Farewell to Summer 2014

Last night I said my goodbyes to Summer 2014. By the time I got out for my run the sun was already setting and Monday Night Football was on.

These two things can only mean that fall is here!

Don’t believe me? Go to Starbucks! The Pumpkin Spice Latte is back which basically makes things official.

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Fall certainly comes with its benefits – last night it was only 88 degrees with 59% humidity. There’s definitely something to be said for not having the sun suck the life out of you! I ran all four of my easy miles at sub 13:05 pace which hasn’t happened since last winter.

I don’t know if it was the cooler weather or the fact that my bronchitis is finally going away (or that I took so many days off last week) but it just felt so GOOD to be running. I don’t know how I ever lived without this awesome sport!

Music for the outing was provided by my girl, Britney! I’ve been listening to a lot of hip-hop lately, and it was nice to get back to my pop roots (hah!).

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For the next couple of weeks I plan to listen to as many different albums as possible to figure out the perfect playlist for Portland.

I don’t think I’ll listen to music for the first half of the marathon, but during the second half I am almost sure I will and I want to have some motivational songs queued up. Or I may just listen to “Run this Town” on repeat … I have been known to do that from time to time : )

For my fellow ultra fans, if you haven’t already, I highly recommend reading Anton’s UTMB recap and Jason Schlarb’s recap on his 4th place finish around the big mountain.

Also, I recently saw this tweet and have been meaning to share it with you:

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Good tip from Craig (not really sure who he is but the tip seems wise!).

And that’s a wrap for me today!

Do you listen to music during your races or do you prefer to take in the crowd noise? 

Do you get into the pumpkin craze during fall/winter? (I very sadly do not like Pumpkin)



  1. September 9, 2014 / 7:17 am

    I’m so happy to see you say that you don’t like pumpkin – I thought I was the only blogger that didn’t love all things pumpkin. (I like pumpkin spice candle – Yankee and that’s pretty much it.)
    Glad you had a good run!!!

  2. September 9, 2014 / 7:28 am

    This past weekend I am happy to say I ran without music. Over the past year I think I’ve become dependent on it as a soothing mechanism. For RnR I did not use it for the first half and turned it on the second half. I think I will try to do that during the marathon as well (plus I do not want to run out of battery haha)

  3. September 9, 2014 / 8:19 am

    It cracks me up how 88 feels “cool” to you. That’s still struggling temp for me lol The shorter days always makes me a little sad but I will take it for cooler. It’s been raining here for a few days so the temp has dropped. When the rain stops it’s supposed to be 90 again 🙁 I can’t run w/o music at least on low in my ear, even during a race. I have put songs on repeat too, last week I did intervals to Counting Stars on the treadmill .

  4. September 9, 2014 / 8:23 am

    I like soaking in the crowd noise! 🙂 I highly recommend it for your marathon!

  5. September 9, 2014 / 9:08 am

    I only listen to music when I need it. Definitely NOT at the beginning of the race, but close to mile 17. And then it becomes a blessing because it takes my mind off of so much other stuff. Carry your ipod/phone with you but don’t whip it out until you need it.

  6. September 9, 2014 / 10:05 am

    I am so excited for fall. Cooler weather and race season.

    No music on my runs, I like to hear the trail under my feet. Although our upcoming races are on pavement so I may need to being the headphones along.

    No pumpkin spice for me but the wife loves the pumpkin spice latte coffee.

  7. September 9, 2014 / 12:07 pm

    Run this town is a great track to run to! I think Craig’s tip applies to everything really, there’s no better way to build your endurance and mental strength than persisting during a hard run. I know it’s super cliche but I do love pumpkin everything during Autumn – the pumpkin spice latte is so so good (if not overpriced and calorific).

  8. September 9, 2014 / 12:35 pm

    I have never listened to music or used headphones in a race… I don’t like to carry everything with me.
    I like real roasted pumpkin, but that is about it…I am not into flavored coffees in general. (Boy, I sound like a negative Nellie today!)
    88* would be terribly hot for me…I am glad the humidity is down for you!

  9. September 9, 2014 / 1:00 pm

    Nononono summer isn’t over until September 21st or 22nd or somewhere around then!! It is just too early for all things pumpkin in my opinion and it definitely doesn’t feel like summer. Go away humidity! I think I’m going to need music towards the end of my marathon also to keep me pumped up and motivated. Once you perfect your playlist you should definitely share! 🙂

  10. September 9, 2014 / 1:29 pm

    I don’t listen to music during races anymore. I just have this weird feeling that I’m missing out on something and taking myself away from the moment if I put headphones in. Sometimes I’ll start my long runs with music, but once I start sweating the earbuds won’t stay in my ears. I’m hoping that I’ll be so excited and pumped up during my marathon, with all the people around and stuff, that I won’t need to rely on it in the 2nd half!

    I like some pumpkin stuff in the fall – candles, the PSL, and of course, actual physical pumpkins. But I think the craze has gotten way out of hand. We really don’t need pumpkin everything. Less is more, people.

  11. September 9, 2014 / 6:58 pm

    Ha! 88 degrees is cool? That’s like the worst of the summer temps here, and when I wait to run until 9:30 pm so it’s not so torturous. I don’t think I could be a runner if I lived in Florida!

    I’ve never gotten in the habit of regularly listening to music while running. Partly deliberate, so I don’t become reliant on it, but I also usually enjoy the quiet, meditative quality of running in silence. I definitely did use music on some long marathon training runs last summer. I’d usually wait until maybe halfway through, then it was an exciting bump in energy to keep going. 🙂

  12. September 9, 2014 / 8:49 pm

    I was a little disappointed that Starbucks pushed up the release of the PSL this year. I mean in August? Really? No.

    I enjoy pumpkin but I think I like apple stuff better. Fall is the best time for apples!

  13. September 9, 2014 / 8:52 pm

    Noooo, summer is over!!!! 🙁 But, I think you kind of get all year summer living in such a beautiful place by the beach?? 🙂

    I love pumpkin, but not as in flavour in coffees or sweetened in pies or anything (actually, I tried this once, and it was kind of delicious, anyhow). Love steamed or roasted pumpkin, or pumpkin soup, or pumpkin seeds, yum 🙂 Luckily (for me anyway) it seems to be an all year round vegetable over here. Phew… 🙂

    I don’t usually run to music in races anymore. Love the crowd sounds and other runners calling to each other, and sometimes having a chat along the way. Music for your second half sounds like a winning idea I reckon. Then you’ve got the best of both! 🙂