September was a busy month of running — so much so that I’m just now getting to my September wrap-up on Oct. 13. So, here goes…
- I ran 131 miles. This was my highest monthly mileage of the year so far, and it was also higher than all but one month in 2020.
- I ran my fast 1600 in 8:37. I kept up this year’s goal of running a fast 1600 at the beginning of each month. This month, my time was 8:37.
- I ran five races. September has so many good races! In September, I ran the Mike Sterling 10K, the Rock ‘n’ Roll Virginia Beach Half Marathon, the Run, White and Blue 5K, the Skipjack Run 10K and the Pemberton 24.
- I ran my longest mileage in a single event. Although it was split with a night of sleep, I completed 37.2 miles at the Pemberton 24, which is the highest mileage I’ve completed during one event.
- I met one of my 2021 goals. With my finish time at the Mike Sterling 10K, I met my goal of beating at least two of my 2020 standard race distance times. I did this for the half marathon and 10K. There’s still time to see if I can improve on my marathon or 5K times!
- I went to yoga four weeks in a row (in September). I’ve gotten into a regular schedule of going to a 6 a.m. yoga class on Wednesdays at Soul Yoga. Including October (and this morning), I’ve now gone six weeks in a row. I’m not a morning person, but I rarely have other plans at 6 a.m., so it’s something I can make time for in my schedule and not back out of because I have a conflict. I’ve been enjoying it, and it’s a good way to start the morning.
- I got in some long runs for marathon training. In addition to the races that doubled as long runs, I got in a 14-miler and a 12-miler. Both were with my friend Diana, and one was also with my friend Richard, at Trap Pond State Park.
- It finally started to feel cooler! Not every day in September was cool, but it was so nice to finally have some weather that was not stifling hot and humid.