And not just because I enjoy the crisp, cool temperatures.
Or fresh cider and donuts from local orchards.
It's not even because Michigan is often prettiest at this time of year, when the colors are changing on the trees and everything turns into radiant shades of red and gold.
Fall is one of my favorite seasons because I LOVE FALL SPORTS.
But that was not always the case.
I joined track in middle school because all my friends were doing it. I ran as little as I could possibly get away with. And I was never very good at it.
What I really loved was cheerleading. It was, and to some extent still is, my biggest passion. I cheered all through high school, continued on an All-Star 18+ team afterwards, and coached cheerleading for 10 years before "retiring" from coaching.
And while I was fiercely loyal to competitive cheer, one of my favorite parts of cheering and coaching was getting to watch football. Football is AMAZING. I love that stupid game. It makes no sense. In high school, when the guys would have pick up games, I was totally in. Even now, I'm the only girl in my Fantasy Football league.
I was privileged to get to follow the success of a few high school football programs during my career as a cheerleading coach. And even beyond that, I enjoy watching college and professional football.
And so as the fall season approaches, one of the things I'm most excited about is the return of cheerleading and football. I may not have "rest days" during the runstreak, but you can bet your ass that on Saturdays you'll find me rooting on my favorite college team and on Sundays cheering for the guys on my Fantasy Football roster.
Because we all need some cross training, even if it is just watching football, right? :)