I can’t believe that it’s September already! For some reason I always associate September with new beginnings and the end of summer. I guess it’s because the school and academic year started in September. Anyway, I’m waffling. As you know since the beginning of the year I’ve been producing monthly summaries of my training. I’ve also shared some of my experiences as a not very influential Birmingham-based running blogger.
What worked well? What – if there were any – were my running related achievements? What would I do differently given the opportunity? I then like to look ahead to the new month.
Increasing my mileage
When I started my half marathon training I was determined to leave my run-walk-run addiction behind me. On Sunday I ran continuously for over an hour. The only time I stopped running was to have a drink. By not overestimating my fitness levels and by selecting a 16-week beginner’s half marathon training plan, I’ve finally rediscovered my love of running.
Although I didn’t complete any races in August, I finally made it back to my local parkrun at Walsall Arboretum. Although I really enjoyed running with others, I realised that I’m equally happy running on my own at my own pace.According to my Strava statistics I completed 16 training runs during August covering a distance of approximately 76 kilometres, quite an increase from July. I successfully completed weeks 6 to 10 of my half marathon training plan and discovered that I’m definitely an early morning runner.
Although I managed to spend £70.99 on running related purchases during August, for the first time in 2016 I avoided buying running gear I don’t need. Progress!
I spent £64.00 on a pair of Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16 trainers, £2.50 on a second-hand running injuries book and £4.49 on a tube of ibuprofen gel. I think that most runners will agree that these were all essential purchases.
I also finally found the time and the motivation to list some of my unwanted running gear on eBay. Everything sold and I made enough money to cover the cost of my new trainers.
My blogging mojo returned during August and I enjoyed writing my series of weekly half marathon training review posts. I just need to improve my selfie taking skills or even better, find a friend willing to take the occasional photo of me pretending to run. I also need to work out why WordPress suddenly won’t let me respond to comments on my blog.
I was offered payment in return for a sponsored post for the first time. I turned down the opportunity as I don’t want my blog to become a series of sponsored posts. I also have no idea what a blog post is worth.
I was sent a couple of slightly unusual products to review – I’ve clearly got a reputation as an injury-prone runner. I wonder why!
Looking forward to September
Although my half marathon training has been going really, really well *touches wood* – I’m slightly nervous about the prospect of running for almost two hours in three weeks’ time. Hopefully my right knee and left foot will cope with the increased mileage and longer Sunday runs…I’m also looking forward to volunteering at the 5 mile run my running club organises on Sunday. Hopefully I won’t be put on car parking duty again… I’m also looking forward to the Lichfield 10 km on September 11th. After studying the course I’m quietly confident I’ll complete the distance in under an hour.
Finally, I’m determined to make some money by selling my unwanted running gear on eBay. I’m only going to allow myself to spend money on race entries. On Monday evening I’m attending a social event at Up and Running in Birmingham. I’m definitely going to have to leave my purse at home.
I know that I’m going to find running for two hours mentally challenging. Does anyone have any longer run survival tips?