83.34 miles run in September! For some reason I thought I ran less than this in September. Haha not sure why, but oh well, I’ll take it! I’m pretty happy with what I’ve accomplished last month. 🙂
But really what I’m most happy with from the month of September was the 13 mile long run I did on the 29th. It definitely wasn’t the best long run I’ve ever done. I didn’t feel so great during the first 2 miles but I started getting into a good groove around mile 3. Miles 4-7 were an absolute blast, and then it kinda went downhill from there. Miles 8, 9, 10, and 11 weren’t terrible, but they were definitely less fun. But the last two miles were an absolute suffer fest. Honestly almost didn’t do them. I thought about quitting and going home every few minutes. I didn’t though. I endured those last 2 miles and finished my longest run of half marathon training ever.
I guess that’s why this run sticks out to me so much. I went through some high highs, some low lows, and pretty much everything in between and still finished. Which was probably really good for my mental game.
Plus I’ve never gone over 12 miles for a long run in a half marathon training cycle before, so yet another reason why this one stands out. But I figured it’s well past time that I start increasing my long runs. I’m obviously capable of doing so. I’m slow, so it takes me a while to get these longer runs done, but I have the time and means to dedicated to it. Plus long runs are a very important part of any training cycle. Even for shorter distance runners. So I figure if they’re running 15, 16, or 17 miles for a long run I should be to. So that’s currently what I’m working toward. I plan on doing 16 miles for my peak week long run this training cycle. The thought of that makes me really excited, but also really nervous. It’s probably going to be really hard. But I know I can do it.
Alrighty, enough about long runs for now though, let’s talk about other goals! Specifically, goals that I had set for myself in January and have so far well, not stuck to necessarily, but have been thinking about/working on all year. Which is something I’ve never really done before haha. My main goals have been to keep a training journal, to write down one good thing every single day in said training journal, to hit 10,000 steps almost every day (total and complete rest days are important. Especially when you tend to me injury prone like I am. 😉), and to increase my weekly running mileage, and there for my monthly/yearly running mileage as well.
So for the past few months I haven’t been doing a great job at keeping up with my training journal. In fact, last month I didn’t write in it at all. And this month I only have a few times. I really should keep up with it. I think it’s important to be able to look back on your training for several different reasons. Figure out how an injury started, keep an accurate log on how you’ve been feeling, the ability to go back and see that yes you have put in the work, etc. but I don’t know man. I usually put up a weekly recap here so I can go back and look through those if I want to, and that’s kinda how I fell out of the habit of writing in my journal. But handwriting a training log and not sharing it with anyone else is definitely much more personal and probably more honest. So I really should get back in the habit of doing so.
My step goal is probably the goal I’ve been most successful with at this point. I’ve done a pretty darn good job of keeping up with it. But honestly it’s kind of hard not to hit 10,000 steps when you run 4-5 times a week and have 3 dogs that need walked. 😂 That being said, this has actually been my worst month of hitting my step goal almost every day. I didn’t do terrible or anything, but still, I could have done better with it.
And last but not least, the goal I haven’t really talked about very much throughout the year; increasing my running mileage. I set a very lofty number for myself in January and I haven’t even gotten close to that yet. While I would like to get there eventually, I’m still pretty happy with what I’ve been able to accomplish so far. Last year my weekly mileage usually ended up being around 15-18 ish miles. 20 Miles was on the high side, and that really only happened when I was pretty far into half marathon training. Getting my miles in over the summer was pretty tough, but for the most part I’ve been around 20-25 miles every week pretty consistently. A small improvement, but an improvement none the less. I’m definitely headed in the right direction.
Alrighty, that pretty much covers it!
Wishing everyone a very happy first day of October! I hope you have a fantastic month! 🎃🖤