As I mentioned yesterday, the year is flying by.
And while I’m not quite flying with it, I’m getting closer and closer every day.
I had some pretty lofty goals for the month. Let’s see how that worked out for me.
1. Log 65 miles.
Check out September’s total. Whoomp. There it is.
For the record, I started tracking my miles in February, and I had my surgery at the end of June, with recovery going through July. It’s kind of neat to see how i’ve progressed since then.
2. Pick up the pace.
Mmm…. Yeah. My pace has improved. Not by leaps and bounds, but a little. Yay, me.
3. Work out an in-run fueling routine.
Done. I am able to take a handheld bottle on a my longer runs, along with some honey-stingers. I don’t really drink a lot of the water, and I start taking the honey stingers after about 6 miles. One every mile or two. It seems to be working. However, I do generally need to take a bathroom break between miles 5.5 and 6.5, which is extremely annoying and inconvenient. Oh, well. It could be worse.
4. Figure out how to handle pre-race anxiety.
Working on it. I still have a few days.
Not entirely unimpressive, right?
October marks the beginning of my serious half-marathon training. I have two runs (one ten miler and one untimed color run) to get through, and then it’s on to building up my miles again for my very first half in December.
Without further ado, here are this month’s goals:
1. Log 75 miles. I will probably have more, but I’m not sure how things are going to go.
2. Build distance, then speed. Once I finish my Color Me Rad 5K, I am going to start increasing my long runs again. I left off at 11 miles, and I think I’m going to push for 15 as my longest. Maybe. It sounds like a good idea right now, but we’ll see how it goes. Once I know that I can hit 13, however, it’s time to start making those miles faster. I can do this.
3. Enjoy Tower of Terror. I’ve been really thinking about how this race is going to play out. I wasn’t sure if I was going to go for speed (or my interpretation of speed) or if I was going to just soak in the atmosphere and let the actual run go by the wayside. One thing that got me nervous is that I heard that there is a walking roadblock about halfway in. Unless you’re in the first batches of runners, there’s no way you’re getting through it. Kind of annoying, but I’m prepared to just take it as it comes and enjoy. If I see a photo op I want and the line won’t put me in danger of being swept, I’m going to go for it. It’s going to be a great race, and I’m going to be there with some amazing friends, so to sweat the small stuff seems silly.
4. Enjoy Color Me Rad. Are you noticing a theme here? Even though the Color Me Rad 5K will be an encore of my Daily’s 5K Stadium Challenge, with all the glory of the concourse ramps, I think it will be fun. I’m trying to figure out what to wear and how to take lots of photos without ruining my phone. Suggestions welcome.
5. Figure out a race for November. I am trending towards a race per month. I’d like to keep that going.
6. Help Mr PugRunner get his groove back. Like so many other, Mr PugRunner is experiencing a Runner Funk. I feel terrible about it, but I’m not entirely sure how to help him. He’s not excited about his race on Saturday and he’s not enjoying his training. He’s looking at a lot of different factors: his pace, his route, his routine, his shoes, his diet. He has asked me about incorporating compression socks, and has spent a lot of time reading online to see if he can find some solution to his problem. After much back and forth, he made the decision to take the rest of the week off, run on Saturday and return to the 5-10K training program next week. I’m thinking the variation of short and longer runs and speed work might help jumpstart his body into liking the sport again. Once again, if you have any advice, I’d love to hear it on his behalf.
How did you do on your September goals?
What do you have planned for October?