Happy October, everyone! I’m writing from the comfort of my blue couch at home (in NH) tonight. I should be at bed, because I’ll be up at 2:30 AM on Monday morning to head back to Maryland. It’s been a crazy, amazing couple of weeks, but I’m ready for a week with lots of sleep.
As I shared earlier in the week, things to finish off September got a little nuts, but I was able to stay mostly on track.
Week of 9/25 to 10/1/2017
Monday: Rest day — I only had time during my afternoon break to run. The treadmills at the gym were being replaced, and it was over 90 outside. So, no run.
Tuesday: Unplanned rest day, again. I woke up ready to run, but my left knee was feeling very odd and I didn’t want to risk injury.
Wednesday: FINALLY, a run. 3.4 miles at NP. During the 5:30 workout I tied my PR, then I stayed for a little bit of 6:30.
Thursday: My run ended up being split into two for various reasons. 3.2 miles in the morning, and 4 miles at the gym in the afternoon. The AM miles were nice and easy, and I ran faster during the PM miles. I was happy to have low heart rate averages for both!
Friday: Rest and travel day!
Saturday: 10 miles in New Hampshire! I planned for 14, but exhausted me slept through all 6 alarms. The miles started out slow (and uphill) but I ended the run feeling strong and with a fast mile average for a long run. It was the best long run I’ve had at home since moving!
Sunday: 3.92 miles at a local race (was supposed to be 4 miles). Finished in 39:50, which I will take for pushing my nephew in his stroller! I had so much fun pushing him and felt like a bad ass aunt. My last two miles were sub-10, and if it weren’t for mile 2 (all uphill) I would have been close to a 4 mile PR if the course was to length.
Weekly total: 24.5 miles
With Sunday came along October, one of my favorite months! I’m not particularly a Halloween person, but I love fall and October comes with many fun events (and races)! Now I am in the double digit countdown for heading to Disney for 39.3 miles.
September consisted of 2 races, the Charles St 12 Miler (PR/Course Record) and Ragnar DC. I’m proud of my performances at both, and they are reminders that training slow and staying healthy is working. I’ve had a share of tough runs lately, but they are worth it when I show up to a race and am proud of myself.
At the end of the month, I had logged 106.8 miles and averaged 26.7 miles a week. It’s not my highest, or my lowest. Considering how my new training plan is set up, I’m pretty content with how it went!
I started October with a no-pressure, fun race. On the schedule for this month is the Balti-Moron-a-Thon on the 21st, and the Towson Homecoming 5K on the 28th. I likely won’t “race” any of them, but I would be lying if I said I wasn’t running for a course record for the Baltimore Half Marathon. I’ve ran this twice (2015, 2016) and improved by only seconds. I plan to run the course this weekend (+2 miles) to prep mentally because, man, those hills are rough!
Personally, October will also be a big month. Jake and I start up our weekly skee-ball league again, we will share our first halloween together (last year I had MCM), Jake is moving into a new condo, and we have a number of social engagements. Most everything is we right now, and I love it.
My goals for this month are to follow my plan a little more closely (Ragnar especially threw me off) and to run at least 115 miles. I am slightly behind on my 1,200 miles goal (by about 14 miles) and would like to build up some wiggle room!
Do you have anything fun coming up in October? How did your September turn out?