I've had September on my mind for a long time. In a year in which things were going pretty well with running, I've let things really slip up in the past month and a half. Some intentional, some not.
I realized, though, that Sept. 1 is a great date to start anew. With my oldest son starting kindergarten the next day, it's a perfect time to hit the restart button too on a few things.
I don't want to overwhelm myself, though. After I brought back "Three Things Thursday" last week, I thought the second week of those posts would be a good time to put together three September running-related goals and shift my thinking a few days early.
Make sense? No? Sorry. Keep reading.
1. No Sweets September.
Maybe I should hashtag that ... #NoSweetsSeptember. I eat way too many innocent pieces of candy at work. That snowballs into more pieces of candy ... that snowballs into wanting a Coke a couple of times a week. I'm not going to give up sugar altogether in September, but I want to make a drastic change.
2. Run 90 miles.
I had a really good pace for the year going on until I did that stupid Runner's World streak. I call it "stupid" not because I think their promotion is stupid, but because I thought it would be a fun challenge. It was fun ... until it was over. And just like a few years ago when I did it, I came away from it unmotivated and tired. I'm not getting roped into that again.
July and August have been well below average, thus getting me off my 1,000-mile pace for the year. As I write this, I don't even know where my exact mileage stands. I know that it's not so far off that it can't be done, but it's off enough that I'm frustrated with myself. I have enough base mileage to ramp things up and then reassess goals for the final quarter of the year.
3. Sign up for (J&A) races
I'm so excited to be a J&A Racing ambassador for the 2014-15 race season, but I haven't had time to write about it much. I need to sit down with my calendar and figure out which races I'm doing and set some reasonable goals for them. It's the perfect opportunity for me to refocus in September, set up some loose plans and get out of this mini-funk.