TOTR: August Report Card

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Summer has arrived. But actually it hasn’t been a hot one so far  – just a few humid days and some rain!!
Here’s how August worked out for me:

Weekday Runs:

I was able to run at least 3 times outdoors each week which is great because I do not have a treadmill at home. I prefer to run 4 times but sometimes it just doesn’t happen.

I ran at UAlbany (near work), near home, in a local park and at the Corning Bike Path. I even ran while in Rochester and Liverpool for work. My weekday runs are usually 3-4 miles.

I ran alone some of the time. But Alyssa was able to accompany me often and Judy once. It’s definitely more fun running with friends.

I can’t wait until my Turkey Trot running group starts up again next month. Every Monday, I will have a group to run with (if work doesn’t get in the way 😦 )

Long Runs:

Long runs have begun in preparation for my next half marathon.  As per my usual plan, they didn’t happen as per a plan or every weekend. C’est la vie!

Total Mileage:

I have run 76 miles this month so far (My goal was 85 but it looks like I may only reach 81.)  Some skipped runs and no half marathon this month can be blamed for the low mileage. Still healthy so all is good.


I had several races on my schedule this month. I ran Race the Train, a hilly 8.4 miler for the 2nd time. It was hillier than I remembered but I had a course PR, met up with running friends and won an AG award.  I also ran the France Run 8K in NYC. Running the Central Park hills was a challenge but Sue and I had a blast.

Cross Training:

I played tennis outdoors twice. Again this month, I was out of town working every other Tuesday 😦

I did NOT go to work out at the gym at all!!!! Not once! Nunca! Jamais!

I did walk occasionally at lunch. Not everyday like I used to.  I find it hard to tear myself away from my desk.

I did go hiking once.  It was great!! I wish I had time to have gone more often.  Darn work! (Yes, that’s a recurring theme.) Does Hula Dancing count as cross-training??

Other News:

I went to NYC with a running friend for a race.  While we were there, we walked miles and miles – over the Brooklyn Bridge, around Governor Island, on the High Line and more…. 23 miles in addition to the race!! So fun!!!

I went to the Saratoga Race Track as I do every year with a former co-worker.  We had breakfast, stayed for the races and then stopped off at the Casino. I won a lot of races but in the end, probably came out even. My monthly tennis ladies get-together was a Hula lesson and dinner (pic above).

The hubby and I continued our boating on the weekends. 

As you can tell, running is not my whole life. I think it is important to make time for other things that bring you pleasure….family, friends, food….

Feeling healthy so Life Is Good.

Looking Ahead:

Two half marathons planned- October 1 in Corning, NY. and November 12 in Las Vegas.

I also have quite a few shorter races planned.  I have to squeeze them in before the winter.

This is my list so far for the next 2 months:

  • 9-9-17 or 9-10-17 – Malta 5K, Teal Blue Ribbon 5k or another 5k
  • 9-17-17 – Palio 5k or another 5k
  • 9-23-17 – Helper’s Fund 10k
  • 10-01-17 – Wineglass Half Marathon
  • 10-08-17 – Ramblefest 8k or 10-07-17 – Apple Run 5K / ZOOMA Virtual 10K
  • 10-15-17 – Great Pumpkin Challenge 10K
  • 10-29-17 – Goblin gallop 5k ?

I am linking to Deb at DebRuns for her September Race Linkup:

Deb Runs

No monthly goals.

This motto worked for 2016 so I’m sticking with it in 2017!

Since today is Tuesday, I’m also linking up with these wonderful ladies:

Erika @ MCM Mama Runs, Marcia @ Marcia’s Healthy Slice and Patty @ My no-guilt life for

Today’s Topic is: Give your running month a letter grade.

I’d say overall a B.

You know, fewer weekly miles, zero gym attendance, skipping lunch time walks, slacking on those long runs, easy lackluster weekday runs. I know I can do better.

This week I am also joining up with Running on Happy, Suzlyfe, Crazy Running Girl, and Coach Debbie Runs each week for the Coaches’ Corner linkup



12 thoughts on “TOTR: August Report Card

  1. lol… I definitely think hula dancing counts as cross training 🙂 It seems like it would be a good core workout. I’ve had a hard time getting away from my desk recently too. I like to have a short walk during the workday but it’s not always easy to fit it in.


  2. I don’t call 80 or so miles for the month slacking. At all. Although I don’t total my monthly miles! I do what my schedule says (most of the time) and it’s good.

    Plus you’re running around work travel & that isn’t easy either!

    I was hoping the weekend would have better weather and we could go hike somewhere — maybe it’ll change!


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