With 157km notched up over the month, I'm definitely still on track to pick up the Towering Stairs. The total has been aided by far more regular dog walks, which I am now using to get me into streaking. The dog is loving it, and I get to practice my patience.
I started to get into the idea of streak-running during September, although it's streak-run/walking at this stage. The dog takes up a lot of time as she's slow (check our the Runs distance/pace chart), and is an unsuitable running buddy. Once I am strong enough to run everyday she'll be a cool-down buddy and may get more regular walks, which she'll love. I'm fairly sure she was happy with only heading out on weekends (on long 3km/1hr walks), and now goes every second day or so for 2km/40 minutes. She's become accustomed to the shorter walks now, so I don't think she'll be unhappy with shorter cool-down walks when they happen as long as they occur regularly! Of course, she may still put up a protest once in a while during a "short" walk - although she's quite cute when she puts up a protest (she sits down and refuses to move), it's really REALLY annoying.
September's Badge haul consisted of:
- Early Bird (10 runs before 7am - thanks parkrun setups and trail running!)
- Lunch Hour (10 runs on weekdays that started between noon and 2pm)
- 5 for 5 (5 days in a row)
- 10 for 10 (10 days in a row)
- In it for September (10 days of running in September).
No real long runs in September, and I've fallen off the cycling completely now. I've more-or-less told myself that I'm not allowed on the bike until I finish my thesis. Unfortunately it now means I get "long run thesis guilt"!
Otherwise I had a fairly "speedy" month - I ran my first mile time trial (although I think it was about 30m short), picked up another PB at Westerfolds parkrun (and ran sub-25 for the first time on that parkrun course), and also ran a PB at the Sri Chinmoy 10km.
Plans for October
I have now registered for the Sussan Classic (the 10km) so I need to train for that, and work to not lose pace like I did in the Sri Chinmoy run. I'm trying to make my trail runs my long run - although it will probably be split into two. The trail run with the group and then a change of footwear and exploring the Eastlink trail (bike path) on my own. There are some decent hills in the area, so it'd great if I could take those hills on as part of the solo long-run (and also take on Old Eltham Road before/after Westerfolds parkrun).
I'm staring to run out of "Low Hanging Fruit" Badges - I should pick up the 20 for 20, Long/Steep stairs and In it for October badges, but will have to be conscious of the Half Marathon, Roadrunner, and Fast & Slow badges. Although seeking the speed required for the latter two of those badges may not work with the training program (unless I record at least one of my interval splits as a separate activity - although I do want to run a stand-alone mile each month to see where my pace is at). And I still have two months to go for the Towering Stairs badge - I need 173km in October to keep that ticking over.