It’s autumn now! And the weather couldn’t have been more perfect this week: 70s and sunny every day. If it weren’t for my case of lead legs this week, the running would’ve been perfect, too. The good news is, it’s all tapering from here on out—just 13 days till the marathon. I did my last double-digit training run today, and my legs felt heavy for all 12 miles. They’re going to love the mini muscle vacation these next two weeks. But then oy! Do they know what they’re in for?
In an effort to be more zen and less Type A, I’ve been trying to enjoy the simple things in my day-to-day life. Whether I’m running outside or cooking inside, I don’t appreciate how good I have it as much as I probably should. So here are three things that made me happy this week:
- Lake Michigan
I live just a handful of blocks from Lake Michigan, and I can honestly say that running near Milwaukee’s lakefront never gets old. I love looping past the kite shop on blustery days, when the pinwheels out front are all awhirl, and the giant rainbow kite twirls up above. While running at sunset earlier this week, I stopped my Garmin for a few minutes and stepped off trail to admire the view from this rocky alcove. Sometimes you’ve gotta slow down.
2. Apple season
As a kid, it was always a good fall day when my mom simmered a big pot of homemade applesauce, and the cinnamony goodness wafted through the whole house. But the best part was tasting that first warm bite… NOM. When I saw all the bags of apples out at the grocery store this week, I had to pick up Honeycrisps to make applesauce in the slow cooker, lazy-style. Right now my apartment smells like apple spice and everything nice, and it couldn’t be homier.
Yesterday I baked this spinach, mushroom and caramelized onion frittata for Saturday brunch. (Here’s the recipe I used, sweet potato crust and all.) I’ve made it before, so I knew it’d be cheesy and delicious, but it tasted even better shared with someone special. And he brought over peach strudel for dessert, too! Happy Saturday indeed.