August is over and we’re heading into fall! I’m so excited for cooler weather (for both running and handknit garment wearing) but August wasn’t that bad for running. Sure, my last run of the month wasn’t the best but that was just one out of twenty two. So I enjoyed about 95% of my runs which is pretty good.
One of my favorite things about August running was that I got in three trail runs at three different locations: Theodore Wirth Park, Afton State Park and Fort Snelling State Park. All three were very different runs but I loved them all. And I can’t wait to hit the trails as we get into fall and the leaves start changing because it will be gorgeous!
I also enjoyed purposely cutting back my mileage slightly to accommodate adding in speedwork. I ran 23 less miles than in July but my average pace was 15 seconds faster in August. I still can’t believe that my average pace was below 10:30 for the month. I can tell I’m running stronger by adding in speedwork, cutting back mileage, adding in core work and focusing on cross-training and stretching. It’s a balancing act to get it all in and it doesn’t always happen but it helps so much.
How was your August for running? Let me know in the comments!