Remember back in elementary school when all the music classes had to put on choir concerts? There's one song from one such concert - it must have been fourth or fifth grade - that pops back into my head with perfect clarity every weekend. Hence the post title.
Scarred for life, guys.
My Saturday was definitely the best day all week long (as the song goes) this week. It started with a very cool and breezy 8-miler with Tracey. I accidentally paused my Nike+ at mile four so I can't see my splits, but we completed the run in just under an hour-thirty, so I know we kept a nice pace for an LSD, and I know we picked it up at the end.
|Oh fall, I love you.
Now don't get me wrong, eight miles isn't easy and it's not painless, but it just seems so much easier and more doable since I've been lengthening my long runs. It's so much easier to wrap my head around eight; I didn't even end up needing to fuel.
(Later in the day I caught myself saying "only eight miles" and had to make a conscious effort to stop. I don't want to be that runner. Eight miles is nothing to sneeze at; runners who talk like this deserve all the rolled eyes they get.)
We finished before sunrise. I guess that's how you know winter is looming.
|Post-run breakfast: a Van's whole grain GF waffle with syrup and an over-easy egg.
After the run, I met Matt after his first SUP race of the day. He had two: one 4.5-miler and another just under three miles. The second race was put on by the city for their annual fall festival, River Fest. There was a big group of Matt's friends racing, so I had company in their SO's while we waited for them downriver. Because of the festival, the park was packed with food, games, and music to entertain us while we waited for awards to be announced.
|Matt at the start of the downriver race.
|Jared, Justin, Meg, and Matt after the awards. Justin and Meg placed first in their divisions; Matt placed second!
|Enjoying the perfect weather!
We finished the day with food truck barbecue and a light nap. All our afternoon activity in the sun really wiped me out.
|Photo courtesy of Meg...I had pulled pork and coleslaw. Yum!
I'm looking forward to a very lazy day tomorrow!
Did you run long or race this weekend?
Does your city host a fall festival of any kind?
What's your favorite season?