Hello blog world! Long time no talk.
I think it is the lamest thing ever to lead into a blog post by talking about the weather, but here I go: Can I just complain for a moment that we are nearly halfway through October, and yet this is the weather forecast for the next 10 days?!
It’s only a slight consolation that we’re getting below 60* at night. This time 2 months ago, it was 100* during the day and 75-80* at night, so I guess I can’t complain. But I want to start picking pumpkins and doing fun fall things!!! And my vision for said activities involves crisp fall air, a flannel shirt, jeans and boots…not sweating in an apple orchard in the 85 degree sun wearing a tank top, shorts, and flip flops 😉 Oh well. We will get there eventually!
Anyway…A little over a month ago, I posted my September Running Goals, keeping in mind that my eventual goal is to run a 10K in November and a half marathon in March. I’ve always said that putting your goals on the internet makes you more wayyy more likely to actually stick with them, and this was definitely the case for me last month!
Though I haven’t put them in writing until now, I also have some October goals in mind that I have been working toward this month. And I’ve gotta stick with them, because registration re-opened and I was able to snag a spot in the Beat the Blerch 10K on November 14th!
Beat the Blerch is a race based on this comic about running – one of my faves – titled, “The Terrible and Wonderful Reasons Why I Run Long Distances.”
I encourage you to check out the comic, but here’s a little snippet that sums it up enough to understand what The Blerch is, and why I want to beat it 😉
I have a feeling this race will be a little different from others I’ve ran just based on some of the highlights listed on the website:
- Every participant gets a “I Beat The Blerch in 2015” tech shirt and medal.
- There will be large quantities of cupcakes at every aid station, in addition to Nutella and magical grape beverages.
- Ridiculously awesome goodie bag stuffed with Blerch surprises.
- There will be actual Blerchs in fat-suits chasing you throughout the race.
Though I’m not sure I’ll take advantage of that Mile 4 Nutella station, I’m excited to run this race! I feel like 10K is a much more manageable distance than a half marathon (which my last 3 official races have been).
Aaaanyway, on to my September Goals and how I did:
Last month, I set three goals, each increasing in difficulty. I got this idea from Becky, who likes to make three goals: one that is an achievable, minimum requirement; one that is challenging but still doable; and a last goal that is a lot more challenging, and would exceed expectations.
Here’s my breakdown via MapMyRun:
A – Do 11 runs: Accomplished! It ended up being kind of rough, however. I had a cold for the last week or two of September (hence the lack of a weekend run on September 26th and the short run on the 28th), and had to fly to San Diego for work on September 29th. After a 5am wake-up call for the work trip, I slept in on the last day of the month but pushed myself to go for a run after work to make sure I accomplished not only Goal A, but also….
B – Hit a distance of 4 miles at least twice: Because I ran nearly 4.6 on the 30th, I also accomplished Goal B! With my recent increase in run frequency, I have actually been pleasantly surprised at my ability to push the distance and reach 4+ miles. That number felt like such a big barrier to cross, but in the end it was definitely more of a mental than physical block.
C – Hit 38.5 miles total: SO close, but no. As you can see above, I was a little shy of 38 miles, which was just short of my 38.5 mile goal. HOWEVER, I increased from 26 miles in August to nearly 38 in September! Still a major improvement, if you ask me. I knew this goal would be tough because it worked out to an average of 3.5 miles per run – sometimes before work I really just don’t have the time to run a full 3.5 miles, and that is okay with me.
What it really came down to last month was that last week when I was feeling sick and tired from work. I’d never want to sacrifice my health just to achieve a certain number (which is why I skipped some and had to push it in those last days), but I am glad that I pushed myself to achieve most of my goals!
Today was my last day to fulfill my #September running goals. Last week, I worked 10hr days, got a cold & skipped my weekend run. I could barely muster 2.5 miles on Mon & flew to San Diego at 5am for work Tuesday. BUT, after a full day at work & a meeting, I went for a 4.5 mile #sunset run tonight. The result: 11 runs this month: ✅ two 4+ milers: ✅ 38.5 miles: ❎ (So close! 37.9) TL; DR: It’s amazing what you can accomplish when you put your goals on the Internet for everyone to see. #accountability #fitfluential #runchat
(I was just a little bit proud of hitting those goals )
So here’s what I have in mind for next month:
A – Do 12 runs: Last month, I did 2 long “weekend” runs (though one got pushed to during the week)…This month I’m aiming for 3, given what I’ve already done (so OK I’m kinda cheating 😉 ) and what I have planned for the rest of the month.
B – Hit a distance of 5 miles at least twice (Stretch goal=5.5 miles): As I said last month, my “training plan” for hitting 10k in November was basically to get up to 4 miles last month and 5 miles this month. I’m hoping to run around 6 miles the weekend before my race. Ideally this month I will slowly work my way up to around 5.5 miles so I don’t have to big of a jump the first weekend of November!
C – Hit 42 miles total: Basically my intention with these mileage goals is to hit an average of around 3.5 miles per run. That way with my long runs on the weekend I have a little bit of flexibility to go shorter during the week when I don’t have as much time. So if I manage 12 runs at an average of 3.5 miles each, I will achieve this goal.
So there we have it! I finally got these bad boys down in writing, so I guess I’ll just have to stick with them again 😉
I’ve been doing alright so far – I put it off all weekend until Sunday at noon (BAD idea…did you see those weather forecasts above?), but ended up pulling out another 4.5 miler yesterday:
Note to self: It’s better to just get it out of the way than to run 4.5 miles in 80 degree heat!!!
What are your fitness goals this fall?