Monday, October 1, 2012

September Training

September was a running month, and I'm good with that. I'm still enjoying the simplicity of running and getting out 4-5 times per week. I don't have many 100 mile months so I was excited to see a total of 116. A quick check showed I've only been over 100 miles in a month once before and it was two years ago!

I follow people that run 2-3x that every month, but 100+ is good for me. If I could just add a few hundred bike miles and 20k yards of swimming, I would be all set :-).

As I mentioned in my last post, I bought a running belt that can hold my phone so now I can take pictures. I made it out for an 8.6 mile run Saturday. The leaves on a few trees are changing, but not many yet. Here are a couple pics.

 

 

So I'm starting to make plans for Patrick's 12 hour run next month so I decided to hit the trail this Sunday to see what I'll be up against. The trail is fairly technical with lots of roots. I tripped several times and fell hard twice. I need to learn to pick my feet up or I have no business being out there :-). Luckily I didn't fall on a root or break anything, but I am a little sore today. Whenever I fall, I try to remember to take a picture once I'm done cussing and checking for injuries. Here are a couple I took yesterday. Sorry if you follow me on instagram and have already seen these. Oh, I also bought a headlamp since the beginning of the run will be in the dark. Can't wait to try it out!

The first fall wasn't too bad, but it happened fast. One second I was running and the next I was looking straight up at the canopy.

The second happened just as fast and I went down hard! Jammed my shuffle into the ground and jammed a bunch of dirt into the on/off switch turning off my tunes. After turning it off and on a couple times, it started working again, phew!

When I came out of the woods, a couple mountain bikers were staring at me with my right side, shirt, shorts, knee, calf, etc covered with dirt. I responded with, "just completed some full contact running :-)".

On to October!

 

13 comments:

Kate said...

We really did have parallel runs on Saturday! :) I think the more you run on trails the less you tend to fall, though as soon as I relax and stop worrying...bam!

Nice job on the 100+ month! I haven't had one of those...um...ever.

Kovas Palubinskas said...

Full contact running sounds like fun!

RockStarTri said...

100+ is a big month. well done.

James Ford said...

That is a great month! I am hoping for a 100 mile month in October! Stay upright my friend!

Christie said...

Wow... you have high mileage!! Half the time, the worst part of falling is when people see :)

The 12 hour run sounds exciting... how many miles are you planning to cover in that time frame?

Andrea Halnon said...

Laughed at the full contact remark. I fell just this morning running. Falling makes me nervous since my break but it was all fine. It was quite dark and I am not sure exactly why I fell. Pretty pictures. Did you say you will be doing a 12 hour run?

Andrea H said...

How do you get your name to still link to your blogger profile and not the new google plus thing?

TriMOEngr said...

Geez - apparently I lost you from my reading list too! I guess it is good that I only missed out on a couple of posts. Love all the pics. I really need to get better about taking them as I think they make posts so much more enjoyable (and I STILL haven't gotten the disposable camera pics developed from the Mud Run and Prison Break - really need to invest in a waterproof digital). Impressive month. Makes me think I set the bar too low to average a marathon a month, but I know that more than one or two runs a week with biking and swimming might be asking for trouble. I'll consider adding mileage if I stay injury free. Not sure I'm up for anything that last 12 hours, but I'll check it out. Thanks for all your support!

ajh said...

I switched back to limited blogger view so it does connect with my blog. Couldn't figure it out with Google Plus.

Jill said...

I tend to make trail running a contact sport, too. I am the worst stumbler. A guy told me at Leadville to thinking about picking up my toes vs my feet because the toes are what causes us to stumble and fall when they get caught. It make sense, but it was too much effort to think and run... :) Besides, isn't a little dirt on the skin a badge of honor? :) Looks like a really fun trail; the 12 hours run will be so much fun!

TriMOEngr said...

Nope - I went to my reading list tonight and even though I added you back last night - boom - gone again. Pretty soon you'll have to resort to SOS signals to tell me when you upload a post. :)

Patrick said...

The 12 hour is going to be...what's the word I'm looking for? Let's just say it will be an experience!

Theia said...

LOL at full contact running. :)

Congrats on a great month. I don't think I've ever been close to 100 miles. Good job!