September is usually one of my favorite months (October is my #1 favorite), and this year that holds true, sort of. The weather in Virginia has been awesome, but so many other things have been challenging, that it’s hard to appreciate the weather. I’m joining up with Marcia for a few runfessions (and maybe a few “lifefessions” as well.)
I must runfess that I’ve been struggling to increase my mileage. Some of it is physical – I’ve never completely gotten rid of the upper hamstring issue that started last summer. Some of it is mental – even though I have “races” coming up, they are virtual and I can’t get myself to care enough to really stick to a training plan. I even downloaded Hal Higdon’s “training for geezers” to at least get sort of on track and have totally failed to follow it. To be honest, I’m not sure I’ll truly get back to distance running until I have an actual, in person race to run. (I know some races have started happening. For various reasons, I can’t risk that right now.)
I must runfess that despite my lack of training, I have a lot of races to do this month. I’m doing the Marine Corps Marathon trifecta – 10K, Marathon, 50K. I *may* have bitten off a bit too much there, but apparently I’ll do anything for a bit of bling. My current plan is to choose two Mondays (the day my kids don’t have virtual classes) and just spend the day walking the distance. I also have ZOOMA Cape Cod to do this weekend, ZOOMA Amelia Island to do in mid-October. and I’m doing Ragnar Michigan this weekend. Thankfully I’m still doing the Circumpolar Run Around the World, so all these miles will count towards that too.
Speaking of CRAW, I must runfess that I am really enjoying adding bike miles. My body appreciates a lower impact workout and it’s an easy way to balance my poor eating habits. Turns out that running isn’t my true favorite method for coping with stress. Apparently it’s eating simple carbs. I swear I start every day planning to eat healthy and then something happens to increase my stress and suddenly I’m shoving naan in my face. Thanks to all my activity, this has not had an effect on how my jeans fit, but I’m sure the empty nutrition is not really helping my energy levels. (And we may have space on our CRAW team if you’d like to join for a region or more.)
Not much else going on here. Both boys are learning virtually and some days are better than others in that regard. Beer Geek is still working from the basement and will for the foreseeable future. ZOOMA is keeping me busy (are you in our Run Club? It’s free!). But I must runfess that all those projects I thought I’d do when this started? Not a single one has happened. But we did vote already, so that’s something.