Lest anyone be misled by the title: I am emphatically not one of those people who gets excited about Christmas the second the calendar says it’s fall. One month at a time, please. But since fall has officially made its appearance, we can get excited about that now. Fall means that ’tis the season….
For catching whatever bug is going around, or maybe it’s allergies?
I started feeling a weird tickle/air bubble (told you it was weird) in my throat last Sunday. Monday I thought my allergies were acting up…by Tuesday it had morphed into full-fledged cough/congestion/sinus headache. Since I had a 30K to run this weekend, clearly this was not the right time for this nonsense.
Tuesday/Thursday are the days I teach, so I took an allergy medicine that includes pain reliever and decongestant, plus sucked on cough drops pretty much non-stop to avoid spreading my germs around. Wednesday I stayed home and did very little apart from willing myself to get better. Friday I was feeling about 80% better, so I went for a short run to test things out. I was fine, although still a bit stuffy. Whew.
For apple picking & canning
While we were in Missoula for the concert last weekend, I scoped out a u-pick apple orchard. We picked enough to make ~8 pints of applesauce, plus a few pounds more for other purposes. While store bought applesauce is cheap, it’s one of those things where I think there’s no comparison to the homemade version. I actually canned the applesauce while I sick last week – it’s a low-energy, mostly hands-off task if you use an Instant Pot. However, you absolutely should not use the quick pressure release if you do this. Don’t ask. It was a mess.
For fall races
I was still not 100% better Sunday, but well enough to run my 30K and actually finish faster than I expected. (Allergy meds and cough drops to the rescue again.) I’ll get a full recap written soon. Here’s a sneak peak of the course: an area where stream and trail converge. The stream crossing was probably ~30-40 feet wide.
My next fall race will probably be a trail 14K in 3 weeks. I have an 8K penciled in the weekend before that, but I’m leaning towards skipping it because 1) it’s an afternoon race 2) registration is kinda expensive 3) I’d rather run a different 8K I ran last fall, assuming it’s held this year. That one will probably be a last minute decision.
Have you ever made applesauce?
Do you like afternoon/evening races?