October Running

I’m not sure where to begin with my running in October.  I actually ran more then one mile so that is a head start.  I wouldn’t consider it “training” because I’m not training for anything right now. I’m training to recover.  While my runs are injury free, I still consider myself in that awkward limbo of recovering from an injury.  I never know to classify myself as healthy or not in this stage.  I’ll classify myself as healthy with a *.

Last month’s goal was to be able to keep recovering and hopefully run more.  I did run more than September because September I ran one mile and in October I ran 60 miles.

Between running on the Alter G and running outdoors I ran 60 miles.

Total miles: 60 (I ran 60 times more than September)

Alter G miles: 20 (Alter G running thoughts and part 2)

Outdoors miles: 40

Range of paces: 8:45-12:02-untimed

Overall thoughts:

I’m so glad to be getting back on the running track.  The last month has been a  big motivator that I am healing.  I know it sounds repetitive but I am ready to run again.  I will continue to say that.  I am still having dull aches now and again but I have been told that is normal.  The weather this weekend got drastically cold and I could physically feel my foot aching a bit.  I’ve been told that is normal.  Has anyone else noticed they can feel their bones with the weather drastically changes, or am I going crazy?

This month has begun to build my confidence.  As I said on Sunday, it will be a long road to PRing and having any major confidence but it’s a road I’m ready to take.

My goal this month is simple: Build my base.

I want to run easy miles and not worry about time or pace.  Last month I ran miles anywhere between 8:45=12+ pace per mile but I still ran.  I enjoyed my running and I will continue to do the same.  I am in a critical point right now that running too many miles with injure me.  My bones are strong but at the same time, I still have a point that is weak.

All of that being said, I may sign up for a  race.  I would like to get a baseline and see where I am and where I want to go.  It’s hard to create any goals if you have no idea where to begin.  It’s also hard to pick a goal race with no base line.  I have started to look at possible races in the future but I want to get a good sense of where I am right now.

I am hoping that 2015 will be my year of running.  2014 was a great year (life wise) but I am leaving the year with a somewhat sour taste with running.

Anyways this has been my most exciting training post for the last 3 months.  Here is to moving forward and hopefully a more exciting post for November!

October (outside of working out):

Outside of working out, life was all over the place.  Tim got back from a deployment and we had a great time going to Cape May.   I ended up moving 50 minutes down the road (still in NJ).  Work was another solid month and I’ve continued to enjoy that.  I also went to my first blogger event, FitBlogNYC.  Other then that I have truly been a boring person outside of the internet this month.  I haven’t been stressed and I’ve enjoyed life. November will probably be more interesting because of the Holidays and more time to actually do fun activites.

Questions for you:

How were your October workouts?   How was life in October? 

When is your next race?


  1. Glad you’re feeling well and ready to build your base! October was all marathon training for me and most of november will be taper, run, recover. I’m getting excited and nervous!

  2. Don’t forget – rest and recovery are as much a part of training as speedwork, nutrition, and long runs. Just because you don’t have a target race named yet doesn’t mean you’re not training. (Yes, I know that by that logic, that means we always training. Yahoo!)

    Next race…I’ve been thinking a lot about that. As far as a marathon, I won’t be running another one until next fall. However, I need to start running some shorter races, and I started by signing up for a 5k in Boulder on December 6. It is put by the BolderBoulder – the Memorial Day 10k that is the 2nd largest in the country and a total blast. This one is much smaller and is called the ColderBoulder. (ha!) It is a neat 5k route that does a loop around part of the University of Colorado campus. We’ll see how it goes.

    Keep up the good recovery habits. You’ll come out of this injury stronger…like the Bionic Woman.

  3. I can’t believe October is already over- the month flew by! It sounds like your return to running is coming along really well! My next race is in 3 weeks- the Philadelphia marathon!

  4. I’m really looking forward to running in 2015 as well – other than one fast half marathon and ragnar relay, this year was fairly lack luster for running.

    I’m really glad October is over. It wasn’t really a great month for runner or life for me. HURRAH for November!

  5. That’s great you’re making your comeback sensibly! I was out for about 5/6 weeks and have been back running for about 2.5 weeks. You feel weird and just want to be back to normal again but need to be patient! You will come back stronger than ever!

  6. I’m glad you’re being smart about your recovery. Though, it seems like you always are and it doesn’t really come as much of a surprise.

  7. October was alll over the place. I think it was the weather and just family health problems. But we ended on a happy note with october. This month it is all about getting moving and less electronics.

  8. October was all sorts of craziness for me, and I’m really hoping that November will be a little less chaotic so that I can stop and breathe for a while. I’m glad to hear that your running has been going better and that you’re healing up. Don’t hate me, but I’m kind of waiting for the snow to fall so that I can start snowboarding again 🙂

  9. glad to see you getting back into it, hollie! i have a chance to try out the alter g this week and i’m super excited about it. another move — wow! at least it’s still in the same place. glad you don’t have to leave your jersey diners 🙂

  10. I’m glad to hear it’s normal to have dull aches because that’s something I deal with (usually after thinking about it they decide to come). So happy to see you running again!

  11. I had reconstructive surgery on my ACL and meniscus in high school, and that knee can always tell when it’s about to rain. It’s like that scene in Mean Girls: “There’s a 30 percent chance it’s already raining!” Although my knee is more accurate. 🙂

    1. That’s interesting and makes me feel better weirdly enough. I didn’t know if it was just me!

  12. October absolutely FLEW by! I am done racing for the year except for a Turkey Trot but as always that’s solely for fun. It was a warm October so I was able to enjoy my fair share of outside running. Soon it gets dangerous to run outside so the treadmill it will be. I’ve also begun wanting to do something different like bike or maybe try an obstacle race. We’ll have to see!

  13. Oh hugs!! I suffered a major injury two weeks before what was supposed to be a half marathon PR attempt. Boy was it disappointing! I know how you feel, but remember, each injury makes us a better, smarter athlete. You will get better and you will get back to setting new PR’s!

  14. Glad to hear this Hollie, I know the process feels slow at first, but it will soon pick up, and your road to a PR will be a bumpy one, but SO worth it at the end. It is great that you have the alter G to help you get there too. A lot of my friends at the training groups have one at their facility, and they rave about it. The outdoor miles will continue to build. I am looking forward to seeing what races you do, and I know the dilemma about whether to race or not to see where you are at….I am thinking about that too 🙂 Just glad you are on the road to recovery now 🙂

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