I say this every month, but I really can’t believe it’s the beginning of September already. That means the summer is pretty much over, and I have no idea where the time went!
Now that August is over, it’s time for my monthly check-in to see how I am doing with my goals. You can read my other monthly recaps here:
-I am planning to run my last half marathon of the year in October. I doubt it will be a 1:40, but it could possibly be a PR depending on how my training is going between now and then. However, I’m not specifically training for a half-marathon, and this is not my goal race.
-If you have been following along this year then you already know that the mile and race goals aren’t happening due to time off and reduced mileage in the spring. It’s looking like I will have one more race per month this year (although I am not sure about December) which would make for 8 races this year.
-I am continuing to work on my strength even though I have started marathon training. One day per week is devoted to strength training, plus I do hip/core work 3 days a week. I have also formed a close relationship with my foam roller.
-Uhh the planking didn’t go too well this month once again. I usually plank on my core days, so its more like 3 days a week.
-I read a bunch of books this month! Now if I only I could remember what they were…. One was The Secret Keeper by Kate Morton which my friend’s mom recommended last month when I asked for book recommendations (thanks Sue!). I also read The New Rules of Marathon and Half-Marathon Nutrition by Matt Fitzgerald- very interesting information!
-I already shared my marathon goals for my fall race, which is not a BQ.
-I wrote a bit last week about variety and consistency. I think I have the consistency piece down, but I think with marathon training it’s tough to have too much variety. At least I had a lot of variety throughout the rest of the year!
August 2015 Stats and Highlights
Total miles: 100.4- broke the 100 mile mark for the first time this year by the skin of my teeth!
Best run: I would probably say my 13 mile run two weeks ago. I was still recovering from being sick, but still had a pretty good run with lots of hills. August was not a great running month for me as I was fighting this cold for just about the entire month!
Favorite Non-Running Activity: Does foam rolling count? My strength training workouts haven’t been all that exciting, it’s more about getting it done. And with no access to a gym, my activity options are limited.
Most popular blog posts:
- Trader Joe’s Favorite’s For Runners (Guest Post by Meredith!)
- Marathon Training WIAW
- Comfort Foods on a Rest Day
- Thinking Out Loud 8/6/15
- Should Runners Take Ice Baths? (Guest Post by Laura!)
- Route 66 Marathon Training Weeks 1 & 2
- Weekly Recap and Marathon Goals
- Develop Your Fitness Routine to Stay Consistent and Motivated
- Thinking Out Loud: Catching Up
- Using Self-Myofascial Release Strategically to Prevent Injury
Biggest accomplishment: Running this challenging 10k while still recovering from being sick!
Set-backs and struggles: This silly cold that just won’t go away!
Things I’m looking forward to in September: The Charles Street 12, increasing my mileage/long runs, some cooler temps (maybe?) and a wedding in New York!
What were some August highlights for you?
What are you looking forward to in September?