If there’s a time in my life where I’m most excited to be outside, it’s right now. The season is starting to change and it’s like God is beckoning us all to come out and enjoy His creation!
Knowing that winter will be at our doorstep in a few short months (and will it ever, says this Ohioan!) – I try to make the most of being outside as much as possible. I feel like I can store up “outside credits” to draw from when I’m stuck inside during the snow and cold. No? That’s not how it works? Bummer.
This time of year can also be difficult as many of us are transitioning into new seasons of life with school starting- activities in full motion, and football games, bonfires, and more, so here’s how I grab it in!
1) Family Day at the Farmer’s Market.
Our local markets start mid-June and last until mid-October. We try to grab up every Saturday morning that we can to enjoy fresh eggs, veggies, honey, and more! (There may be a homemade cinnamon roll and coffee in there too!) Our family loves to do this together and it’s something we all enjoy!
2.) Long(er) morning runs
I tell new runners that the best time to start running is not at the beginning of the summer, but instead the late summer/early fall. The temperatures are perfect and you can’t beat the scenery! My best friend and I tend to log more miles during this time, whether we are training for a race or not! We often “celebrate” with a cup of coffee after and a nice chat. The simple pleasures in life!
3) Free- for- all Outdoor Family Fitness
My husband and kids enjoy bike rides–I, on the other hand, do not. I’d run the trail behind them any day–and sometimes we do just that! We pack up the bikes and I lace up my running shoes and out we go! They have fun turning around and lapping me, then we end the night with ice cream. (Everything equals out, right?) There are other times when we take the kids to the outdoor track at a college near us and let them play, while hubby and I do sprints or run laps. And if it’s just the kids and I, I try and do fun workouts like this swing set slimmer or the PUMPkin workout!
I try to make the best of each environment, no matter where we are! (Do trampolines after dinner count?)
How do you enjoy spending these last days of summer as you prep for the fall? I would love to hear what you and your family do!
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Oh how I love the fall. I am new to running and have been doing it in the morning while it’s quiet and everyone else is still sleeping, and I beat the steamy 90 degree days. I’m new, so I’m also a wimp in the heat. I can’t quite do 3 miles without stopping several times yet, but I”m getting there.
We love to be outdoors in the fall. We go for walks, bike rides, my daughter loves throwing rocks into the canal water. She’s a crafty one, so we find leaves, acorns, sticks, etc and she glues like a mad women back at home.
I totally agree about starting running in late summer/early fall! I am hoping to get back into running, but the last time I kept up a consistent running routine, it was in the fall/early winter. It’s so much nicer outside – I’d rather run in cool/cold weather than hot! Thanks for the encouragement to get outside while I can! I live near Atlanta, GA, so it’s still hot here (in the 90s), so while we have had some rare cooler mornings in the 60s, I am waiting for it to cool off a little. 🙂
We’ve been playing tennis as a family, which is James and I playing and the kids throwing tennis balls on a different court. We also go walk around Apple Hill, which is like a Farmer’s Market but with mostly apples. I’ve started running a mile in the mornings. We go to the parks at any time of day and try to wander around the Farmer’s market when I’m not working.