September in Review

I think I packed as much as possible into September. I need it to be a new month just so I can stop being busy all the time. Oh, wait, that will be December.

On September 1st I flew to Portland, OR to visit one of my best friends in the whole world. (And run a half marathon). And Badger football started. And we did lots of wine tasting. And this was all in the first weekend of the month.

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A whole lot of miles

Last week I wrote a poor me post bitching whining about not getting my miles in last weekend. More than anything I was mad at myself. After writing about it and whining about it I moved on.

After being whiny last Monday morning/afternoon I went home and decided to try and get my long run in. Thanks to the disappearing sun I was only able to get almost 11 miles in. It was a fantastic long run. I am so glad I got over myself and ran. I kept a great pace, my legs weren’t mad at me, only the sun disappeared on me.
Monday Miles: 10.63 in 1:41.56 for an overall pace of 9:35

Long run on Monday meant Monday run on Tuesday. Thankfully my legs were surprisingly pretty fresh.
Tuesday Miles: 6.43 in 1:02.48 for an overall pace of 9:46 (It actually probably should have been slower, oh well.)

Workout Wednesday: 8×800 at 10 miler pace. I did a nice 2 mile warm-up followed by the 8 800s with a 60 second rest. I ended up doing these faster than planned and was happy with them (range of 3:42-4:06).
Wednesday Miles: 7.29 in 1:09.54, overall pace irrelevant

Thursday – Massage day. It was fantastic. I must work more of these into my training, meaning my budget.
Thursday Miles: Zero

Friday – Rest day
Friday Miles: Zero

Saturday – Long run and Badger game. This meant an early start. Planned on meeting people for 10 in Tosa so I went early to get in 3 additional miles and then ran 6 with a larger group and the last 4 with a smaller group. The miles just kept going by. It was a great morning. We didn’t get rained on and I was only cold for the first mile or so. I happily got 13 done and then went on my way to Madison so cheer on the Badgers.
Saturday Miles 13.0 in 2:09.40 for an overall pace of 9:58 (This workout was about the miles, not the pace)

By the time Sunday came around I really did not want to run. I had spent the night at my parents’ house so I did my favorite loop around one of the lakes. Once I got moving I was fine, other than the fact that my legs were mad at me for all the other miles this week. Oh well. I ran.
Sunday Miles 5.1 in 51:35 for an overall pace of 10:07

Total weekly mileage: 42.44
I haven’t run this in over a year. I know it included a run that should have been done in the previous week, but I don’t care. I am a 4 day a week runner. I have terrible fears of injuries. But I was able to run 42 miles in one week and my body did not give out on me. I am fine. In fact, mentally, I am better than fine.

Time to start thinking about the Army 10 Miler, which is in less than two weeks. I finally get to see where my training has taken me. I can’t wait to see what I am capable of.

Zero Mile Weekend

I ran zero miles this weekend. I haven’t run since Wednesday. I am not happy with myself. My training has gone been going really well and skipping two runs this weekend was not planned. Although I fully admit I should have been able to predict this problem.

I went to Chicago for the Badger game. I got to see one of my college roommates who I miss terribly even though we now only live an hour and half apart. I got to see Maureen. It was like being back in college. We started drinking at 10:00am. This was not a good thing. I should know better. I am not 21 anymore. I do not enjoy feeling like crap. There is no reason to drink Miller Lite all day, ever, but I did. Eww. Although after the game I got smarter and just pretended to drink a beer for about an hour and then threw it away.

After driving home on Sunday I was just plain exhausted so I told myself I could watch the rest of the Packers game (they won!) and then I would run. No, I watched the game and then I napped. And then it was raining. And then…I just gave up and went out for Sushi.

I haven’t missed a long run in quite some time and am still pissed about it today. I really need to let it go, move on and continue my training. Missed runs happen. That is life. Missing runs due to my own stupidity needs to not happen again. I am worried about the weekend of October 1st so need to plan ahead and do my long run on Friday morning. Yay, no, not yay at all, but I need to get it done. With my fall race calendar I can’t fool around. I want to kill it at Army 10. I want to have fun at RnR St. Louis.

Me and Mo
Kate, Eleni, Grey Shirt, and Me

All in all it was a great weekend. I love the Badgers, I love catching up with friends and miles will get run, eventually.

The What-if Game

I spent the weekend in Madison. I loved my life in Madison. It wasn’t just my college town, it was the place that I came into my own. I stayed after college. It was the place of my first real job. It was fun to discover a whole new Madison once I graduated and didn’t live in my UW bubble. I left Madison just over three years ago, although it seems like a lifetime ago.

One thing that was a big part of my life was joining Madison Multisport. I went from making up random swimming-biking-running training “plans” to training with other people with a coach. People who were training for all distances from sprint triathlons to Ironman Wisconsin. I found something to do other than work. It was a fantastic year training and competing with them. I also credit my tri coach for me becoming a runner or realizing that I could be a runner. She was the one who told me that I could run more than a 5k. She helped me believe in my own athletic ability.

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