Part of the magic of running is the chance to experience the changes in the seasons. The running motion remains the same, but the scenery, the air you breath, and all the wonderful things you soak into your body cycle. From the cold air of winter that makes your cheeks red and icicles form on your eyebrows, to the warmth of spring that sucks the tulips from the ground and thaws out your muscles, and then the scorching heat of a mid day summer run that makes your brain delirious. And now perhaps the best running season of all, Autumn, where the air is brisk, and earth is metamorphosing all around us.
Autumn running is perhaps the best, but are we there yet? Sure, the calender says September 22nd, at 10:49 am, but...
When Target clears out a special row for Halloween costumes? When you buy a bag of Halloween candy from Target, but then open it up and eat it a month early?
Okay, that last one was waxing poetic and waxing pretty bad. Here are what minds and mouths much greater and poetic than mine have said about this glorious season:
Delicious autumn! My very soul is wedded to it, and if I were a bird I would fly about the earth seeking the successive autumns.
Autumn is a second spring where every leaf is a flower.
I cannot endure to waste anything as precious as autumn sunshine by staying in the house. So I spend almost all the daylight hours in the open air.
Nature's first green is gold,
Her hardest hue to hold,
Her early leaf's a flower;
But only so an hour.
Then leaf subsides to leaf.
So Eden sank to grief,
So dawn goes down to day.
Nothing gold can stay.
Fall is my favorite season in Los Angeles, watching the birds change color and fall from the trees.
Winter is an etching, spring a watercolor, summer an oil painting and autumn a mosaic of them all.
Autumn, the year's last, loveliest smile.
William Cullen Bryant
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