who begrudgingly bids farewell to Summer, may already be (somewhat) accustomed to the cooler outdoor conditions. I went for a short run, in 68F temps (with 18mph wind)...and had to roll-down the arm warmers shortly after leaving my house. This was in the wee hours, so there wasn't any bright sunshine overhead, either. Things that make you go Hmmm.
Speaking of the much cooler weather, I have been reunited with my indoor bike, Sebbe. Can I bike-fess that it's been fun to break a sweat while pedaling without having to worry about traffic? Even though it's quite a bit warmer indoors than outside in the open air, I don't have to deal with helmet hair or helmet head (I sometimes get a headache from my helmet). Don't worry, I'm still hoping to sneak in a few more outdoor rides before any of the "white stuff" appears and I'm saving my Sebbe time for when the weather is inclement or it's too dark outside (like in the pre-sunrise - or post-workday - hours).
On a related note, this week saw my final hilly bike path ride for the 2022 season. I set a goal of surpassing last year's 20 weekly rides, and I made it to 25! It's bittersweet to see this weekly ritual come to an end, but I brrr-fess it sincerely was getting too cold in these final weeks! Most of these rides were with my friend Amy, but Barb joined us a few times as well. I even did a couple of these rides all on my own. If you care to do the math, these rides were usually at least 15 miles in distance (there were a few times I tacked on some additional bonus miles, though), so that's 375 miles of crazy hills (and usually wind, LOL) right there.
Most know I ran the Principal 5K Road Race a couple weeks ago. At the expo, they always have a place for donating shoes...and this year I finally remembered to bring some! This is something I'd been meaning to do for a long time. I shoe-fess that it really felt quite liberating. I parted ways with six special pairs of shoes and had no regrets, or remorse, in doing so.
Finally, can we talk about the beauty of the sky? It's a given that I dread the the diminishing daylight. The sunrise is coming later and later, and it won't be long before I'll be chasing the sunset on the drive home from work. But, let me sun-fess, the colors never disappoint no matter how early (or how late) they appear. Just this week, Tuesday's sunset was a show-stopper...
And Thursday's sunrise was a spectacular of showcase of cotton-candy-colored delight...
So, there you go! There's plenty more where these 'fessions came from, but I'll just leave these to stand on their own. You can thank me later.
How about you? What do you have for this month's 'fessions? Are you acclimating to the change of seasons and diminishing daylight?