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September Workouts: I am Actually Training

September was the first month in a long time I felt like “running me”.  Not me in peak shape, or me ready to conquer a goal race, but just LOLZ that actually runs.

The other day, I had a conversation with someone on base and they said: “wow Hollie I’ve never seen you in running clothes before”.  But, the blogging world says the complete opposite or: “wow, Hollie do you ever comb your hair”.

It’s a funny thing, priorities change and running is always there.  With that, here is my log for the month:

Miles Run: 150-160
Paces: 5:55-10:30-mostly untimed
Shortest Run: 2 mile cooldown
Longest Run: Air Force Half Marathon
Rest Days: 4
Workouts: 1 (45-minute tempo run)

Races:
Flying Fish 5k (19:17)
Air Force Half Marathon (1:27.28)
Cherry Hill Book It 5k (18:59.8)
Dragon Run (19:06)
Favorite Race:
Air Force Half Marathon

Thoughts:

I’m slowly building up my mileage.  Most older readers know me as someone as who typically runs anywhere from 60-80 miles when I’m in peak shape and primed for a PR.  I’ve been working my way up there but have stayed in the 40s for the last month.  It’s been a good spot for me right now to balance everything between life and running.  If everything progresses as it has, I do plan to continue increasing my mileage into the 50s next month.

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Other than that, I’m feeling good about my mileage.  Knock on wood, I’m healthy and injury free.  My plan for October is simple: to continue building my mileage and frequently racing as workouts.

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Running Posts from the Month:
Why a Running Streak Does Not Work for Me
Techniques to Help Recover Faster
Staying Fit During the Off Season
How to Build a Running Base and Stay Healthy
Altra Escalante Shoe Review

Questions for you:
How was your month of September?

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September Training:

September Training

My oh my, where to begin this monthly recap?  Thinking out loud, This month was a huge change for me.  After roughly three months of injury recovery, I’ve made it over my injury.  I’m not injured anymore, but I’m not “in shape” either.  I’m slowly working my way towards breaking PRs again. To be honest, I haven’t felt the greatest lately either.  My stomach has been off for a few weeks, and my legs haven’t felt “in shape”. I’m injury free so I can’t complain about that.

Total mileage:
Paces: 5:53-11:40-untimed
Shortest run: 2 mile cool down
Longest run: 17.75-mile run
Total workouts: 1
Races:
RnR Virginia Beach (1:29.46)
Flying Fish 5k (19:35)
RnR Philadelphia (1:27.37)
Rotary 5k (19:41)
Maple Shade Soccer 5kish (3.3 miles) 19:36

Favorite Race:
Honestly, I actually enjoyed each race, and none were any better or worse for me.


RnR Virginia Beach showed me I was in better shape than I thought…Roll Virginia Beach results

Flying Fish 5k showed me I could power through extreme heat…Flying Fish 5k
RnR Philadelphia showed me I could power through extreme heat and that my endurance was higher than anticipated.Rock n Roll Philadelphia

 

Finally, my last two 5ks showed I am in better shape than this time last year as I ran both in 30-90 seconds faster.

So to say it was my best month post injury is an underestimate.  I’m happy with how my training went last month and I could not have asked for a better month.

October? 

But now I’m at cross roads of where I want to go.  I’ve debated training for a marathon later in the winter.  Do I want to give up racing for longer distances?  I’m not sure.  While I’ve only run two marathons, I haven’t had one I’m satisfied with.  October’s training will definitely determine whether I’ll go for the 26.2 or stay at shorter distances.

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? 

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