TOTR: October Report Card

 Fall has arrived. And we had some nice cool fall days but summer temps came and went as well. Such crazy weather!!!
Here’s how October 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 NYC, Buffalo and Liverpool for work. My weekday runs were usually around 4 miles.

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

Since the Turkey Trot running group runs on Tuesdays this year, I cannot run with them 😦  When my work schedule allowed, I did volunteer to help the STEM runners train for their first 5k. 

Long Runs:

Long runs began in preparation for my next half marathon. I added extra miles to my 5k and 10k races. I skipped one long run and shortened my 12 miler to 10!!

Total Mileage:

I have run 99.3 miles this month so far. An increase over previous months and I am still feeling healthy so all is good.


I had several races on my schedule this month. I skipped a local 5k because of my crazy work schedule but I did complete three races. I ran the Wineglass Half Marathon which it was a great weekend away and almost PR.  I also ran the Apple Run 5K, another almost PR but an age group award and the Great Pumpkin Challenge 10k which was a fun one. 

Cross Training:

I played tennis once (indoor season has started.) Again this month, I was out of town working every Tuesday 😦

I did NOT go to work out at the gym at all!!!! Not once! Nunca! Jamais! And my free membership ended this month!!!! No excuses because I live near a free gym and my tennis club membership this year includes free access to the gym.

I thought I might fit in a yoga class. I did NOT!!

I did walk occasionally at lunch. Not everyday like I used to. I find it hard to tear myself away from my desk and I have been traveling a lot. But I did walk a lot in NYC to and from the train, subway and training facility (for 5 days!!)

Other News:

The hubby and I ended our weekend boating. We were fortunate to have two nice weekends at the beginning of the month.

Despite working A LOT, I also managed to attend some of my weekly mah jongg games. 

I also spent a weekend away with some of the tennis ladies. We went hiking in Watkins Glen. We hiked ALL 3 trails at the gorge one day and did a flat trail to a waterfall another day. 

This was my second girls weekend away of the month having spent the wineglass race weekend with running friends. 

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:

One half marathon (#29) is planned – November 12 in Las Vegas. Woo Hoo! (plan to connect with lots of bloggers!!!!!!)

I also have 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:

  • 11-11-17 – RnR Vegas 5k
  • 11-12-17 – RnR Vegas Half Marathon
  • 11-18-17 – Girls on the Run 5k???
  • 11-23-17 – Troy Turkey Trot 5k
  • 11-23-17 – Troy Turkey Trot 10k
  • 12-02-17 – Jingle Bell 5k (volunteer with STEM) or 12-03-17 – HMRRC Winter Series #1 (15k)??
  • 12-09-17 – Albany Last Run 5K

I am linking to Deb at DebRuns for her NovemberRace 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 A-.

You know, zero gym attendance, skipping lunch time walks, slacking on those long runs, but I happy to have squeezed in those runs while working out of town which wasn’t easy.

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



16 thoughts on “TOTR: October Report Card

  1. I want to do GOTR but we’re going away that weekend (if Bandit behaves himself the previous weekend & is invited back) and it starts so late; then again, Mr. Judy is not a morning person anyway.

    Jingle Bell 5k is a maybe, too, depending on the weather. I think I’d rather do that than the winter series — but it’s much closer to me than it is to you. It’s lovely country out there.

    Sounds like a pretty good month. Maybe you & Christina can get together for a walk someday.


  2. Great job for October! It just hit me how close Vegas is!! I hope you all have an awesome time!
    That is great mileage! It is wonderful you have been feeling so good 🙂
    I am hoping I am able to run my half – it is the same weekend as vegas. I am not sure how much recovery I am going to need.


  3. You had a great month for sure – great mileage and some strong races, congrats! I definitely want to balance running with everything else haha – so I’m glad that November will be much more low-key!


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