Are we seriously halfway through October?! When did that happen? I’m positive that I just finished my half marathon like a week ago.
I have not been doing a very good job at keeping my blog updated. Sorry! In addition to my new blanket excuse of “school takes up all my free time,” I have one more related excuse: I’m still blogging twice a week, just not about running. One of my classes requires blogging twice a week about in-class discussions and assigned readings plus commenting on my fellow students blogs. Finding the time and energy to write a third post each week just hasn’t happened. I’m really hoping next semester does not have any blog homework. Blogging is supposed to be fun, not work.
Since I haven’t been blogging this post is going to cover both my goals for October as well as a midway check in. When choosing goals I wanted to be sure to pick things that were achievable and wouldn’t interfere with school. With that in mind my goal was simply to run four times a week. I also wanted to stop my self from being overly invested in running, so I also added practice yoga once a week as a second goal.
So far I have been killing it in October! I ran 4 times during the first week (27.66 miles) and 5 times during the second week (34.89 miles). Even though I’m technically only 2 weeks into the month, I’ve actually had 3 yoga sessions: two yoga classes (free on Saturdays at Lululemon!) and one at home yoga video. I was hoping to go to the free yoga class this past Saturday, but it was cancelled. When I found out yoga was cancelled this week, I drove to the park for hill repeats. I definitely won’t complain about substituting a run for yoga! But I was feeling guilty later that night and ended up getting in about 45 minutes of solo practice. Look at me, I’m not a quitter!
That’s my October so far. I’m planning to keep rebuilding my mileage over the next two weeks. I’m still not settled on whether or not I will go for the birthday ultra, but if I do, I need to work on my endurance. I’m even looking forward to my next couple yoga sessions. I definitely don’t love it the way I love running, but it has been really nice to have an hour every week dedicated to just relaxing and focusing on me. Running is a great stress reliever too, but sometimes I spend the run distracted by homework or thinking about upcoming races.