October Recap

Runners World Half Marathon

October came and went. It was a huge month for me, and I gained a lot of confidence in my training.  As I continued to build back from my ankle fracture, my training has progressed and changed.

I mentioned in my September recap; I was entertaining the idea of the Dallas Full Marathon.  I’m not ready, and after my 20 miler with Angela earlier in the month, one mileI realized I don’t want to either.

Run for Play 5k

Total Miles: 285 Miles
Shortest: 1-mile warmup
Longest Run: 20 miles (recapped here)
Workouts: 2
Rest Days: 4

Dragon Run (18:58)
Jake’s Place 2.8 miler (17:11)
Runners World 5k (18:41)
Runners World Festival Half Marathon (1:24.17)
Base Half Marathon (1:25.29)
Bone Run (3.05) 18:08

Dragon Run me running


After running the 20 milers early in the month, I realized I had no interest in doing a marathon.  I went through a short period that I did but realized 2016 was not the year.  I could finish a marathon and honestly probably PR if I had a good race but it’s not what I want to do.  Since I’m not a professional athlete, I can train for whatever makes me happiest.

Race wise I thought I had a great series of races.  I enjoyed each race.  Even though the Base half marathon was cold and rainy, the race itself was special to me.

Beat 539 half marathon me running

My mileage was higher because I ran both a 17 and 20-mile run.  Now that I’ve decided I won’t be running the Dallas full marathon; I don’t need to run 20 miles.

November is going to bring a lot of changes to my running. I’m focusing on shorter races and working on leg turnover with shorter intervals.  I have a separate post with lots of updates soon.

Racing wise, this month I’ll be running the Philly half. (This means inclement weather for the half marathoners on Saturday and perfect weather for the marathoners on Sunday).  I’m doing the Bridge Run 10k this weekend, but I’m using it as a workout.  After running New York City Marathon, I know running bridges is hard!

In summary, I’m happy with my month and to continue progressing injury free.  I’m looking forward to running PRs, hopefully soon!

Running Related Posts form the Month:
Thoughts During a 20 Miler
You Know You’re a Runner When…
Runners World Festival
Nike LunarGlide 8 Review
Fall Products I’m Loving

Questions for you:
How was your month of training?
What was your best workout? Worst workout? 

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    1. Actually the Run the Bridge which goes over the Ben Franklin…which is coincidently the same day. I’ve always wanted to do the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Run!

  1. My worst workout was a half marathon that I ran a couple of weekends ago. I had signed up for it last May. I hadn’t been training at all. So 13.1 miles was going to be daunting anyway. Combined with feeling like I was going to hurl from mile 1, it was AWFUL. I have a stomach of steel and never get sick . It was a looooong 13.1 miles. Oh well 🙂 My best workout was a 5x Heartbreak Hill (of Boston Marathon) workout with an early morning running group. I live a mile away so I jog over and meet up with a group on Wednesdays (as often as I can/want). It’s great when I force myself to do it! Great month for you. Awesome job. I look forward to hearing about your 2017 goals. It would be fun (for me) to meet you at a race some day! Shamrock on your list again? 🙂

  2. Woo, that’s a lot of miles for October! So glad to see you’re bouncing back from your injury so well 🙂 Question for ya – what type of mileage do you typically run on your easy days? Or do you vary it a lot?

  3. Another great month of hard work in the books. I’m just staring at that 1:24 half – OMG woman!!! Glad you’re doing what feels right and not chasing the marathon this year. I’m sure you will have other amazing accomplishments!! Good luck this weekend and don’t worry about the weather 🙂

  4. Bummed I’ll miss you at the Philly Half this year! I could probably get through it with the mentality/expectation of a fun training run, but my long run has clocked in at nine miles (and I’d like to do a few 10 milers before race day). Excited to see your progress throughout the next month! 🙂

  5. LOL on the weather thing in Philly. I totally hear you on being “cursed” with the bad racing weather, when it seems that everyone else always gets the good stuff. Anyway, great month for you. Lots of really speedy 5Ks and solid training.

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