Fall 2015 Running Goals + Favorite Fall Recipes

It’s officially fallll! A new season is a wonderful time to take a step back and think about what you want to accomplish in the next phase of the year. What’s on your list for autumn 2015? I’m focusing my goals on running this season, since I have a few exciting races coming up and fall happens to be my favorite time of the year to run.

Fall 2015 Running Goals

1- Finish a travel race

In July, I finished my first out-of-town race with the Hairpin 5k in Fish Creek, Wisconsin. Fish Creek is located in the heart of Door County. In a few weeks, K and I are headed up to Door County again for a long weekend to run the Run Wild Quarter Marathon. I’m crossing my fingers for peak color that week! The photo above was taken during peak color in Door County in 2013.

2- Run in the morning weekly

With evenings getting darker by the minute {sob}, I need to change my routine to incorporate morning runs. I’m going to start with a goal of meeting a friend once per week to run in the morning before work, with other runs in the early evening after work and on weekends.

3- Road trip trail run – Indiana Dunes

The Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore is only a short drive from the city in Porter, Indiana. I’m planning a short day trip this fall to finish a trail run and check out the beautiful views of Lake Michigan from another viewpoint.

4- Complete one cross training workout per week

I’m guilty of not mixing up my routine often enough. I’ll go weeks without doing anything except running, even though I know I should be lifting weights and incorporating other cross training into my life. A new fitness studio opened just a few blocks my house, and it’s great motivation to mix things up. My goal is to finish one cross training workout each week, either by lifting weights or attending a group class.

Favorite Fall Recipes

Besides outdoor running, fall is also my favorite time of year to focus on what’s in season. Below are a few of my favorite seasonal recipes from this blog.


Healthy Mini Pumpkin Pies

Pumpkin Chia Breakfast Cookies

Healthy Pumpkin Spice Bites



Apple Cider Muffins

Maple Apple Crisp for Two

Slow Cooker Apple Butter


Creamy Butternut Squash & Cauliflower Soup

Quinoa & Butternut Squash with Apple Cider

Butternut Squash & Spinach Lasagna

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