September, already! Where is this year going? Fall is on us (some may say that the official first day of autumn is September 22, but we all know it’s when the Pumpkin Spice Latte returns to Starbucks).
This week’s numbers don’t look great, but that’s because I gave Mr PugRunner Saturday morning and I took Sunday morning for my long run instead. He’s got a 3.5 mile race on Monday morning and wanted to rest on Sunday. It’s going to throw a wrench into this week, but I’ll figure something out.
Monday: 3.15 mile run
Tuesday: rest day, light weights
Wednesday: 3.24 mile run
Thursday: rest day, light weights
Friday: 3.5 mile run
Now, let’s look at my August goals.
1. Get on track with the training for my 10 miler. I feel much better about where I am in training this month.
2. Commit to an interval training or get off the proverbial pot. I made the switch to intervals. My new system has me running 10 minutes (so about a mile) and then switching to 2:30-1 intervals. I’ve felt really good about it. Sometimes I get bummed that I’m not going faster, but my body feels good and I am noticing my speed picking up on the running portions of my training, so that’s positive. I have plenty of room for improvement, but all in good time.
3. Run 50 miles. I did 55! It should have been 62, but with the change of long run day, I lost out. Blah. That’s ok, 55 is still more than 50, so check!
4. Enjoy the journey. I am. Really, I am.
5. Work in more cross-training. Eh. I was supposed to start boot camp, but with the start of school and getting used to the new morning routine… it hasn’t really happened. I’ve tried to better about my yoga and doing some light weights at home, so that will have to do for now.
6. Stop being hard on myself. I think I’ve been keeping this in check. Even when my runs have been dismal, I just try to brush them off, log the miles, and look forward to the next training session.
I’m in a good place, but there’s always room for improvement, so here’s what I’m working on for September:
1. Log 65 miles. Go big, or go home.
2. Pick up the pace. I’ve let speed work go by the wayside as I’ve been making my comeback. I’m feeling comfortable enough where, once a week, I think I can start pushing my limits a little bit more and speed up. Can’t hurt to try.
3. Work out an in-run fueling routine. Now that my runs are getting longer, I’ve stocked up on some different fuels to carry in the pouch of my handheld water bottle. I am looking something with a tolerable texture (sorry, Gu), good flavor, and most importantly, that won’t send me sprinting for the restroom. Hoping that my selection works out positively for me.
4. Figure out how to handle pre-race anxiety. This is a doozy. Tower of Terror is right around the corner, and I am already feeling flutters of nerves. I need to get a handle on it, because sitting around all day on race day is going to drain me before the 10:00 PM gun time. And drained is no way to go into 10 miles. I’m not the best at being patient, or waiting calmly, so this is going to be a huge challenge for me. Not entirely sure how I’m going to get it under control, but I’m working on it.
So there it is. The September gauntlet is thrown. Let’s see what I can do with it.
Are you ready for fall? What’s your favorite part of the season.
What are your big plans and goals for September?