August Rewind

August has come and gone and it’s hard to believe how quickly summer went by! It seems like just yesterday I was breaking out my summer running clothes, and pretty soon I’ll be putting them away. August was a whirlwind, and went by much quicker than I had expected. Let’s take a look at the numbers.

Miles run: 112

Races run: 2 (Buehler’s Heart & Sole Half Marathon, Type 1 Diabetes Awareness 5k)

Miles biked: 0

Favorite Workout: 8/9 – The Perfect 20 Mile Run

My mileage for August was up and has now become my third month in a row with triple digit mileage. However, I was only one mile up from July, and  unfortunately, about 15 miles under what I had hoped to do. I’m not too disappointed, but rather surprised that my body has been able to keep up with three months of high mileage.

I ran two races in August. I continued my tradition of running in Wooster at the Heart & Sole Half. It was my third fastest half despite hills and some stomach issues. Even though I was upset about  my performance, I’ve realized that I’m a lot stronger than I think thanks to marathon training. The second race was a cross country style 5k for Type 1 Diabetes awareness. My time was much slower than I had planned, but humidity and a grass course slowed me down.

My best run of the month was my first 20 miler of the cycle. I had perfect weather, perfect fueling, the perfect route and was joined by a great group of MCRR. I averaged a 10:03 pace, something I never thought I could do for 20 miles. This run gave me the confidence that I am possible of more than I expected.

And even though I had a great 20 miler, this month was probably my hardest in terms of running. I had some really great runs, but I also had a handful of really bad runs. I definitely doubted whether I could handle a marathon or if I was wasting my time. I put so much stress and pressure on myself, that sometimes I’ve lost sight of the real reason I’m putting in these miles.

So there’s August, a roller coaster of running, and really all I’ve had time for. September is my last full week of marathon training, but will include taper, so miles won’t be in the triple digits. I want to take time this month to enjoy my workouts and hopefully enjoy cooler weather!

 

How was your August? What goals do you have for September?

 

 

May Rewind

I can’t believe how quickly May went by, and with it went a crazy month of running! The weather finally got onto somewhat of a normal schedule so I was really able to push my limits this month. Let’s take a look at the numbers.

Miles run: 83

Races run: 4 (Run.4.Fun 5k, Flap Jack & Jill 15k, Cleveland Half Marathon, Medina Half Marathon)

Miles biked: 0

Favorite Workout: 5/21 – Mastick Trails

Books read: Started The Runner’s High

Places traveled: 0

New recipes: 0

This month was by far my best month of running in a long time. Even though I had a few weeks of taper, I still managed to run more miles than I did in April. The last time I ran this many miles was last July, where I barely made it to 84 miles. This month also pushed me to 325 miles for the year, so just over halfway to my goal. Due to marathon training beginning in June, I should be on track to run at least 100 miles next month. I’ve never accomplished that, so I’m excited to cross into triple digits!

Not only did I get the miles in this month, but I raced a bunch. I ran a 5k, 15k, and two half marathons, and managed to PR in three of them! I finally broke my post college 5k PR after many attempts, and the next goal will be to get back under 25 minutes. But the real winner of the month was finally breaking 2 hours at Cleveland. It was a complete surprise and a long time in the making. It meant even more that I was able to break 2 at the place where I ran my first half marathon!

My favorite workout was through the Mastick trails with Elayna. Mastick has always been one of my favorite places to run, and I look forward to more summer miles there. I’m still reading The Runner’s High, but because it’s a combination of short stories, I don’t feel like I’m falling behind in it.

I finished the month with the end of my training cycle, and retirement of my favorite shoes. June will bring high mileage, marathon training and hopefully quick paces!

 

How was your May? What’s your favorite distance to PR in? What big plans do you have for June?

October Rewind

October wasn’t your typical month, and so the review should reflect that. I only ran once in the month of October, and while I completely enjoyed chasing daylight along my favorite path, I knew it was best for me to take some time off. Recovering from ongoing planter fascistic and just plain feeling burnt out, distance (away) makes the heart grow fonder of running and I’m ready to jump back in.

These runs are my favorite

These runs are my favorite

October was a crazy month of stress, overworking and an emotional pull in every direction. If you missed my last post, then I’ll catch you up. We bought a house! A quicker than expected decision, followed by our closing date being changed three times, and honestly, I’m so glad that it’s finally over. But really I couldn’t be more excited. I’m absolutely in love with our house, our huge deck and the fenced in yard that will *hopefully* one day contain a dog.

Home is where the heart is

Home is where the heart is

You could say I’m borderline obsessed with our newest purchase, but I’m just thrilled that I don’t have to pack up and change apartments every year. We love Medina, and are looking forward to our next chapter of life, out in the country.

So there’s October, a month off running, but a month of preparing ourselves for the next stage in life. I’m looking forward to November, and getting back into running. But even more so, I’m excited that the Christmas countdown is on!

How was your October? Any goals for November? Starting the countdown to Christmas?