Monthly Mileage: Summer Edition

I completely slacked off this summer when it came to running. So, for the sake of public humiliation, here’s my Monthly Mileage breakdown for June, July, and August.

June: 31.1 miles + some sprints (looking back over my training log, I actually did really well in June! I ran 14 days out of 30, and was working on adding sprints into my routine to build my speed)

July: 6.65 miles

August: 9.9 miles

Early July was filled with home-buying drama, then P and I went on our Reunion Roadtrip, and then I returned to Charlottesville and moved into my dad’s basement, thereby losing access to my apartment’s crappy gym. Since I no longer have access to an air-conditioned treadmill, I’ve been doing my best to brave the August heat and humidity and have actually been running outside. Of my 5 completed runs in August, two were trail runs near my dad’s new house. 3 miles out-and-back through the woods–watching carefully for roots and rocks and wildlife–is quite different than the strictly-treadmill-and-pavement running that I’m used to. But I kind of like it.

Since it’s September now (my birth month! the best month!), I’m really trying to rededicate myself to making healthier choices, which in turn leads to being happier all around. I always like being able to post “I just ran 3 miles, and I did it faster than last week’s time!,” so hopefully that’ll be happening.

Fall is really the best of all the seasons. There have been a few mornings lately where I’ve walked outside to go to work, and it’s been chilly and crisp, and I can feel Autumn coming. There’s something about this season that I feel in my bones, and it brings tons of happy memories and a peaceful, all-is-right kind of feeling.

Fall in Charlottesville brings the Parade of Homes, wine tasting, lots of fall races, and a general feeling of content. This year, it brings my 25th (!!!) birthday, my 2-year anniversary with P, the re-start of the Charlottesville Design House planning meetings, and many weekend trips (because it’s also football and rugby season at P’s college!).

There’s so much to look forward to in the next few months that even my burning desire to ditch my 9-to-5 has taken a back burner. I was almost completely mentally checked out of work for the entire summer, but lately I’ve started to check back in a little bit. (Don’t get me wrong: it’s still absolutely not my forever job, but there’s so much else to be happy about that it just doesn’t seem so bad for now. But next comes winter, which is my absolute least-favorite and most depressing season. Sigh.)

So here’s to fall in Charlottesville! May it bring lots of sweaty, solid runs, health, and happiness.

summer runnin’, had me a blast

WHEW!!!! It’s officially June 1st, and it’s officially HOT. The heat and humidity have been on full-blast this week here in central Virginia, and I fully remember how much I hate it. (I know, I’ve previously complained that it was too cold. I’m a little picky.)

I went out for a 2-mile run about an hour ago (~9:30am), when my phone said it was 71 degrees. Let me tell you: it was NOT 71 degrees. It was miserable, and I stopped at 1.6 miles (completed in 17:12), because it was just too hot. I got home and checked the weather, which then said 81 degrees and 67% humidity. I don’t believe that that’s right.

Anyway: it’s time for my monthly mileage!

The month of May contained a measly 19.2 miles, 6.2 of which were during the Heart of Virginia 10k. I followed that awesome race with a not-so-awesome week off, and then resumed running with 2 miles two times a week. Not so good, Katie. Not so good.

Since it’s now hot as crap and it’s only going to get hotter, I’m really thinking about some options for exercising this summer. A gym membership? Running at 6am every day instead of in the evening? Quitting? (Not a serious contender.)

How do you keep motivated when the weather heats up?

Monthly Mileage: April 2013

I posted a nice wrap-up of my March training here, and thought it’d be nice to keep it going. So I’m hereby creating a “Monthly Mileage” post. (If the posts stop, it’s because I’ve pansied out and the running has stopped. I’m hoping that won’t happen.)

April held 45.5 miles all totaled, in 13 runs!

April also included the Ukrops 10k.

I’ve got the Heart of Virginia 10k this Saturday, and no more races scheduled after that! I think that needs to change, because this time around, it’s proven necessary to have a race on the horizon to keep me consistent. If I’m not training for something, I’m afraid I’ll stop running.

I have a few options in mind:

But I’m sort of disappointed in the lack of local races (especially 10ks) in the next few months! I might have to do a little digging. Or traveling.

And then, just as something to think about, I’ve been eyeing the following:

But I’m not quite ready to commit to another half marathon yet. We’ll just have to see how the summer goes!

12 days til Ukrops 10k!

Dad and I returned to my high school track for another long run on Saturday. We set out for 5 miles, but from the very first step, I was ready to stop. I struggled with literally every single step, my feet and legs were heavy, I’ve never felt more slow, and I wasn’t feeling it mentally. I can’t remember ever feeling that way during a run before. (I’ve felt tired and out of shape, but never so physically and mentally heavy.) It also didn’t help that somehow, we were running into the wind the entire way around the track.

FINALLY, about 3 miles in, something clicked, and I started feeling good. Our final time for 5 miles was something like 55 minutes, so we estimate that our 6.2 mile time will be right around 68 minutes…or 4 minutes faster than last year!! I’m starting to get pretty excited.

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Tonight, I headed to the gym for a 3.25mi easy run. I didn’t feel like going at first, but once I was there, it quickly became one of those rare and awesome workouts. I ran it slow and steady, with no pain and no fatigue. I had A Knight’s Tale on TV, and I sweated like crazy. It was one of those runs that helps to remind me how nice it feels to be getting back in shape. Sweating a ton, feeling strong and relaxed and like I could keep going for miles is what it’s all about.

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I think it’s time for a recap.

In January, I ran 1 mile on New Year’s Day.

In February, I ran 15.75 miles total.

In March, I kicked off the month by taking over a week off completely, but then came back strong for a total of 27.75 miles.

We’re one day into April, and I’ve started it off with 3.25 miles on the books.