August Accomplishments & September Goals


I started off August with a rest day and ended on a rest day which is not how I typically like to start and end my months but sometimes rest is best and listening to your body is better than pushing through pain or injury.  

Importance of Rest Days | TheFitFoodieMama.com

 

Despite starting and ending on rest days, I actually logged 108 miles which is a record amount of mileage in one month for me! I really wanted to end the month with 110 miles but my calf has been really bothering me over the last week and given the 4 races that I am signed up for in September, I felt it would be smarter just to give my body a break for a day and let it relax.  

August Mileage | TheFitFoodieMama.com

Other than two unplanned rest days in August, it was actually a really good month for training.  I not only ran my highest amount of miles in a month, but I also ran my furthest distance- 13.1 miles at a 8:19 min/mile pace! This is really exciting to me because it proves that I will be able to run my half marathon without too much worrying as long as my body cooperate otherwise.  My realistic goal is to finish in under two hours and my push-myself-to-near-death goal is to finish in 1:45 mins. That might be laughable and I’m not sure I should even say it out loud but in the back of my head that is my real goal.

August Accomplishments & September Goals TheFitFoodieMama.com 

Aside from continuing my half marathon training, I am going to be participating in 4 races this month: Arc Race, #10on10 virtual race, Rivertown Strollerderby and the Ragnar Relay Adirondacks. Of all of those races I am most nervous about Ragnar because I was bumped into Runner 6 position which means that I will be running a total of 21.5 miles- the most of any other leg.  YIKES! 

August Accomplishments & September Goals |TheFitFoodieMama.com

 

So what’s my September goal you ask? Survive.  I just want to survive all these races, especially Ragnar- I won’t die, right? 

QOTD: What are your goals for September? Any big races on the calendar? 


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32 Comments

Renee @ Bendiful Blog
Reply September 2, 2014

Look at you! You running fool. Great JOB!

Summer has been rough for me and my fitness goals, in fact I REALLY need to get back on track. It's pretty sad actually. And not just working out but my sleep, eats and all the others things that lead to good overall health need an overhaul.
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    aelicatese
    Reply September 2, 2014

    It is so hard once you get off track to get back on because it all becomes such a cycle! Once you do get back on track I am sure you'll feel 100x better and more motivated! I saw your posts on Yoga so it looks like you have been delving into that, which I definitely don't do enough of!

Redd
Reply September 2, 2014

Your month was successful! Lots of running and great time accomplishments as well! As for what September brings for me in the workout world...more weights, running intervals and mentally gearing up for Octobers start of Vegas training. I am eager to see what 5 miles will look like as the longest run since April has been 1 mile. I have been dealing with a minor leg muscle injury since starting intervals (due to my half in San Diego 3 years ago) A little nervous but I know what I need to do...Stretch & Stretch!
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    aelicatese
    Reply September 2, 2014

    I think you will do great! You always do awesome no matter what it is!

SuzLyfe
Reply September 2, 2014

That. Post-it. Is awesome. Great month! And don't worry, you won't just survive Ragnar, you will love it (you know you will)
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    aelicatese
    Reply September 2, 2014

    Haha, I thought it was hysterical too! I think I will be okay and just slow down if I need to! I have only ever heard awesome things about Ragnar so I am very excited!

Mary Beth Jackson
Reply September 2, 2014

Sounds to me like you had a great month! So far I am doing the SportsSkirt 10for10 virtual run this month- it will be a nice addition to my training schedule. Good luck with September- you look very busy!
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    aelicatese
    Reply September 2, 2014

    Thank you! I think the #10on10 will be fun too! I love that all I can run "along side" all my blogger friends! :)

Stacey Niedzwiecki
Reply September 2, 2014

I am also doing the 10on10 virtual run, so my goal is also to survive! :-) I will be doing the 10K which will be the longest distance I've ever run. As long as I'm still standing by the end, I will consider it a success.

    aelicatese
    Reply September 2, 2014

    You will finish and do wonderful I am sure! I might only opt to run the 10k too- it will be fun no matter what though! Did you pick out anything fun with your giftcard?

      Stacey Niedzwiecki
      Reply September 2, 2014

      Well, I haven't gotten my stuff in the mail yet, but I'm thinking one of the fun prints of the gym girl ultra skirts and a pair of the arm warmers in preparation for northeast winters. ;-)

        aelicatese
        Reply September 2, 2014

        That's a great idea! The winters here are so harsh- I should have gotten those too!

Debbie Rodrigues
Reply September 2, 2014

That is a lot of running! I am improving my running stats too, but I haven't made it to a race this year. Well, one virtual, but that was all.
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    aelicatese
    Reply September 2, 2014

    It has been a lot of running and so far so good until last week when I think I pulled my calf muscle. Just trying to rest now & get it to heal so I can actually run in my races this month! Virtual races are fun too! I just participated in my first one and signed up for a few more for October!

Annie Brees
Reply September 2, 2014

You will survive! (Are you singing the song?) I love your photos by the way. My September goals? As vain as it sounds- I've got a few October events that I'd like to look good for so I'm tightening the belt on my diet (wanting to exercise comes naturally to me so I don't have to worry too much about that) not necessarily so I look better but just so I feel like I'm on top of my game!
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    aelicatese
    Reply September 2, 2014

    Haha, thank you! I am singing the song as I am typing this actually! I am the same as you- I never really need motivation to workout but laying off some wine and paying more attention to my intake (even though it's mostly healthy) will hopefully help me perform better for these races. You will definitely be able to do the same- you seem like you can accomplish whatever you set your mind to! :)

Ariana
Reply September 3, 2014

You are such a badass! I love it. 21.5 miles?! Is that consecutive?? I will send lots of positive, healing vibes to your calf from my IT band. Maybe if they connect they will stay injury-free for us ;)
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GiGi Eats
Reply September 3, 2014

I definitely DO NOT listen to my body enough. When I have injuries I push through them. Probably not the smartest thing to do and I may pay for it in the end, but I am just trying to live in the moment, LOL
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    aelicatese
    Reply September 3, 2014

    I am usually like that and would probably just have kept running if I didn't have the relay coming up where others are depending on me! I'm all for living in the moment though! :)

Emily @ Whatever Floats Your Oats
Reply September 3, 2014

Congratulations on an awesome August! Good luck with your races in September. I'm looking forward to the #10on10 - my first virtual race!
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    aelicatese
    Reply September 3, 2014

    Thank you! I am looking forward to the #10on10 too though I haven't decided if I am going to to the 10k or 10 miler. I am going to leave it up to how I am feeling that morning :)

Deborah @ Confessions of a Mother Runner
Reply September 3, 2014

Wow you logged a ton of miles this month super impressive and speedy too. I hope I survive Ragnar too. Are you doing DC?
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Chris
Reply September 17, 2014

Hey! Came across your site while looking up Ragnar stuff- I'll be running the ADK race too with some friends. It's a blast! I did the Pennsylvania Ragnar a few years back which was also a hell of a challenge, but life-changing in the best of ways. Best wishes with your training, this month and beyond!

    aelicatese
    Reply September 17, 2014

    Thanks so much- training has been challenging as well but in a fun way :) I am so excited for Ragnar but honestly a little scared of all those miles in such a short amount of time! Good luck next weekend and best wishes to you as well! Feel free to connect with me on Twitter, IG or FB and say hello!

      Chris
      Reply September 21, 2014

      You'll be great- for me the first time, it was all about prep and pace. Fuel, re-fuel.. it's gonna be a great time. I think I saw you on Twitter while looking at RagnarADK tweets, I'll follow up. Our team name is RACKSMAN & Friends, shout at us if you see us this weekend!

        aelicatese
        Reply September 22, 2014

        I will definitely give you a shout out on Twitter if I happen to see your team!:) What is your twitter handle?

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