Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Hello Summer, Bye Summer

After a decidedly fall-like summer, we are finally getting some hot and humid weather around here. I'm not complaining, because I love summer, but I must admit I really enjoyed running in the cooler weather.

At the same time, I'm getting all sorts of reminders that summer is almost over. Our local fair has come and gone (with a successful boycott by yours truly, but that's another story). Back to school specials are everywhere. I'm making plans for Labor Day weekend. Sophie's new (insanely cute) habit of saying "night-night sun" as the sun sets is happening earlier and earlier every day.

Usually I would be on the brink of depression realizing that my beloved summer days are numbered. The thought of freezing cold, short days, and losing my husband to his mistress -- ice fishing -- usually sends me to internet searching for jobs in California or Hawaii.

But this year? I'm sort of excited for fall and winter to come. I'm changing my focus in order to change my attitude. Don't I sound like a self-help book? Instead of focusing on how freaking cold it's going to be, I'm focusing on what the second week of January will bring -- Marathon Training.

I've kept to my word and not run another marathon in 2009, but I am already gearing up for 2010. I liked running my marathon in May, so I've been looking at the May marathons. Right now, my number one choice is Madison. So even though I know when the time comes I will certainly do my fair amount of whining about the cold and snow, right now I am excited to be back on a plan and have a big goal to work towards. Plus I will no longer be tempted to skip running for golfing (sidenote to the track: hope you didn't miss me too much last night, it was just too nice to pass on a night of golf with my hubby and Sophie).

10 comments:

Jamoosh said...

Madison is a good choice. It was shut down the year before Chicago due to heat, but they do put on a darn good event. When I ran it, it ended at Bratfest - how cool is that - assuming one likes brats.

B.o.B. said...

I too am looking forward to cooler temps, although here in Florida that doesn't mean too much. Best of luck on your training!

Running Through Life said...

I like the positive attitude about fall/winter! Madison sounds like a good one. I will at least run the 1/2 at Madison next year. And yes Bratfest is right next to the finish line. Brats and beer sound yummy.

Marlene said...

I think training for a Spring marathon is a great idea. I keep asking myself why I'm training for a fall marathon right now! There's too much going on and it's too hot/humid! (But, you know, I still love it. heh)

Mama said...

Hmm, I may have to check out the Madison marathon. It's about the right time for when I want to run one AND it's only an hour from my parents' house...

Glad you have something to look forward to!

MCM Mama

ShutUpandRun said...

I hate the fair too. My husband doesn't get why any one boycotts it. But I do. Good luck picking that marathon. That's the hardest part...

aron said...

come out to cali for the winter!!! i love the fall and winter cooler temps :) but i dont have CRAZY cold like you!

D10 said...

My favorite season is Fall. While I like the heat, on most days, there is just soemthing about fall. I think it is great that you are looking forward to January! Having a marathon to train for will definitley help during the winter months.

Mel-2nd Chances said...

ya, summer has showed up with a vengeance here too. .. i think fall is my favorite season :) Nice change of focus!!

X-Country2 said...

It's been HOT here this week, but you're right, it took a long time to get to summer. Odd. Good luck with your 2010 races!