September was my first full month back to running after 6 weeks off over the summer. I took a little break from doing “month in review” posts and instead did one post talking about my summer in general. In June I wrote a monthly recap that was pretty optimistic. I had just gotten my orthotics and was feeling good. Everything went downhill pretty quickly after that, and here I am again, starting over once again.
September: Month in Review
So how did September go? Well, it really flew by, that’s for sure. Work was busy and running/working out/blogging just happened around that. I kept focusing on making it to October because there were a few big things due at the end of September. I felt like once they were complete things would settle down. (We’ll see if that happens!)
I kept my running to 3 days a week, always taking at least one day off from running in between each run. I built up my weekday miles to about 3 and my “long” run to 6. The 6 miles was sort of accidental, but I was feeling good so went with it.
I started Phase 3 of my strength training plan with Drew and Tina and am really liking it so far. Each time I start a new phase I get a few new exercises and continue with a few of the same from the last phase. The variety is nice but consistency is good too!
I haven’t been going to the gym as much now that I’m back to running. Over the summer, I was going twice a week on my “cardio” days to use the elliptical. Now I’m going once a week for cross training. I’d like to do one of my strength training workouts there so I can use heavier weights, but I hate lifting around people (just like sharing equipment and space). Also, when I first start a new phase of training I rely on the videos to go back and watch how I am supposed to do the exercises, so maybe when I get more comfortable I will try them at the gym.
I was using the pool for a few weeks to swim/pool run but it is SO hard to motivate myself to do that. Also, If I don’t start my work day at my office (sometimes I have trainings at other sites around the county) then it doesn’t make sense to go to the gym. Last week I had to be on the other side of the county on Friday, so instead of swimming I used my spin bike for cross training.
It seems like the weather is starting to cool off which will make running a little easier. Coming back to running and dealing with heat and humidity at the same time was a real struggle. It was so obvious how much faster my paces were and how much easier it felt when the weather was cooler.
A few other blog posts from this month:
How did you do with your running/workouts in September?
Are you affected by the weather when you run?
Do you strength train at home or at a gym?