I'm back from my vacation, and I'll eventually post about my 11 days away, but for now - I cannot believe it is September now. I've been seeing tons of commercials for fall stuff, and tons of pinterest pins for pumpkin everything! When I left for work this morning, I expected it would be a chilly fall day! But it's still looking like it will be in the 80s here today in Colorado - so I guess we arent quite at fall weather just yet!
Just wanted to do a quick recap of August's goals and set some new goals for September. August was pretty rough for me so I didnt achieve many goals, but I am working on myself still, so thats whats really important!
Stick to my marathon training plan
After completing my longest run ever in teh beginning of the month (14 miles), I skipped out on runs for two weeks - work stress, feeling tired. Just didnt want to wake up early on Saturday morning and run. So, I made the decision to not run the marathon. Honestly, the stress of waking up earlier and earlier to accomplish runs I am not excited about - I think its better to put this on hold. I am still planning to run half marathons though, and while on vacation I even got in a long run of 8 miles on a very hot and 90% humid morning in Jersey! I am more excited now to get back to running again and just focus on half marathons.
Strength train 2x per week.
I definitely failed on this. I am not actually sure I strength trained at all during the month of August - and it shows because my arms are utterly flabby! :(
Yoga 1x per week
Yup. Didnt do this either. I am just going to admit that I dont enjoy it. And I am done trying to.
Read 3 books.
Woohoo! I met a goal! I actually far surpassed this goal, and read 6 books! I finished one prior to vacation, and then I actually read 6 more while on vacation (but one was after September started). Thats a lot of productive reading!! And I am almost where I need to be to hit my goal of 40 books this year! So, if I just keep on the reading productivity, I could indeed make my goal after all! Thank you, Young Adult novels for the easy mindless reading :)
Complete 2 craft projects.
I did indeed do this as well. I actually finished two easy projects in one morning, and I've also been slowly working on a very complicated cross-stitch. I also bought a new sewing machine in August, but have yet to actually sew anything - but excited to get started sometime soon!
Ok, not the best of months, I know. During August, I also went to the mental health clinic on base and started getting treatment for vicarious trauma from my job. I have my second appointment today actually, and I am somewhat looking forward to it.
Overall, August was an incredibly stressful (work-related) month for me. I felt like my job was also putting a strain on my relationship, but I think things are fine between us now. I am looking forward to making more improvements in September, though there will still be the work stress, and I will be travelling again this month.
Here are my September Goals:
Run 3x per week - keeping up distances for a half marathon in October.
I was planning to run a 1/2 this month but since I didnt run for a few weeks and my most recent long run was only 8 miles, I decided to just work on my mileage again for a few weeks, and then plan to run Rock & Roll Denver 1/2 in October. Still debating whether to do a 10k this month or not. I've never actually doen a 10k race, so it is tempting!
Strength Train 3x per week.
After feeling really self-conscious about my flabby arms at both weddings I went to (even though I am sure no one else noticed), I am ready to put together a basic strength training plan. I need to make sure I set aside the time during the week to get in the workouts, so finding something basic that gets the job done will be what I am searching for, for now.
Read 4 books this month.
I am determined to try as hard as possible to make my 40 book goal this year. YA novels seem to be the way to go. Also, reading instead of watching tv. :) But I feel like I am back in the reading mind-sight, and plane rides definitely help!
Complete 2 craft projects.
I have one already planned -a wreath for J in Florida Gator colors, now that it is football season again. I am also planning to make a wreath for myself, but havent decided on what style yet. I plan on finally getting started on actually sewing my table top quilt!
Re-organize my craft room and master bathroom.
I've been obsessing lately about re-organizing my craft room to make it more user-friendly - I've been accumulating more and more stuff, but once I store it in boxes I cant find anything, so I need a better storage method. I am finally picked out some new Ikea furniture for the craft room and plan on heading to Ikea this weekend to purchase so I can start re-organizing ASAP. My master bathroom is also a complete disaster because nothing is organized. I've got some great ideas on pinterest that I am hoping to implement this month also!
So thats about it for now, I think. I am exhausted today because I didnt get back home until 9:30pm last night. Buffy was really worn-out too and while I was getting ready for work this morning, she was sound asleep on my bed (usually she is running around outside!). I only had 50 unread emails to come back to this morning, but thats also becuase I read some of them while I was away. I am already feeling overwhelmed and I've only been in the office for an hour! But I just have to take everything one day at a time... I am already looking forward to the weekend. Especially because after not being at my house for 11 days, I really want to get it organized and do some serious cleaning.
Though, I will tell you. One of the best feelings ever is walking back into *my* house after being gone for a while. It's so comforting to know it's mine. (I clearly spent way too much time at my parents' house recently!).
Oh, and I forgot to mention: I start dance classes this week! Tonight is a hip hop class and Thursday is a jazz class. Still have to shop and pick up shoes after work today before my first class!