The other day last weekend, I ran with my buddy Chris who mountain bikes out at Bear Swamp State Forest. This has been a stomping ground for Chris and I was excited to check it out. Let me tell you, Bear Swamp is swampy but also has amazing views of the Finger Lakes and has great wide trails for running, xc skiing and mountain biking. Of course the trails had there nice climbs and the footing was great considering the slop and mud from recent rain. We ran about 8 miles and the trail loops were super enjoyable and fun. I never been at a recreation facility as this one. Great wooded trails and the swamp was super cool. I had a nice easy day in the build-up to the Monster Mash 3.55 miler and it was great prep for the race. I ran a fast 17:23 for 3.55 miles and though felt tired still performed like a true champion. I must say that the Fall season and Winter season are so spectacular. They represent the coming of a time, of an age for nature and for life. We begin to hibernate during this time but also are giving the chances to reflect on our lives and to foster our bonds with friends and family. It is a time about being thankful for the life you have and for the magic and mysticism of Christmas and Santa Claus. It is a time to be outdoors and enjoy nature in its purest form. Yes, many people dislike the cold, but I take it as a blessing as colder temperatures mean that it is time to prepare for another year and to run and live the best I can. Life is precious and the memories and bonds we make are eternal.