My Connecticut Fall Bucket List – 2016 Edition

As I type this on a Saturday Morning at Starbucks, I think that maybe, possibly Fall has begun.

It’s a wonderful time of year (and my second favorite season)!!  The weather cools down slightly and I can finally break out my favorite corduroy pants that I have been itching to wear.

In years past, I would still be in the throws of marathon training BUT since I am done (at least for now) with marathon training for the near future, I am actually going to fully enjoy coming weeks.

So, taking a page from Kate from Connecticut (and in all honestly my entire Pinterest Feed at this point) – I have decided to create my own “Connecticut Fall Bucket List”.

My hope is to include some things  1) I might not have done in many years and/or 2) have wanted to but for one reason or another have not and 3) still stay active.

I will also be sharing my journey to keep me accountable,  so without further ado here is my Connecticut Fall Bucket list.

Connecticut Fall Bucket List

  1.  Run the Hartford Half Marathon on October 8, 2016 – this one is actually a no brainer.  I am already scheduled to run this race.  It’s one of my favorites and literally 10 minutes from my doorstep.  I missed seeing a lot of running friends this summer so I plan on taking advantage of it in 2 weeks.
  2. Take a Fall Foliage Hike – Connecticut has a great trail system, so once the weather cools I plan on taking a hike at Sleepy Giant State Park or climb the Hublein Tower in Simsbury.
  3. Feel the Crisp Autumn Air While Running – After such atrocious running conditions this summer, I am looking forward to wearing a LIGHT long sleeve shirt and capri pants for my morning run.
  4. S’Mores Around the Fire Pit – Although Mark and I have had several fires over the past couple of weekend, they were not accompanied by S’Mores.  This must and will change in the coming weeks.
  5. Drink A Seasonal Beer (or Two) – Mark really loves this time of year as he is a big Oktoberfest fan.  I am coming around to it as well, especially since there are so many great Connecticut breweries close to home.   I love these brews because it’s the last stop before brewers start brewing heavy winter beers.
  6. Make a Dessert Using Connecticut Apples – I am volunteering Mark for this one.  He makes a mean (in a good way) Apple Bake and I look forward to it every fall.  Apples, Almond milk, Craisins, and a dash of flour – it’s simple, healthy, and delicious.
  7. Attend An Outside Scary Movie Night  – This one is actually on my calendar.  I can’t wait, especially since our friends have a huge back yard that can get a bit creepy once the sun goes down.  I have missed the last two that they held because of the New York City Marathon, so I am happy I don’t have to miss it this year.
  8. Bake Pumpkin Bread – I am not sure what specific recipe I will be using so feel free to leave a comment with any suggestions.
  9. Dress up for Halloween – This one is still up in the air.  For years Mark and I hosted a party but in recent years that has shifted to a Christmas Party.  Anyone know of a good party in the Hartford area- let me know.
  10. RACE the Manchester Road Race – For locals who just read that, I know, I am probably a bit crazy BUT that is where my focus is taking me for the next couple of weeks.  The race is 4.748 miles and I am hoping to move from the U38 group to U35.  It’s going to take some work but I am up for the challenge.
  11. Attend a Football Game – It can be College, Local, or Professional but there is nothing like football on a Sunny Saturday Morning in the fall.
  12. Try Some New Restaurants – This item is not specific to Connecticut but this is a Running AND Food blog – my food has been a bit boring the weeks leading up to the marathon – time to shake things up.

So there you have it – my Connecticut Fall Bucket List for 2016.  Hope you will check back from time to time to see how I am doing and possibly give yourself ideas of how you can make the most of this Fall season.




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