Welcome, autumn

Not only was Sunday the first full day of fall (my favorite season), it was also the annual Race For Our Kids, a road race I look forward to every year.

Race proceeds benefit pediatric oncology at the Herman and Walter Samuelson Children’s Hospital at Sinai. Raising money for sick children and exercising is a win-win. 

This was my fifth year participating in race and the third year that my (now) husband and I registered together. I was pumped. To top it off, Sunday was the perfect morning for a run – there was a chill in the air, the sun was shining and the sky was a brilliant blue.

As my husband and I set out on the 6.2 mile course, I could not help but notice the babbling brook we passed and the way the leaves blew in the breeze. Families came out of their homes to cheer on the runners and show their support. Dozens of police officers stood in the middle of intersections, stopping cars from passing through so a few hundred runners could make their way on the course.

My husband and I chatted as we ran, but we also spent part of the race in a comfortable silence. As I ran, I felt peace and serenity as I enjoyed the beautiful world around me that God created.

I am looking forward to many more moments like that this fall and spending time outside.

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