I know, I know, we're already 4 days into October, but I never had a chance to review September, so here goes:
The month started strong, and then I was struck down by disease and was basically reduced to running the bare minimum for 2 solid weeks. I went from running 40 mile weeks to eeking out 15 mile weeks. I'm not sure which upset me more: Feeling like crap every single day for 2 weeks, or having to reign in the mileage so dramatically.
In the end, I ran 113 miles in September -- the lowest monthly mileage in my streak so far -- but, hey, I still broke 100 miles, so that makes me feel decent. Unfortunately, I didn't get any real long runs done as I'd hoped, so while I had tentatively been thinking of an HM at the end of this month or beginning of next, I think I'm going to have to skip those opportunities and aim for a late Nov or early Dec HM to round out the year.
Ultimately, it sucks that I spent 10 of the month's 30 days suffering from a mysterious illness, but the streak survived. There were a few days there last week when I almost threw in the towel, but phew, I sure am glad I didn't! I may have run more 1 milers than I would've liked, but at least I ran them.
So, on to October!
I plan to continue streaking (especially now that I'm a mere 4 days away from reaching 100 consecutive days), and this month, for serious, I want to start logging some long runs.
This week, I have been taking it pretty easy. Each day this week I've been feeling better by small increments, but I don't want to push myself too hard when this virus has clearly sucker-punched me. So, I've been sticking to 3 milers, but hopefully, tomorrow and this weekend (fingers crossed), I'm feeling good enough to log a little farther distances.
One thing I can say for certain about being sick for a long period of time: It makes you appreciate feeling healthy! For the past couple of mornings when I wake up and don't feel totally awful, I'm like "Yay! This is awesome!"