Oct 24, 2007


"Well hello there my old friend," I say as I zip up my jacket and hit play on the pinkPod, "it has been a long time hasn't it?"

Of course I am just talking to the air. Literally.. the cold, crisp air. It has been so long since I have felt the crispness touch my skin that I knew the second I stepped out of work that I had to ditch the pool tonight and enjoy a real run outside.

Screw the treadmill... forget the elliptical... tonight it was just me and my old-time running partner - fall.

This time of year does something to me. I makes me want to lace up and go out side. Not always for a run, and not for some crazy time, but just to get outside and see all of fall's wonder and beauty.

Tonight was such a night. I got home late... because I was at work late... so mostly it was me in the darkness with random cars passing by on their way home. But I could still make out the leave colors, just barely. And I could hear the leaves crunching under my feet over the melodic sounds of Norah Jones. And I could smell the cold.

That is one of my favorite smells. Autumn. Fall. No matter
how cold it gets, this time of year alway feels so warming to me. Like a
desire to cuddle up next to a fire with some cocoa.

I felt like I was in a movie of sorts... the wind knocking me around, me tightly zipped up, running carelessly on the streets. It was almost like it wan't even me out there.

This has nothing to do with a killer pace or a long run.. it was a short (1.87 miles according to my routemapper) and zippy run. I didn't bring a watch or Garmin, just my pinkpod. I just wanted to be.

As a lone car would pass me, my shadow would elongate in front of me. At these times I felt as if I was running after the future me. Long and lean, a fitness machine. I would get wrapped up in the sounds and smells around me that I would just go and go and go and not even realize that I was running. I felt like I was gliding.

Regardless of what the calendar says, tonight is the first time it has really felt like fall to me.

So welcome back home old friend. I have a feeling that we will be getting together quite a bit.

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