Fall is a time of wonder. A time of renewal.

The fall of the leaves reminds me that nothing last forever.

That in life there are seasons.

We can not be green and bright year round. We are beautiful when we are red, orange and yellow.

Fall is a time when a simple leaf can bring immense joy and happiness to the face of a child.

The changing color of the trees signals the beginning of marathon season. Marathons make me feel confident, beautiful on the inside as I find the strength to fit it all in. Mother. Wife. Friend. Daughter. Aunt.

Fall makes me happy. The crisp air. The chilly nights. The dark mornings. I love them all.

What do you love about Fall?

Are you racing this weekend? Do you like spring marathons or fall marathons better? Or is a marathon a marathon?!

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  1. Love this- such awesome pictures!! I love everything about Fall, but the season is so short! I love the weather, the color of the leaves, hot chocolate, and the crunchy leaves I run over! After this summer, I think that I will like training in the winter better for a Spring marathon, but I could be totally wrong! Right now, I am having a hard time running in the dark. I typically run on the W&OD and it’s scary in the dark by myself! It’s really hard to see the ground as well, which is really dangerous. What do you use on the morning dark runs so you can see and feel comfortable and not scared?

  2. Hi Jenn – So first thing my speedy friend suggested when she helped me become a morning runner is NOT to run on the W & OD at the time of the morning I was running….so I run loops [different each and every day] around my town. I have a headlamp but don’t typically use it because it is very well lit. Saucony Vizi Pro Pink gear is a lifesaver for making me visible on days I want to be visible. Other days I want to blend in and not have people notice that I am out running alone….I stick to darker colors those days. I also NEVER listen to music and as my husband says – I run scared – I don’t want to get comfortable and forget that I need to be VERY aware of my surroundings at that time of morning. Where do you live?

    Oh and thank you on the pictures :) I love taking pics of little people – they make every picture better 😉

  3. I just registered for my second half-marathon – the Reston one that you mentioned on Twitter – and I walked back a 12 week training schedule and realized I’d have to start on December 30th to be ready. That is a little intimidating for someone who is not very good at being motivated in the winter – the dark gets to me more than the cold does.

    I work a 9-5 office job in downtown DC, and I have access to showers, so I may end up doing my shorter 30-40 minute runs during my lunch break so that I can run along the Mall (always fun) and in daylight and when it is not so cold. I have to plan ahead for that, though, and ensure I bring a lunch and have my running gear with me.

    Your dedication is honestly a huge inspiration to me. I run this body.

  4. Dorothy, I just have to tell you that this post was perfectly timed for me. You brought tears to my eyes.

    “We can not be green and bright year round. We are beautiful when we are red, orange and yellow.”

    That spoke to me so much. I was in the middle of training for my first marathon in December (I ran my first half last December), and I discovered that my health is fading quickly. I’m in the middle of trying to find a diagnosis with my doctors; it’s likely an auto-immune illness.

    Needless to say, I have been quite depressed about it because I LOVE running and fitness, but I’m just not able to even clean my house right now let alone run even a mile. It feels like a part of me is dying, a part that I really love. (Why can’t the crappy parts about me die, right?)

    So your post was very well timed. Thank you for allowing God to speak to me through you this morning. :)

    Hugs, Annie

  5. Thanks! This helps! I will probably just stay clear of the WOD – seems like the safest thing to do. I definately do run scared every morning, so I guess that’s not such a bad thing as I am always on the lookout for everything. And I agree, music is a no-no for me in the dark as well. I live in Ashburn off Claiborne Pkwy – just 1 mile from the WOD! :)

  6. Just wanted to tell you that you prompted a post: http://www.anniesblessednest.com/2012/10/autumn-season-of-life.html

  7. I’m a working mom and the only thing that has saved me and my sanity is lunch break runs! I really really recommend doing them if it is available to you. It crosses it off my to-do list, breaks up the work day, and when I’m “done” for the day, I’m really done. You’ll get used to packing for them the night before, and it is so worth it.

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