Six facts about my October running

October was a slow month for blogging (this is only my second post of the month!), but it was a busy month for running and just in general. Here are some takeaways from my October running.

1. I ran 95.4 miles. Despite not running for six days after my marathon, I still neared 100 miles this month. That 26.2 miles certainly helped add to the mileage.

2. I ran my fourth marathon. As referenced in the last post, I ran the Baltimore Marathon, which I trained for. I didn’t have a distinct time goal, but I came in slower than expected. But there were a lot of hills, and I had a good experience. Read about it here. 

I creatively cut up this carrot after reaching the 1,000-mile milestone. (Vanessa Junkin photo)
I creatively cut up this carrot after reaching the 1,000-mile milestone. (Vanessa Junkin photo)

3. I reached 1,000 miles. On the second-to-last day of the month, I passed the 1,000-mile milestone for 2015. I’m now at 1,006.28 miles, so I have two months left to run 193.72 miles and meet my 1,200-mile goal.

4. I did my first treadmill run of the year. I hate running on the treadmill — one of the things I love most about running is experiencing the outdoors and the scenery — but I did my first treadmill run of 2015 during a stormy nor’easter, the one that was just ahead of when Hurricane Joaquin was supposed to hit (it missed us).

5. I have enjoyed the fall colors. To me, it seems that the fall leaves have been especially vibrant this year, and I’ve been enjoying seeing them on my runs in Salisbury.

6. I entered a new age group. A new five-year age group, that is. I turned 25 a few days ago, so I’ll now be competing in the 25-29 age group, which seems to be a little more competitive than the 20-24 age group. Looking forward to see how I can do!

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