The September Life

I wasn’t sure how the month of September would go.  I made a lot of executive decisions that played a role in LOSING my fitness and focusing more on rest and recovery.  In my August post, I said my only goal was to rest and recover.  It is safe to say I have been doing both. I could have spent more time cross training but the fact is I didn’t and I’m 100% okay with that.  I wanted to take time away from focusing intensely on any workouts.  A stress fracture is a big deal and not something I felt any pressure to cross train through.

September also allowed me to reflect on my 2014 running in general.  With the exception of my half marathon PR at the April Fool’s half marathon, m y running has not gone in the direction I would like.  That race was my only PR in over a year.  The rest of my running PR’s are over a year and a half old.  It’s been frustrating.

Not only that, but I had to back out of my marathon this year and was plagued with two back to back injuries.  This weekend is the weekend of the Wineglass marathon so it will be harder for me to think about.  Needless to say I’ve really questioned myself as a runner.  To be honest, I love running but it’s been a frustrating year for me running wise.  The only huge light for me is my half marathon PR in April.  I know every athlete and person has these months and years but I would like to have some sort of light at the end of the tunnel.  All of that being said, my life exists outside of running so I cannot complain.  I have one of the best years of my life.

Workout wise: 

I ran one mile in September and even wrote a blog about it.   I felt great during that mile but I didn’t feel great a few hours after. Unfortunately I still need some time for my injury to heal.  So I shut my running down.  Luckily I have a doctors appointment next Tuesday so I am hoping to have some positive news.  Like I said, the longer it takes to heal, the more my frustration begins to build.  I’m starting to really crave running.  I’m not going to run until I healed but I do miss it.  To be honest I thought last week was going to be the week I ran a few miles and began to feel good again but it wasn’t.

So in summary, September brought one mile running and more focus on resting and recovering.  There was nothing to write home about workout wise.  I feel like a running blog is boring when you aren’t running but that’s how it goes. I don’t plan to run injured to build content.  Often times I feel like we (as runners, bloggers, whatever) feel pressured to log exciting and interesting content workout wise.  Some months are boring life and workout wise.  That’s how it goes.  This was that month and possibly year for me.

Life wise: 

As far as life in September goes, it was hard.  With T being deployed there were days I struggled.  There were also weeks I found myself so busy, I turned around and a week had passed.  A new very real possibility is that T’s deployment will be extended.  It didn’t come as a complete shock but of course it’s still hard.  In the last week I have gone from hope that my foot is healed and Tim getting back to my foot not being healed and Tim’s deployment being extended.  He is supposed to come back next week but at this point we aren’t holding our breath.  I had my heart set on him coming home at a certain point but you never know.  So his deployment combined with my foot still not healed it made for a more frustrating later half of the month.

I don’t mean to sound whiny and frustrated, I’m just getting my thoughts out.  My blog has always remained honest and September was a frustrating month for me.  The saving grace were friends like Danielle, Amelia, Jen and Melissa.  People I could hang out with and just relax.  Work kept me extremely busy and honestly I think I would have struggled even more if I wasn’t working.

Where will October go?

Your guess is as a good as mine.  I would like to say that T will come home and I’ll be back to running by November.  We will see though.  Those are my A goals.  B goal is to catch whatever curve balls life throws at me.  C goals is to make it through with no major life complaints.

Questions for you:

How was your September?

When was your last PR?  What race and distance? 


28 responses

  1. 1) September was terrible for me. I’m not injured, but running hasn’t been going well at all and I’m pretty stressed in general. I’m feeling some good juju for October for both of us, though.

    2) My PRs are all so old I can’t even remember them sometimes. I did get an 8k PR this year but that’s only because it was the second time running that distance. I keep seeing more and more odd-distance races popping up… I try to seek those out so it becomes more about competing and having fun vs hitting a specific time.

    I think you’re being smart about your recovery. 2014 may not have been a good year for running but you have lots of good ones ahead.

  2. My September was busy! Since it is the start of a new school year (and at yet another new school), it is all about learning a new routine. Also, September = biggest marathon training month and coaching both XC and track. I’m not sure what I’m going to do with myself once XC and marathon training ends the first week of November!

    My last PR was my half marathon a couple of weekends ago. I haven’t PB’d (or even have raced) a 10K in a long time, but I technically ran a 10K pb in my half marathon. My 5K PB is a year old, but I was 3 seconds away from it last month with my only fall 5K (wasn’t wearing a watch, opps).

  3. You don’t sound whiny! You have two big downers to deal with–I’d be a bit bummed, too. You WILL get through it all, though, and hopefully you’ll have running back sooner rather than later to help. And trust me–you have years and years of good running ahead of you.

  4. I haven’t ran in over a year. (Really ran) it’s hard mentally. When I was married my husband was deployed to Iraq and it was hard. One thing I learned is you can’t wait by the phone. As much as you love him and want to talk, it will drive you mad.

  5. I can relate to a lot of this. All my PRs are at least a year and a half old at this point and some 2 years. I’m not sure I’ll ever beat them and overall I’m at the point where if I don’t, I’ll be just fine! I can also relate to feeling pressure to train a certain way for more blog content, and I’ve contemplated that from the beginning. I love this post, because as usual you’re honest and people can relate to that. I don’t want to read about a running machine, I want to read about a real person going through ups and downs with running. So I appreciate this and it’s a good reminder for my own writing too 🙂

  6. You are not whiny at all! This has just been a year of…running for me. I didn’t chase any big goals but I did a lot of races bc races are fun. As of this fall my half PR is 2 years old…and I am far away from it that is frustrating. I know I can get back there but it’s slightly depressing.
    As I come up to Chicago next weekend a part of me is sad that I didn’t train HARD to PR but another part of me just wants to run for joy. I think I can PR by a bit but honestly it will just depend on how things line up on race day – I’ve been spending this week talking myself down from the fact that I probably won’t and I can’t be disappointed.

  7. I really hope you are able to get back to running soon, if only because it makes you happy. I will send my healing vibes your way.

    As for the lack of PRs, I think this is a natural cycle in athletic competition. You’ll improve drastically for some amount of time, then plateau for a while as your body absorbs that work and adapts to the training stimulus, and eventually you’ll have another breakthrough. It’s frustrating for sure, but if you put in the work, it’ll happen. Just keep trucking.

  8. I don’t hear any whining – just plain old venting. Let it out girl!

    My September was spent resting and cross training. I had a stress reaction on my tibial plateau which would have turned into a stress fracture had I continued to run through the pain. I’ve been pain free for about 3 weeks and have been spinning and doing water classes. I go to the doctor tomorrow to see if I can start running again. That being said, my first half marathon is supposed to be on 10/18 – I have to decide if I want to run walk it or defer it to next year. I had gotten up to 10 miles in my training before this issue, but I’ve been cross training, so I’ll have some decisions to make.

    Everything was a PR for me this year since most distances were my first year running. So we’ll see where next year takes me.

  9. Runners understand what you’re going through. Patience is hard. It took 6 month for my calf to heal enough to run again. I’m glad you can cross train at least.

    Are you doing PT? That’s what helped my foot/strengthened my ankle.

  10. September was meh was you well know ha. I’m lucky and happy to have found my job, but with everything else going on, things get lost in the shuffle, and I was left feeling utterly exhausted for most of it. I’m ready for things to settle down and stop changing and be boring. I cannot wait for that day. Hang in there with the running thing, hun. You’re absolutely right that everyone has these periods, and in the end, they make us all better/stronger runners. You will come back from this ready to cream us all, and I can’t wait to see what 2015 brings you. I think it will more than make up for 2014.

  11. Don’t forget a 1:25 at Shamrock was a strong result. 20th in a race of that scale is not a bad finish.

  12. Ugh, try having a half marathon PR that’s four years old! And anyone who suggests that PRs ‘expire’ gets a poke in the eye from me. But yes, it’s damn frustrating when everyone around you seems to be PRing and you aren’t. I think you’re being hard on yourself though: you’ve made massive improvements in your times and everyone has a natural ebb and flow with running. If we all improved at that rate all the time we’d be world champions.

    The only PR I have from this year is at the 20 mile distance, and even then there were warning signs that I’d be injured for the long-haul. I suppose I got a PR by default at 40 miles as I’d never run the distance before, but that doesn’t really count.

    I hope October is a better month for you!

  13. Hi Hollie,

    I’m so sorry to hear that Tim’s deployment may be extended. I will wish happy thoughts for you! You don’t sound whiny – you are just stating the truth. I’ve been super bummed in the past when not able to run. It stinks. I’m glad you aren’t running through just for content. It opens up your posts for other stuff and WHEN you return to running, you’ll have different stuff to talk about. Life is cyclical.

    When things aren’t going wonderfully, I think there can only be light coming.

  14. Hah, I haven’t PRed a race in over a year. I totally get it.
    I hope T gets to come home soon, and you are so strong! I hope your October is filled with better news of your foot and your fiance coming home 🙂

  15. You ALSO ran a full marathon in the last year and a half! (Right? It couldn’t have been THAT long ago- I feel like I was just reading about it.) So while you may not have other PRs aside from that 1/2, you also were focusing on your endurance and I see that as a different type of goal than PRing. I hope Tim doesn’t get extended! What a bummer to have that pushed back when you’ve been so excited!

    • You are right! I ran NYCM last November :-). It’s been because we had a date to look forward too and now we are up in the air again.

  16. Despite the fact that September was a little rough for ya, it seems to be one of those things where you hit a rough patch and come out the other side a stronger person. It’s never easy to deal with things when they aren’t going our way, but I try to look at those times as an opportunity to learn and grow, and know that better times are just around the corner. Hope that October will be better for ya!

  17. You don’t sound whiny at all, give yourself a little slack. Dealing with deployment seems extremely difficult – I have never experienced it personally, but a lot of people I know have. It’s okay to feel these negative feelings and to talk about them!

    Wishing you a speedy recovery and good news at the doctor!

  18. My half marathon PR is a year old. My last PR was the Cherry Blossom 10-miler and it was my last really awesome race. I’ve ran in other races, but I ran them while being sick. The illness lingered for several months, which took a toll on my training (and I also lost fitness). I’m slowly regaining it back. Sometimes I get a little frustrated at the “perceived” loss, but when I look back at how much I’ve progressed since the beginning when I first started running, i realize that I still have made great gains.

    • Sorry to hear you didn’t feel the best. I know you’ll get back there. I love your perspective and you are completely right! You will get back there 🙂

  19. Sending all the healing vibes your way! It isn’t easy, but I’m still super impressed with your patience through this month. A lot of less mature runners would’ve tried to ramp up their mileage too soon–and probably would’ve sustained another injury in the process.

    September has been a busy and chaotic month for me. Not complaining, though. Things will settle down after the marathon, but it will be go, go, go until then.

  20. I’m so glad you have good friends like the girls down there to hang out with and help. I know that makes a big difference. September was a decent month just crazy busy. October will be busy but not feel quite so chaotic which I am looking forward to. I am also looking forward to possibly seeing you this month!

  21. For the biggest LOLZ you should check out my PR page…I think all of my PR’s are from before you were born! Hang tough (which it sounds like you are), gravitate toward the things that bring you joy outside of running, be present in the moment, allow yourself all the feelings that come up…while life is short, you also have a whole, huge life ahead of you. So sorry, so cryptic, so old 🙂 Best wishes for a smooth and steady recovery.

  22. I am so sorry to hear about Tim. I hope he gets back to you safely soon!

    It blows my mind that someone would consider putting their body at risk just to write about it, that sounds expensive, doctors aint cheap 🙂

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