September was an odd month for me. I was gearing up for a race in the middle of the month that I was very excited about as it was in my home town, but it was one of the most challenging races ever, and the wheels fell off and I kinda hated running a little bit. I spent the last two weeks of September trying to figure out what that meant and keeping the mileage low. As a result, I ended up with my lowest mileage month this year, but once I got out of my funk (but sucking it up and running), I'm back on track and feeling much better about running in general. I'm getting faster and I need to start to think a bit harder about what I really want to do in 2013.
# of runs: 14
Longest run: 21.3k. Milton Half Marathon!
Races: Milton Half Marathon!
Total KM: 140.9k – This is my lowest month of the year. My next lowest month was May at 162k. I've done a lot of running this year!
Total time spent running: 13h31m37s
Average pace per KM: 0:05:46
I've had to come to terms that I didn't hit my goal at Milton and have adjusted my plan to go after my half marathon PB at the Niagara Falls Half Marathon on October 21st. I won't have the opportunity to pre-run the course, so I'll be blind, but I'm very sure that I can handle it. As I mentioned, I struggled with my mojo in the later weeks of September and I really think that stressful workdays were a contributing factor. I had not put enough stock in my ability to hit the gym at lunch for quick treadmill runs and tempo work and those long days of working through lunch then coming home and working after the kids were in bed took their toll. I'm actually at the point where I'm looking forward to no race training schedule for November and December, but at the same time, I'm looking forward to getting back to marathon training starting in January. My two year quest toward running at Boston starts on January 1, 2013 and I need to get my head space right for the work it will entail.
I hope everyone enjoyed a good month. As October is marathon time in my part of the world, I expect lots of people enjoyed lots of training and peek months as they enter the taper at the beginning of October. I can't wait to read how well my blogger friends do this fall as they accomplish the goals that months of training have set them up for.