I am linking up today just so you know I am alive and kicking :)
October started on a low note. I had the ball of left foot with the bruised feeling sensation, and the cut on my right heel. I was trying to string together rest days to let it heal. It took longer than I thought, and it really impacted my short daily runs. I got my long runs done, but like I said in my runfessions, I was not 100%.
I used the indoor and outdoor cycle options to make up for lost running time. I ended up biking 73 miles in October :) Although, it doesn't feel quite the same, it does keep my hamstrings and glutes engaged. I do want to end up injured again, so I will do it and smile about it.
The month ended on a ♪ ♪ high note. Halloween sangria while passing out candy, after a pretty good (pace)12 mile run, it didn't lack challenges though, recap coming...
I slept eleven and a half hours Halloween night, my sleep needs have been crazy after my 10, 11, and 12 mile runs.
I always struggle with fatigue, but it seemed especially rough this month. Vacation I slept a lot, and as soon as I started to feel relaxed, I had to get back on a plane, fly home, and go back to work...
I need more hiking timeNever enough time it seems, my own time, time I get to choose what I want do. I have been battling that emotion for quite some time, but that is a long story for some other day.
I felt nervous throughout this month about my missed runs, but I still got 93 running miles in. I had hoped many of those miles would have been speedier, but the truth is I basically limped through a good handful of those miles. Life just isn't going to be perfect.
Run buddy has lost about 20 lbs. since June. It has made quite a difference in her pace. My race plan may be to just try to keep up with her. She is much less labored at a 9:30 - 9:45 pace now. That pace is still basically killing me, it feels like 150% effort.
|run buddy and I were stuck at a train crossing during our 12 mile run|
|This train was doing its own pace|
Best moments of October ~ our 5K turned 4.4 mile race. This race really aggravated hubby's foot, but we got a great photo out of it!
I also got back to Montana to see my Mom, and Glacier National Park. My time there went waaaaaay to fast. Work 50 weeks so I can go somewhere I want to for a week? Hmmm, is that balance?
This is the road into my Mom's neighborhood - it makes me smile
Anyway, the path there around Whitefish, MT is so amazing. I wish my foot would have been up for more running. It made me sad I was stuck in minimal mode. I loook forward to running there like you can't imagine.
I need a path in my life like this at home
I never have to dodge turkeys at home, is that what they are? Seriously, just being free of traffic worries is what I look forward to. Whitefish upgraded and now there is more path you can run a lot of miles on! The path, the trees, the fresh air, the mountains, it is all so wonderful.
It was so nice to sleep in on vacation and run late morning :)
A section of path close to town is a slight downhill - it was awesome, all running should be so easy. Seriously, I can not do that normally!
I made an effort to start my taper by meal prepping. I really want to eat healthy lunches, so I made a big pot of lentils with onions, carrots, squash, and red potatoes. Hubby suggested I use a a beef stew seasoning packet and it is pretty delish :)
I am not sure my picture looks very appetizing lol but I promise it is yummy.
Hmmm..looks like lentil mush lol
I tend to make better eating choices when I have to plan to run long distances, etc...I tend to fall apart when I am working out less. Hopefully this taper, I can keep it together.
Oh, and my 12 mile run deserves it own recap.
Urban running - got stuck at a train crossing (picture above), had to stop at several stop lights (crazy traffic), we ran through a building construction zone, jack hammers and huge machinery inches away from us, and down to the river and back up the hill just because....look at that climb up, man I wanted to curse lol
We almost got hit once because a cross walk sign was apparently malfunctioning. It was a bit crazy! I tried to pick up the pace the last few miles, and got so light headed I had to hold up a light pole for a few minutes at the end, my head felt detached from my body, but of course I made sure my watch beeped 12 miles first...priorities :) I kind of wanted to hurl when I was done.
we survived our 12 mile adventure :)
This sums up my life....
...and I will miss you caramel apples - one of my favorite things about October
Do you love caramel apples? How much Halloween candy did you consume?
How do you do with taper eating?
Did you have a low or high moment? or both?
Thanks for stopping by! I love reading all your comments.
Have a wonderful week,