So Fall has finally arrived!! And very recently, we’ve even experienced some cooler temps.
So here’s how September went…
Like the summer, the beginning of the month was still warm and humid and we had very little rain. I was able to run at least 3-4 times outdoors each week which is great because I do not have a treadmill at home.
Since I finally started working after 12 weeks off, I was limited to where I could run. I ran mostly at UAlbany (near work) or the Delmar rail trail (near home).
I ran with Alyssa several times. Like Barbara I met her through FB. These were, no doubt, besides my 5k races my faster runs. I struggle when I run with her but she gets me to run faster. She says that I make her faster . Win-Win. I also ran with Barbara a few times and she is even faster than Alyssa. In addition, I shared a run with Natalie (my mah jongg buddy) who is a beginning runner.
It’s definitely more fun running with friends.
There were three of these!!!. One was a half marathon and one was just added miles to a 5k race.
I ran 83 miles this month – 6 miles less than last month even though I ran a half marathon and am training for another this coming Sunday!! I guess I was slacking off. (I’ll blame it on work and my social life LOL)
I ran four races this month – a half marathon and three 5ks.
I was generally happy with how they went. I did not have PR goals and of course, I would have been thrilled if I got one. I won age group awards in all three. I guess that’s an achievement.
For a change, none of the races were super hilly. I knew runners at all of them and they were all super fun. As you can guess I LOVE RACING!!
The tennis season has moved indoors and that means that I have be a member of a club and join a contract. $$$$$ So I don’t play as often as I did in the summer (when it was free and I was unemployed.) I am scheduled to play two Tuesdays a month but do get called to sub on the other weeks.
I DID NOT go to a single yoga class!! Someday I will do, I think.
I did NOT workout at the gym at all. Total slacking here!!
I did not go hiking. I hope to do some this month. It is so beautiful around here in the fall. But fitting it in (now that I work) is very challenging.
I did walk every day at lunch for 30 minutes – Either around the outdoor shopping mall to get a Starbucks coffee or around a short nature trail.
My favorite running groups started up again. The Troy Turkey Trot Challenge group meets on Monday evenings and Saturday mornings. I only go on Mondays. I am running with my friends in the 10k group. It will be the one day of the week where I may have to do speed drills.
The STEM group meets on M, W, F and I volunteer on Wednesday evenings. We are doing the Couch to 5K program with some new and returning runners (who are domestic violence survivors). We are training them for a 5k race on Nov. 19.
I took a day trip to NYC to meet up with my Russian friend, Anna, who stopped off there on the way back from Maine. We had lunch on a lobster boat, walked the High Line and then had drinks on the top of the Standard Hotel. What a full but exciting day!!
I took one last visit to the Saratoga Race Track with a former co-worker. This time, we only went for the last few races (and I won at each one), headed to the Casino and then out to dinner.
I spent a lot of time (maybe too much) going out to dinner and meeting up with friends and family.
Boating season continued and the weather was great. I love it at the lake. It’s my “happy place.” I am sad that it will be ending very soon.
Feeling healthy so Life Is Good.
I am now employed so I guess I have $$ to sign up for more races!!
My next half marathon is October 9 and I am (slightly) excited. Is the thrill gone???
I do have a lot of races coming up. Fall is my favorite time to race. This is my list so far for the next 2 months:
- 10-01-16 – Apple Run 5K
- 10-09-16 – Ramblefest Half Marathon
- 10-15-16 – Great Pumpkin Challenge 10K
- 10-22-16 – L.L.Bean Bright Night 5K
- 10-29-16 – Monster Dash 10K???? (not signed up yet since I am out of town for work Oct 24-28
- 11-05-16 – NYRR Dash to the Finish Line 5K (in NYC)
- 11-11-16 – Veteran’s Dash 5K
- 11-13-16 – Stockade-athon 15K
- 11-19-16 – Girls on the Run 5k (STEM volunteer which is good because I’m out of town for work Nov 14-18)
- 11-24-16 – Troy Turkey Trot 10k and then the 5k
I may have a racing addiction!!!
No monthly goals.
Happy Running! How did your September turn out? Anything exciting planned for October?