To sum up my running in the month of October, it was a month of learning. At the beginning of the month I was just starting to feel close to 100% again after the bruised metatarsal that pretty much sidelined me for four weeks in August and September.
The first weekend of October gave me a couple of learning experiences at the same time. I got to run my first night race at the Tower of Terror Ten Miler at Walt Disney World. Let’s just say I’m going to need more practice getting ready for a race that doesn’t start until 10pm. I also learned that day that running while on penicillin will not yield the results that you’re looking for. About a week before the race I lost a filling and got an infection from it, and since the tooth was broken as well, the tooth is in a hazmat container somewhere. Hasta-la-bye-bye!
The next highlight was on October 9th: my one year runniversary! My first attempt at running was 10/9/13 when I ran 1.80 miles in a blistering 25:20. Yeah, that’s not much better than a walk, but it was a start and a year later I felt a great sense of accomplishment. Coincidentally I also hit my 1,000th mile for 2014. When I made that first run my intention was to beat my daughter to the finish line of a charity 5k, nothing more. My goals are much bigger now.
The final weekend of the month brought me to the realization that hard work and a lot of miles in the Florida summer can and will pay off. I ran my third half marathon, the Lighthouse Loop Half just south of Daytona Beach. My second half was in June and I PR’d that one by 16 minutes. At the Lighthouse Loop I was hoping for another 5 minutes worth of improvement. Instead I beat my June time by 12:41, breaking both the 2-hour and 1:50 marks at the same time. There is no better way to motivate yourself than to have a goal that you hope you can achieve and then smash it with authority.
By the end of October I ran 134 miles for the month and pushed my YTD total to 1105 miles. I’m looking at a lot more training on the calendar for November and four races: Jingle Jungle 5k and Wine and Dine half at Disney, the final race in the Fall Grand Prix race series (5k), and my first full marathon on the last day of the month. I am beyond excited about finally running a marathon and have been receiving a great deal of support from a number of more experienced runners. If you’re going to be running in either the Wine and Dine Half or the Space Coast Marathon, please let me know. I’d love to meet up with as many of you as I can.