September wasn’t really my month in the fitness capacity.
Which is ok. Because some months are going to be that way. But fizzling out is kind of discouraging and humbling, and I don’t like the way I’m feeling about it.
However, I was coming off a long, hot, humid, painful summer of pretty consistent training. So, I’m entitled to a little bit of a slowdown, even if it is in the middle of a marathon training cycle. Or at least that’s what I’m telling myself.
- I. Slacked. On. Yoga. I am having a hard time fitting it into my schedule right now. With mornings still so hot, and our days so busy with getting little man off to school and PTA and extracurriculars and homework, and both of us training for distance runs… well, yoga is the thing that suffered. I miss it. My hips miss it. My sense of adventure and confidence miss it. Yoga made me stronger and more daring. Is such a thing possible? I’m going to have to figure out how to get it back into my routine.
- I am afraid of runs longer than 13.1 miles. I need to get a handle on this (ridiculous and stupid) fear. Because I have this thing called a marathon coming up, and I’m going to have to run longer than 13.1 miles. That’s what marathons are all about. Hopefully, my plan of splitting my next long run will give me a mental handle on what’s to come, because I am struggling pretty hard with all the feelings.
- I overcame my self-conscious nonsense and ran with a buddy. One was in a race, and once was for a training run. No one pointed and no one laughed. It was nice. I need to make it a habit.
- I listened to my body. A lot. Maybe more than I should have. But I had some tired, exhausted, sluggish days, and on those days, I ignored my alarm and my Mizunos. It was the right thing to do.
- I was spontaneous. Registering for a race the week of instead of months in advance. Changing up my standard long run route. So many runners are creatures of strict habit. I’m proud of myself for daring to challenge those habits.
Random September Happenings:
- Little man learned how to ride a two-wheeler! It’s been a hard-fought battle, but he’s decided he wants a skateboard, and so he went out of his way to prove to us that his balance was up to snuff. We are so ridiculously proud of him. I love that he put himself out there and didn’t give up. It’s also amazing to see how much he improves every time he goes out for a spin. He went from wobbling along, struggling to maintain a straight line, to making it all the way to the end of the street, to navigating turns. Amazing.
- I was selected as a ZOOMA Florida Ambassador for the Amelia Island event! Want to join me in January for a beautiful, scenic half marathon, 12K or 5K? Register here and use code JENN15 to save 10% off the fee for any distance.
I was offered a job! I won’t be starting for a while, but I’m excited all the same!
- I have been keeping up with my reading and finished another three books (Voyager, Dragonfly in Amber and The 1o0-Foot Journey)
- We booked a Disney Cruise for an extended family vacation. I’m not a big cruiser (I get horribly seasick and I don’t like the feeling of being trapped on a boat), but little man Mr PugRunner and Papa Bear are all very excited (or will be – little man doesn’t know yet), and so I agreed to take the leap.
- Up the mileage. Obviously. It needs to be done. Period. The end.
- Return to yoga. My hips and calves need me to find the time.
- Talk Mr PugRunner into registering for a fun 5K (beer related) or a holiday-themed 10 miler. Yay for running dates.
- Rock Halloween. Because it’s my favorite.
I can’t believe it’s fall and we’re in the last parts of 2014. We are getting closer and closer to all my big races and events, and it’s incredibly exciting!
How was your September, personally and in the fitness sense?
What are your goals for October?
What’s something awesome that has happened to you recently?