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.
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.
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?