September 2020 in review!
Total mileage for the month: 291.4
- Aug. 31-Sep. 6: 71.2
- Sep. 7-13: 70.6
- Sep. 14-20: 65.9
- Sep. 21-27: 76.3
- Sep. 28-Oct. 4: projected at 60ish
- Sep. 18: 2020 20k Time Trial in 1:20:34 (6:29 pace).
- Sep. 1: 7 x 800 m (track) with 2:00 recoveries in 2:57, 2:58, 2:58, 3:10, 3:16, 3:15, 3:18 (2.1 warm up, 3.6 cool down). I strained my hamstring between lifting on Aug. 27 and my Aug. 28 tempo run, and 3 days of easy running wasn't enough to heal it (I didn't know it was actually strained until I had it looked at on Sep. 3). I started the workout and planned to just stop if the hammy acted up, but instead I backed off to tempo effort for the final 4 reps. The first 3 were on pace, but my hamstring hurt more after each one and it wasn't worth the risk! It was also raining and half of my running group didn't come to this workout, which in the end I was glad about since that meant less people to see me slowing down!
- Sep. 3: 6 x 200 m (road) with 200 m jog recoveries after a 7 mile easy run in 42, 42, 43, 42, 42, 43. I was hoping my hamstring would be back to normal, but it wasn't completely so I was tentative on these. A few hours later I got my hammy checked out and treated with ART, and was advised not to run fast again until it felt 100%.
- Sep. 7: 4 miles of 0.5 at 6:00ish/0.5 at 7:00ish with half mile splits of 3:01, 3:25, 3:04, 3:26, 3:03, 3:31, 3:04, 3:28 (2 warm up, 3 cool down). The biggest victory of this run was that my hamstring felt great! Hitting the paces was a struggle on the faster parts and I had to stop for about 30 seconds after my third faster half mile to be able to complete the workout, but it was warm and humid, and I hadn't been sure if I'd be able to run this so I wasn't mentally focused as much as I should have been (I'd planned to stop if my hamstring wasn't 100%).
- Sep. 10: Fartlek of 3 x (3' on, 90" off, 2' on, 60" off, 1' on, 30" off), 2 warm up, 3 cool down. I went out hard then died hard on this one! My Garmin told me my paces for the 9 ons were 5:26, 5:14, 5:20, 5:43, 5:35, 6:00, 6:28, 6:22, 6:08. I'm not sure I totally believe those, but I did push early and fade.
- Sep. 15: 2 x 8:00 at 20kish pace in 6:29 and 6:18 pace during a 9 mile run. Mentally I needed an easy workout so this one was perfect.
- Sep. 18: 20k time trial at 6:29 pace, details here.
- Sep. 22: 3 x 1 mile at 5k effort with 2:15 recoveries in (about) 5:55, 5:51, 5:59 (3.5 warm up, 3 cool down). I ran this workout with Christian and Casey, and our watches read pretty differently. Casey finished 5-10 seconds behind Christian and I each rep, but her watch had her faster than us on every repeat. Christian's watch had her a little slower than mine despite us being side-by-side. I sure felt like the final rep was in the 5:40s (per Casey's watch I was 5:45ish). I have no idea what was happening! But we all put in a very good effort and found that 5k pace gear that is easy to lose during marathon training. I would not have run sub-6:00 without those girls with me; we are definitely better together!
- Sep. 25: 3 warm up, 15:00 tempo (6:20, 6:20, 6:16), 3:00 recovery, 10:00 tempo (6:18, 6:21), 3 cool down. My pace goal was 6:20 for this so I was right on. We ran this on the same course we'd done the 20k time trial on the week before, and it was a harsh reminder of how much difference 10 seconds per mile can make! I feel like I could run 6:30ish pace all day, but 6:20ish is a different story. I felt average on this workout but was pretty proud of my metronome pacing!
- Doubles (running) on Sep. 7, 10, 14, 21, 29.
- Strides on Sep. 9, 17, 21, 29.
- Elliptigo-ing: as a double on Sep. 6, 9, and 15, and as day off running on Sep. 11.
- Strength Training: weekly totals of 2:10, 1:56, 1:45, 1:55.
- Yoga: weekly totals of 1:00, 0:47, 2:25, 1:25.
- Sep. 5: 17.3 miles (with 20k at 7:19, probably 7:30ish for all 17) mostly with a group of 7! I was planning to run a 20k time trial for the virtual Dam to DSM race, which I'd entered long before it rescheduled then turned virtual (also before COVID and even before my hip issue), but I tweaked my hamstring the previous week and at my ART/Graston appointment for it on Sep. 3 my chiropractor advised against running fast until it healed. I knew it was the right call, especially since my hamstring hadn't been right on my attempted workouts that week, so I ran it as a faster easy pace. I had zero pain in my hammy so was pleased about that!
- Sep. 12: 20 miles (7:55) of feeling great! I was excited to do this run and it did not disappoint. I love running 20+s. Colin ran all 20 with me, and Casey, Christian, Sean, Claudio, and Abby ran most. It flew by, I felt amazing, and I kept my heart rate 140ish.
- Sep. 18: 17.2 miles (with 20k at 6:29, plus real easy warm up and cool down). Since the 20k time trial didn't work out on Sep. 5, I did it on Sep. 18 in much cooler weather (58 degrees) with a 100% hamstring. Too bad I couldn't count this time for the virtual race instead! I ended up getting an award in the mail from my 7:19 pace 20k, though.
- Sep. 27: 18 miles (7:46) that was average to good, to cap off an average to good week! Like the entire week, I didn't feel amazing but I didn't feel bad either. Christian ran 16 with me, which made it fly by. Missy also started with us but she did a progression so left us around mile 6.
- I had a very minor hamstring strain, but it never hurt when running easy and really only affected two workouts (Sep. 1 and Sep. 5), plus I didn't do deadlifts or hamstring curls on the exercise ball for few strength sessions. I definitely erred on the side of caution with it! My hip also started bothering me after my Sep. 25 workout, and it was so minor that normally I'd have thought nothing of it, but after the spring I had with hip issues, I ended up being extra cautious with it too, and skipping a Sep. 30 time trial. I am not sure why I'm having these little issues, or maybe I'm just acknowledging every single little thing that I wouldn't have even noticed before.
- Albani is running cross-country and had several meets! The current week we are in she has 3, which seems excessive to me (Sep. 29, Oct. 1, and Oct. 3).
- My friend Liz completed an awesome feat on the Appalachian Trail and visited us driving back home to Portland. You can read about her journey here! Talking to her about the details was really fun and my mind is boggled by what she did.
- I ran the final 10 miles of my friend Amy's virtual Boston with her, which ended up being a lot of fun. I bragged to people along the trail about her, and then announced that she was the Boston Marathon winner as she finished.
- Jon and I celebrated our anniversary on Sep. 17 then Albani's birthday on Sep. 18.
- Albani had a slumber party for her 13th birthday...oy!
- We still mostly stay at home on weekends, and I have really grown to love that. I have definitely learned to nap more during this pandemic.
- Elanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman
- The Reptile Room (A Series of Unfortunate Events #2) by Lemony Snicket
- The Wide Window (A Series of Unfortunate Events #3) by Lemony Snicket
- The Miserable Mill (A Series of Unfortunate Events #4) by Lemony Snicket
- The Austere Academy (A Series of Unfortunate Events #5) by Lemony Snicket
- Sworn to Silence by Linda Castillo
- In Five Years by Rebecca Serle
- The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper by Phaedra Patrkc
- The Ersatz Elevator (A Series of Unfortunate Events #6) by Lemony Snicket
- The Vile Village (A Series of Unfortunate Events #7) by Lemony Snicket
- The Hostile Hospital (A Series of Unfortunate Events #8) by Lemony Snicket
- The Carnivorous Carnival (A Series of Unfortunate Events #9) by Lemony Snicket
- The Slippery Slope (A Series of Unfortunate Events #10) by Lemony Snicket
- The Grim Grotto (A Series of Unfortunate Events #11) by Lemony Snicket
- The Penultimate Peril (A Series of Unfortunate Events #12) by Lemony Snicket
- The End (A Series of Unfortunate Events #13) by Lemony Snicket
- Goodbye Ed, Hello Me by Jenni Schaefer
- How to Find Love in a Bookshop by Veronica Henry
- What Are You Going Through by Sigrid Nunez
- History of Wolves by Emily Fridlund
- Pray for Silence by Linda Castillo
Theme for the month:
Every day is different. I had great runs, I had bad runs, I had everything in between, my body felt good, my body felt terrible, some days it flows, some days you're slow. 🙂