August Training Reflection: Hey…I ran…

Labor Day Weekend has come and gone and a routine is settling back.  It’s crazy to think that August has already flown by.  August is the first month since April, I put significant miles in.  As I mentioned yesterday in my weekly training log, I’ve run five weeks in a row now.

Most of August was spent finishing various personal life projects.  As the month progressed, I slowly got back into running.  Having a slow increase of free time was great because it allowed me to ease back into running and not dive head first.

me running

Miles Run: ??  Somewhere between 120-130
Range of Pace: 6:17-11:12-mostly untimed
Shortest Run: 1 mile
Longest Run: 10 miles
Races Run: 
Run the Runway 5k (20:54)
Philadelphia International Airport 5k (19:47)

Thoughts:
I’m happy with how my running progressed last month.  Do I believe I’m 100% ready to train for anything just yet?  No, but running a sub 20 minute 5k so soon, was a huge motivation for me.

As I continue training, I plan to document my progression with running both openly and honestly.  I’ve had a 3-month break and things haven’t been and won’t be easy.  It would be a lie if I didn’t say I’m not dreaming for the days I can “easily” run in the 18s again but life changes and so do focuses.

philadelphia international 5k

So far (knock on wood), I haven’t had any major setbacks but I haven’t done anything “too crazy” either.  I’m just slowly easing back into running.

Monthly Progression:
Progression: 
Week 1: 31-33 miles
Week 2: 33-35 miles
Week 3: 33-35 miles (1 workout)
Week 4: 35-37 miles (1 workout)
Week 5: 29-31 miles

So what am I looking for in September? 
I plan to slowly continue to increase my mileage as well as continue to add a few races.  I’ve signed up for both the Flying Fish 5k this weekend (which I recommend and enjoyed the race last year).

The other race that is reaching and I’ll go in undertrained is the Air Force Half Marathon on Sept. 16th.  My husband has been training (well) for the Air Force Marathon and I decided last week, it wasn’t completely idiotic of me to run the half.   I’ve run 10 miles so 13 isn’t a huge jump.  I don’t have any time goals but to get out there and enjoy myself (then have enough energy to cheer him into the finish again like when he ran the Mercedes Full marathon and broke 3 hours!).

I enjoy running and it’s a passion of mine, but I’m in a different training phase and life phase right now.  Running, training, and time goals don’t consume me and I’m cool with that.

Posts from the Month: 
How to Tell You Need New Running Shoes
Factors You Never Knew Played a Role in Running Shoes
Why Building a Base is So Important for Running
Brooks Glycerin Shoe Review
Reflecting on 7 Years of Blogging
How Easy is it to Get Out of Running Shape?

So there you have it.  Cheers to another month of training and hopefully continuing to build a base.

Questions for you:

How was your month of August?

What was your best workout of the summer?

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August Stuff

After posting yesterday about reducing my hours in August, I can only hope it is my least stressful month of the summer.  I actually cannot believe it’s even the first of August…but with every month I say that. 

For me August is the last  month before “real “marathon training.  While yes for the last 6 weeks I’ve been posting “marathon training” posts, the fact is I’ve had the base that I really wasn’t doing much differently.  People have told me a few times how great it is now that I’m doing marathon specific training but really I can’t think of much I’ve done differently other then dropping some serious money on the race.  I’m not really sure what I’ll change for marathon training after Labor Day, I just know I want to figure out gels.  I’m not elite nor do I have a coach so all of my gel and nutrition questions is from reading, asking around in real life and the internet.  Of course I’ll be testing gels quite a few times during runs too.

Work:

I decided to cut down my work hours like an intelligent person.  I may write another post on this later but I saved a lot of money in high school/college and was extremely frugal.  There isn’t (and shouldn’t) have been a need for me to work two jobs this summer…yet I did and I worked a lot.  I thought because I wasn’t doing exactly what I wanted with my degree, I just overcompensate and work more hours with two part time jobs.  I should have just relaxed. So in August I will be working 40 hours.  That is it. 

Training:

My training for August will be about like June and July though I plan to integrate some more cross training.  My body will be less stressed and I’ll hopefully have some more quality workouts and be stronger. At least that is what I hope.  The last weekend of August (ie: Labor Day), I’m running the Rock and Roll half in VA Beach.  On top of running the half both Laura and Heather are also coming to run the half.  That being said I cannot wait until the end of August really.  I am pretty excited to get back out there and run another half marathon since they are currently my favorite distance.  I also have a lot more races this month of varying distances from 1 mile to that half marathon but I posted about that last week too.

Life:

I plan to catch up with friends in VA for the last month I’m here as well as pack.  Since I am moving down to Texas the first week of September, I need to start packing and sorting through junk.  I don’t plan to ever live with my parents again so a lot of my childhood items are unnecessary in my life now.  I’m cleaning out as much as possible (especially how much I accumulated throughout college…).  So it’s good I’m not working 60 hours a week because then I would have no time to do clean and pack and would be stressed come move time.

So that’s about it for August.

Questions for you: What are you doing the last month of summer?