Back in June I shared my 5 favorite summer activities which was the Friday Five theme that week. I seriously can’t believe that it’s time to talk about fall activities and that summer is over! I was reading over that post and I feel like I wrote it yesterday. As I have said, I have mixed feelings about fall but there are some things I am excited about, so let’s focus on the positive!
This time of year is probably my favorite season for running and racing. I always prefer a fall marathon to a spring marathon, both for the training and the actual race. After months of running in the heat and humidity, it feels so good to be out running in October/November when it’s cooler. I always feel so much faster during those months!
I’m excited to start cooking and eating fall produce again- including spaghetti squash, butternut squash, pears and apples. You may find me baking with pumpkin once or twice too but I think all the hype about it diminishes any excitement I may have had.
I typically enjoy fall beers and am excited to try some different ones over the next few weeks. This is also a great season for red wine (but I could justify that statement pretty much any time of year). Occasionally I also like a warm hard cider. I have a recipe that my friends and I used to make when we lived together so I try to do that once a year.
While I feel a little bit sad about putting away my flip-flops, I do enjoy boot season! I prefer fall clothes to winter clothes for sure, because who wants to have to wear 5 layers? Leggings are once again acceptable and of course we can hide our compression socks under out boots and pants again! I also love sweaters and hoodies.
For most of the fall it’s a great time to be outside! Unlike the summer when we are sweating just walking 5 steps, it’s actually comfortable to be outside during this time of year. I am trying to figure out a weekend to go wine tasting, which we did 2 years ago for our anniversary. It’s also great weather for taking walks and sitting outside having a drink.
The only thing I really don’t like about fall is that it is followed by winter!
How do you feel about fall?
What are some things you like or don’t like about this time of year?
Thanks to Courtney, Cynthia, and Mar for hosting the link-up!
Michele @ paleorunningmomma says
Fall means sweatpants instead of running shorts all day on the fashion front for me! I love fall though, all these things, plus my birthday, make it the best season!
I’m so excited for sweatpants! And hoodies, and leggings…all the comfy clothes:)
Susie @ SuzLyfe says
Though I do like/love fall, I get nervous because we have no way of knowing just how long it will last before we never get to wear anything but parkas and giant boots! So fall, please participate this year, thank you!
That makes me nervous too. I enjoy the end of September and beginning of October because its usually still fall weather. I will never forget the year we had a bunch of snow at the end of October…that’s just not fair.
I love the idea of fall! We don’t get a fall season down here, but I really wish we did. I love scarves and boots and wish I had a reason to wear them more than 2 days out of the year!
As much as I would love to live in Florida I think I would be sad about no fall weather. Although in the winter it seems to be a little more on the chilly side!
Alyssa @ Renaissancerunnergirl says
I love running in fall, and cooking with autumnal produce as well…like you said, all I dislike is knowing that a long, very cold winter lies ahead 😉
It wouldn’t be so bad if winter only lasted a month- but it always feels never-ending!
Laura @ This Runner's Recipes says
I love fall for all these reasons, plus it’s when Ryan and I both have our birthdays and anniversary! The only think I don’t like is the days getting shorter – or maybe I do, because I always sleep more when there is less daylight.
I am not liking the dark mornings lately, and its only gonna get worse.
Sheena @ Paws and Pavement says
I love fall too! Especially boots, sweaters and scarfs. I like the warmish days and cool nights too. Cute boots!
The warm days and cool nights are so great! And I love being able to layer in fall clothes.
Love fall – especially the Indian Summer when it’s still warm during the day but cool at night. And 100% can’t wait to start wearing compression socks to work. I always feel sneaky when I can pull it off 🙂
I also love the warm days and cool nights- and I am definitely excited to wear compressions socks ALL the time:)
I adore fall. I love the pumpkin patch and the smell of leaves, and of course the fall colors. Our weather is more summer than fall here still but the nights are cooler and that’s awesome!
Yes, I love all those things too! I am trying to enjoy this time of year before the winter comes:)
Hilary @ Embrace the Neon says
All these reasons! Sadly it doesn’t really cool down much where I live until November (it’ll be in the 90s all weekend). But this year I’m weirdly loving that it’s getting dark earlier. It makes it easier to run at night (not so hot) and makes me want to go to bed at a decent hour. I’m definitely looking forward to sweaters and boots!
I don’t mind that it gets darker earlier in the evenings, but I don’t like the dark mornings. Especially now that I am living out of the city it is so dark when I leave to go running!
Angie @ Pace with Grace says
I would say that only thing I don’t enjoy about fall is that winter comes right after. I love fall clothes and boots, cooler temps, changing leaves, wine, fall running, and fall scented candles burning in the house! Its a bit on the warm side here still and I’m feeling ready for fall to be here! Have a great weekend!
You just totally made me want to find some fall scented candles! Great idea!
I’ve always loved fall. I know fall meant going back to school, but soccer started up, which was awesome!
There are so many good things about fall!
I super power turbo love that yellow cardigan you’re wearing in the wine tasting picture! And your boots. Yay for Fall!
Thanks! I need to take out some of those fall clothes now that it’s a little cooler out:)
Agreed! I hate what comes after fall. But we can’t avoid it so we have to enjoy what’s here now. I love all the fall veggies that come out during this time of yr and the Specialty drinks…yum!
The fall veggies and drinks and great! Definitely a great way to enjoy fall before winter comes along.
We were totally on the same page with our posts today! I love, love, love fall for all of the reasons you mentioned. Plus, Halloween 😉
There are so many great things about this season!
Those boots are so cute! I am sad to put away the flip flops too, but now it is time to bust out the scarves! Happy Fall.
Yes! Good thing that there are good fall things to look forward to so its not quite as bad saying goodbye to summer.
Karen @ Fit in France says
I love everything about fall, except the shorter days !
Agreed! For me its been kind of depressing doing all my morning runs in the dark.
Janelle @ Run With No Regrets says
I am very much looking forward to pulling out my boots this fall! I just wish the season lasted longer!
Me too! I hope winter waits a long time to make an appearance!
Judy @ Chocolaterunsjudy says
I do love boots — and have the many pairs of them to prove them — but the great reverse migration (moving my summer clothes into the other bedroom & bringing out the fall/winter clothes) is about to commence.
I find it’s so much easier to be active in the summer, oddly enough, because I don’t have to struggle out of umpteen layers. The dogs don’t have to wait for me to pull on boots, a hat, a coat, and gloves simply to go for a walk.
And every single one of my halfs for more than a year have been unseasonably warm, fall and spring alike. I am praying for a beautiful fall day in VT to turn that mojo around! And no rain, thank you (and especially no snow — it can snow in Oct in VT! We used to live there!).
I better shut up before I make someone feel bad. 🙂
I hope you have a perfect race day! I guess its always tough to know how the weather will be when picking a race. And I have been thinking that I need to start switching out my summer clothes for fall clothes. It’s alot of work!
Sara @ Oats & Rows says
I absolutely love fall! I definitely prefer races/running in the fall over the spring. My body just can’t handle those winter runs 😉 Sadly, my weekends will soon be consumed with a class, so a fall race isn’t in the cards for me. I am totally with you on the fall/red wine thing. Since it’s cooler it’s more acceptable to drink it a little more than usual right?? 🙂 Have a great weekend!
Its definitely acceptable to drink a little more in the fall…But I can make an argument for that during any season:)
I love fall weather and fall drinks but we don’t get a lot of it here in Los Angeles! I hope that you enjoy it for those of us who don’t get the chance!
You should visit the east coast in the fall and then we should all migrate to LA in the winter when it gets obnoxiously cold here:)
I hate to see summer go, I do not like being cold. I like the cute boots and clothes. Unfortunatley I wear sweatshirts year round because for some reason I always feel cold. I went window shopping today and saw some of the cutest things. Have a great weekend
I wear alot of sweatshirts too and usually feel colder than others. There are alot of cute things out this time of year!
I love this time of year – the smells, the holidays and the coziness of it all.
It’s such a wonderful time for running too!!
Wine tasting in the fall is one of my favorite things in the world! Love a great full bodied red this time of year. Cheers!!
Yes, it’s such a great time of year!!
Megan @ Meg Go Run says
I love fall clothes too! I got a new pair of skinny jeans that are gonna look awesome with sweaters and boot. I am more excited than I should be to wear them. 🙂 I love fall also because we turn off the a/c and the heat to save a little money and open the windows for a couple weeks.
I am getting excited to do a little fall shopping! But I think first I need to go through what I already have and donate stuff that I don’t wear.
Oh girl I love those boots! If you remember, where did you get them at??
Favorite things about fall: Football season & every awesome show coming back to television. Living in Kuwait we don’t get fall weather which is such a downfall. In fact it’s suppose to be 110 degrees out today… which is becoming cool for us Haha!
I don’t remember where I got my boots! If I think of it I’ll let you know but I am seriously drawing a blank:)
I can’t believe its still so hot there! I hope you can enjoy some other fall things.
I LOVE fall! It’s my favorite season – the best weather and my favorite fashion and food! I hate winter too though and it follows too close behind!
Fall is a great season for all those reasons…but I also don’t want winter to come!
I love Fall weather. Of course running is so much better in the Fall than in the Summer. I’m actually waiting for Fall weather to happen here in Florida, so my runs will get easier 🙂 Besides that I love everything PUMPKIN 🙂
I hope it cools down for you soon!!
Cynthia @ You Signed Up For WHAT?! says
Every single one of these is a huge YES for me. I love this list!