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Monday, October 01, 2012

I didn't put September goals in print because basically my objective was just to get through it. Sept. is a transition month for my family since I'm a teacher. I spend more hours at work than usual and it's just tough. But I did have some goals in mind and the month went much better than usual.

I've realize that I love spark challenges, but sometimes I overdo it. Shocker, I know. Several times I've done loads of push ups just to meet a goal number but then the next month I don't do any because I'm sick of em. Obviously a poor approach to ST. So I decided to track 3 moves, no goal. Just do some whenever I think of it. And then the idea is to beat those numbers this month. Not burning out, just maintaining and building on strength. It's a pretty great feeling when you can do 25 real push-ups, on your toes real. And then it's pretty humbling when you realize how quickly you drop down to 10. Anyway, I want to maintain 15. And I want to get to 10 pull-ups.

Tricep dips: 195
Push-ups: 260
Pull-ups: 18

This is how much I used to do every week. I'm trying to find a balance. And I haven't done any in the past week because of my silly pinkie finger injury. It's healing so I should be back at it within the next couple days.

Run: 92.7
Bike: 62
Swim: 1 ( yep, 1 mile. I went swimming once and it felt amazing. I wish swimming fit into my schedule right now but I can only do so much. once or twice a month will have to be enough)

I'm happy with these numbers and have no concrete goals for oct. except, keep it up! The Fall has made running magical. I havehad a few really great runs recently (minus the one where I tripped and dislocated mentioned pinkie which is healing crooked). But seriously I love running in this gorgeous weather. My pace has been quite a but faster than normal and I think is because of the heat. I also think tri training made me stronger and faster. As far as my running goes, I couldn't be happier. The Twin Cities 10 mile is on Sunday and I am super excited. No more worries about beating last years time. It's all good!

I wanted to lose 0.5 of a pound. I lost 0.2 ha! After how much I went up around Labor Day, I'm good with that. I was with a bunch of running friends this weekend and one made a comment about me being skinny or something. And a good friend jumped in and said it was because I'm not running Twin cities (meaning the full marathon) or Chicago, which most of them are. And it's just so true and we all had a big pout fest about how hard it is to lose or even maintain for that matter, during marathon training. It's a tough battle that's for sure.

I've decided not to take on a 70.3 race at this point. I'm just not ready to commit that much time to training or that much money. My next marathon will be next Fall, which means training starts in June. Which means I have 8 months to lose these 5 pounds that would bring me to my made up ideal "racing weight " ha! Doesn't that make me sound fancy?!

The other thing that makes me feel like a fancy athlete is that I'm going to a training meeting. 4 of the girls I run with and I are getting together to plan races for next season and creating ST plan for the winter based on the Triathletes Training Bible. These women are doing a full Ironman or a few 70.3s. I have lots to learn from these ├╝ber athletes and I love it.

Nutrition: take away Labor Day fair and bbqs and I had a great month. Such a great time of year for fresh veggies. I am ging to work real hard to grow more of our own next summer. And with this cooler weather I have an easier time sticking to my no snacks after dinner routine. Tea is my secret weapon.

September was good. I have a feeling October is going to be great! Tell me something you're going to do this month.
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    I love this blog! You are such an inspiration. Thank you for always being you and being real. It puts things in perspective for me. Way to go on your goal setting. I am thankful you have a group of friends to run with and soak up some pointers and give some pointers! I almost made those pumpkin muffins this morning.... but some over ripe banana's were screaming to be used! Enjoy the fall running and buy some fall winter cycling gear... it is different in the winter! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1963 days ago
    You are so inspiring! I am just hoping to make it through october with no weight gain LOL. Such a crazy month! Good luck on your run!
    1968 days ago
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    I hope that October is as good as september.
    1968 days ago
    Love this.
    Yay, you made it through Sept! Phew.
    You are so blessed to have some real deal athletes around you to get together and make up a training schedule...HOLA amazing! How did you find these girls?-honestly. I need me some of those friends.
    I forgot you hurt your finger. Hope it heals up quick and straight so you can jump back in to your pushups. You're gonna do great at your 10 miler this weekend. Easy breezy.
    Tea eh? I know you've said that before.It's such a good idea. You are going to reach your "ideal racing weight". I just know it:)
    Happy October to yooouuu, my friend!
    1969 days ago
    One thing I'm going to do this month? Hmmm... Let me think...
    I know! I'll be getting motivated and inspired by you and try to follow in your fitness footsteps!!! That's what I'll do!
    You are great! Good luck with your race this Sunday!
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    1969 days ago
    I am going to run my first half marathon!!!! :) Then...MUCH NEEDED TWO WEEKS OF REST!
    1969 days ago
    I wish I had other female triathletes to learn from! Your goals are great and will get you where you where you want to go.
    1969 days ago
    You blow me away with all that you do! I'm focusing on fitness this month. I've slacked off SOOO bad and need to get back at it again. Good luck on your 10 mile this weekend!
    1969 days ago
    I'll say it again, you are AMAZING!!

    I'm running my first half (walked one in May with my sister.... )

    And, like you, just to maintain that weight thing....

    Have fun at TC marathon activities this weekend ~ Patty emoticon
    1969 days ago
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