I had no idea what I was getting into with September, but I am pleased as punch about it.
Keep killing the PT, but make a decision about the IT band. Done.
Finish the metric century under 4 hours. DNS due to surgery.
Try some more veggies. Pumpkin! Something I thought I hated but turned out to be delicious in ravioli. I am also continuing my love affair with the green chiles.
Buy a new duvet cover (sometimes, it's the little things). Bought this yesterday! Love it!
Do the hill workout EVERY WEEK. And....nope. I did it the first week of September and that is it.
Wow. Let's talk about September. At the beginning of the month, I felt strong yet still frustrated. I had a complete meltdown while pacing in a friend, which turned into surgery 4 days later. I believe that the universe guides me, and in this instance, threw bricks at my face to make sure I was paying attention. And since I've had the surgery, I've been a bit blah about what I can and mostly can't do. However, I am still 100% sure that having the surgery was the right decision for me. I'm healing quickly, despite my frustrations with how slowly I feel like I am progressing. While I'm not at all ready to begin running, I can tell that my body is working hard to heal. I've logged more swims in the past two weeks than I have in months, including the monster 2-miler I swam on Saturday, and I'm slowly but surely adding minutes to my time on the spin bike. In short, I need to remember that progress in baby steps is still progress. There are things that I miss, like my sunrise bike rides and monster leg sessions at the gym, but I'm okay with that sacrifice because I will heal stronger and faster than I started. And even better: I'll be able to run.
The even more excellent news is that now it's October, my favorite month of the whole year (and not just because I'm turning 30 this week). I love fall. I love crisp mornings and cool air blowing in the windows and leaves changing and the smell of wood fires and getting out the electric blanket. I love being outside in sweaters but the sunshine is still warm. I like switching back over to red wine and making pots of chili and having fires out back. More than anything, I love running in the fall. I love chilly mornings and running at night through Del Ray. I love struggling into my CW-X tights for the first time, and pulling out the Brooks long-sleeve running jacket that is one of my favorite things ever. And this fall, I'll get to do it. All of it.
Miles run: 43, with about 70% of that actually walking due to the walk/run and about another 20% in the pool. And all before September 16th.
Miles cycled: 254, my lowest mileage since May, but also, all before September 16th.
Rest days: 3 while on vacation, 6 post-surgery
Stupid teenage vampire books read while recovering: 4
Number of time I've looked at the dog and said "Thank God his hair is growing back": at least 20
Visits to topless beach: 3
Swim workouts where I mostly use my arms: 5
Hoodies pulled out of the closet: 4
Pounds of ice used during recovery: 20000000
Pairs of pants purchased in the correct size: 4
Pairs of pants that I will probably return anyway: 4
I'll pick a giveaway winner tomorrow. Shot Bloks for everyone!