THE CHANGE UP // APPRECIATING EVERY MILE
In life, things rarely go according to plan. And, that’s okay.
Because, regardless of how far you stray from your original plan, you can still end up accomplishing an awful lot. Obviously, I didn’t stick to my original plan of both blogging 2-3 times a week and getting all of my running/lifting in Monday through Friday. On their own, both are two fairly lofty goal. Combined, they seemed and actually are, quite a lot to tackle. Still, it was a goal worth setting, even though I came up a bit short in both regards. It was worth it though, and taught me a lot about adapting and simply listening more to my body..
The first week of September (Monday through Sunday), I only managed to get in 3 runs. The second week, I upped that number to five runs. Then went back down to 3, and up to 4 this week. On the surface, you could look at that running schedule as hectic, inconsistent, mediocre at best. Based on my goal of running a max of five days per week, you could also say that I had one perfect week, one decent week, and two “lazy” weeks. Instead, I choose to look at it this way: I got in (will get in) around 17 runs for the month of September. I ran faster times than I have in months. And I feel in love with running and blogging about running, again.
I wasn’t perfect. I took extra days off from running and lifting due to either stress or lack of sleep. I definitely could have planned better and gotten a few extra runs in here and there. BUT, I remained injury free, saw progress, and genuinely enjoyed each and every mile I ran. In my book, that’s a victory.
As this month ends and October/Fall begins, I’d like to make some new, more challenging goals.
I would like to run five times a week, short, long, and everything in between. I want to get my long runs back up near 7 miles, and aim for a weekly mileage total that is closer to 30 miles. I want to ice my legs more consistently, even though find the time/forcing myself to sit still for hour on end to do so seems impossible most of the time. Ideally, I’d like to put up a blog post twice a week, but would be willing to settle for one weekly recap post. Most importantly, I want to continue to enjoy my workouts…even on the days when I dread getting out of bed at 3:45 a.m.
Fall is by far my favorite time of year to run. So, I also wouldn’t mind incorporating some two a days (aka night time running) and just spending more time outside in general when possible. Oh, and relearning/getting back into running with someone else. That’s an exciting change that I’m DEFINITELY looking forward to, even if it means running without music.
Total miles ran this week: 14.37. Number of times I fell/biffed it/face planted into the ground: 1. This next month, I challenge you to get outside of your comfort zone AND give yourself credit for every single workout/run/lift/walk you get in. Especially the early morning, late night ones that seem so easily to skip due to lack of sleep or being tired.