Running Into Fall

Fall is here! We are getting frost warning, the tomatoes have finally stopped coming out of the garden (only because I pulled up the plants today), and the humidity is long gone. So, I figured it was a good day to go for a run, since I hadn’t in … almost 8 weeks.

Wow, I really didn’t realize it had been that long.

October 5 Run Photo

October 5 Pace Chart

I was really cruising for the first mile, but then I lost it (mostly mentally, not physically) for the rest of the run. I had to get this one out of the way though, because the 10K training plan I programmed into my phone in August starts tomorrow. It could have been worse.

My mom started running last week. She ran 5 miles this morning, at a faster pace than me. Looks like I have someone to catch.

Goal Progress

In August, I made some goals, then promptly forgot about most of them. Oops. Let’s recap:

  • Run 3x per week for the next four weeks (until I leave on vacation), with a minimum of 5 miles per week. Yeah, umm … I ran exactly zero times. I honestly think I forgot about this goal the day after I wrote it.
  • Complete Stage 1 of the New Rules of Lifting For Women program by the end of October. This requires starting when I return from vacation. This can be accomplished if I modify it. I didn’t start as soon as I got back (I was super lazy when I got back), but I could accomplish it by mid-November if I start this week. I’m going to open the book up as soon as I finish this post.
  • Complete an 8-week training program for my first official 10K. I’ll use the Nike+ beginner coach and start on October 6 for my November 30 goal race (The Big Chill). I remembered that this starts tomorrow. I’ll consider that a good start.

I don’t think I’ll be running the 6-race winter race series either. The more I think about it, the more I don’t want to commit to running in snow, hail, rain, whatever. I’m still going to sign up for my goal 10K (which is part of the series), but I’ll just run for fun this winter and sign up for races if I feel like it.

Vacation Recap

I went on a two-week, largely all-inclusive vacation, ate and drank everything I wanted, and came back just one pound heavier. I will consider that a success! We walked a lot (averaged approximately 15,000 steps per day), biked 16 miles and climbed the hill of doom, and generally were very active. I think if I hadn’t gotten in the habit of drinking a lot of all-inclusive calories (mostly hot chocolate and flavored coffee drinks), I would have come home even … or maybe even down.

I must say, this vacation was very different from our other two trips to Europe. I wasn’t tired all the time, I didn’t balk at large climbs or seemingly unending steps, and I chose to do things (like bike along the Danube) that I never would have done before. At times I even wished I had brought my running shoes, because our boat often docked right along a nice riverfront path, which would have made running in a strange city/country a breeze. Next time. 🙂

Speaking of next time—it’s not finalized, but we’re seriously considering another cruise somewhere in the world that would be VERY hot and humid, and I know that I need to be in tip top shape to do that. This vacation would occur over Christmas/New Years 2015. Whether we take this trip or not, I’m hoping/planning to be 30 pounds lighter by then. That would definitely help if I need to be in skimpy clothes all day long.

I Won’t Leave You Hanging

Now that the dreaded humidity is gone, the garden is almost put to bed, and vacation is over, it’s time to put some more effort into my fitness goals. I’ve got some blogs to catch up on that I haven’t been reading over the summer (I miss you guys!), but I’ll catch up, and I hope we can all work towards a happy, healthy holiday season together.

2 thoughts on “Running Into Fall

  1. YOU LOOK FABULOUS! I know that’s a post run selfie, but I can see the weight loss! Man!

    Sounds like an excellent vacation. Nice work on only gaining a pound!

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