The more compassionate you are, the happier you are— Dalai Lama
Well that’s food for thought, isn’t it? Be compassionate and feel happier.
How did September go? Let’s see!
Getting in scheduled runs
It wasn’t always easy — when is it ever? — even with just 3 runs a week, but I got it done. Not quite the weekly mileage I’d like, but it is what it is.
Grade Earned: A
Still no stationary bike warmups, but the dynamic stretch before a run gets done.
Grade Earned: A
I actually like foam rolling. Most of the time it’s just a few minutes — small price to pay for prehab and being properly warmed up.
Grade Earned: A
I made an effort to cook more in September. Weight is still high. Bummer. There weren’t that many indulgences, but some — that’s kind of what I mean by balance.
Grade Earned: B
Yoga, Strength Training, Pilates. Not bad, not great. I’d like to see more, but sometimes something’s gotta give.
What I did in September
- What I didn’t do? Visit my mom. Not at all. I’m not gonna lie — I felt fairly normal for the first time in a long time, getting some housework done finally, feeling more energetic. Right up until I got boosted.
- First Chiropractor visit in 3 years.
- Got the Pfizer Bivalent Booster.
- Ran 10 miles the week after my booster.
- We went to Thacher Park for some brief hikes. And we just squeaked in with that one day of light hiking before October!
September 2022 gets . . .
. . . an A. Do I feel guilty not visiting my mom? Yes, yes I do. Did it also feel really, really good to have a month at home? Yes, yes it did. I visited right before August turned into September, and again, just as September turned into October and I’ll be there this weekend, too. Fitness wise September was fairly decent.
- Run 3 x week. Y/N. Because of the booster and some life stuff, there was at least one (maybe two?) weeks with just two runs. I did my best to keep the mileage up with just those runs. Life happens.
- ST 3 x week. Y/N. Sort of. I did started doing Pilates more often, but after the booster I just needed more rest again.
- Figure when I need to get in longer runs Y. A solid yes! I put a schedule of long runs on my calendar. Of course I almost immediately changed it, but that’s ok.
- More hiking/short local trip. Y. We hiked in Thacher Park and then went to visit the falls by the pizza place I like.
- At least one real rest day a week. N. Well, my Garmin kept telling me after the booster that I didn’t rest enough to balance my activity, even when I would run and then rest a lot that day. Hopefully I’ve timed it right so my energy is more normal this month.
- Maybe a race N. I had one I thought about but I think there was a conflict between what I was doing and what Mr. Judy was doing.
- Book rest of hotels for Fall trip. Y/N. We’ve booked the most important ones, but we still need to book something at the beginning and end of our trip.
- Continue to try to eat intuitively — unless the weight starts to creep up. Y. Still eating intuitively but it’s been a long time since I’ve been this weight.
Which leads me to October Goals:
- Run 3 x week. Yom Kippur (I don’t run fasted!) and more visits to mom makes it more difficult to juggle everything but I’ll do my best.
- ST 3 x week. Although I’ll aim for 3 x, 2 x is good if there’s also Pilates.
- More hiking. The plan is to do some hiking on our trip — nothing too strenuous — so it’s good to also get a bit more time hiking beforehand too. Plus, Fall!
- At least one real rest day a week. The booster messed with rest days. Hopefully that will calm down by the end of the month.
- Finish booking hotels for trip. The time is now.
- Continue to try to eat intuitively — unless the weight starts to creep up. I do still feel intuitive eating is working.
This week I am also joining up with the new Runners’ Roundup linkup.