September Shenanigans

September Shenanigans

Do you know what is harder than to start running after a break? Blogging after a break! I keep telling myself that I’m going back to my old schedule of 3 posts a week or to get inspiration from the other bloggers that I follow. But it’s been virtually non-existent, almost like I have writers block.

It also doesn’t help that I write what I feel and about my experiences and with the injury, my thoughts are almost all consumed by it. Everything that comes out of my head is related to whining about it, and every thought is consumed by prayers for it to go back to 6 months ago. Those aren’t too happy thoughts to write and so I’ve avoided writing.

I am determined however to pick back up writing – like running, I love writing for the release it gives me, not to be a popular blogger or be an influencer. So here we go as I pick an easy end of the month topic to write about. And as September is one of  my favorite months of the year, it should help me write it my thoughts out!


September is my Birthday month

Every year, for my birthday weekend, I ask for away time to attend Dragon Con that is held in Atlanta over the labor day weekend. 
Every year, I get a long weekend getaway trip.

This year was a trip to Clearwater Beach, Florida that had its comedy of errors in the beginning with an AirBnB reservation that was actually for a motel and not a home that Mr. FauxRunner assumed it to be when he booked it. Luckily, we were able to sort it out and moved into the Wyndham Grand nearby (yay for Hotwire’s “secret” hotel deals!). The highlight of our trip was going parasailing; for someone afraid of height especially when legs are off the ground, I absolutely loved it.

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September is the beginning of Fall and cooler temperatures

All lies!!!

There was maybe ONE day of temps in the low 70s instead of mid 70s at 6am with no change in humidity. Every single run has been soaking dripping wet and 5 of my long runs have ended in misery, not to mention the chaffing. 

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September is the beginning of Fall racing season

With the extra stress of work, sick kid and the miserable training cycle, I wanted a getaway where I’d be around people and went down to Augusta to cheer at the 70.3. Augusta 70.3 is one of my favorite races made more favorite by the amazing people who embraced me on my quest 3 years ago. I had not seen many of them for years and had kept in touch with some of them, but seeing familiar faces and places was a much needed day! Pity I didn’t take any photos – completely unlike me!

Cheering at Augusta 70.3
Cheering at Augusta 70.3

I planned to go out to Chattanooga Ironman to cheer the weekend after, but a sick kid and traveling husband bound me home even as I tracked about 31 people on the online tracker and streamed a great Men’s Pro race (no women pro racers at Chattanooga this year, just like there were no men pro at Wisconsin earlier).

These are some of the weekly linkups hosted by great bloggers. Check out some of the posts in the linkups.

Meatless Monday – Confessions of a Mother Runner and A Whisk and Two Wands
Tunes Tuesday (first Tuesday of the month) – KookyRunnerRun With No Regrets and RunSteffRun
Tuesdays on the Run –No Guilt LifeMCM Mama RunsMarcia’s Healthy Slice
Running Coaches Corner – Running on HappySuz LyfeCrazy Running Girl and Coach Debbie Runs
Friday Five 2.0 –Running on Happy and Fairytales and Fitness
Weekly Wrap up – HoHoRuns  and Taking the Long Way Home

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  • Darlene Cardillo

    Glad to have you back and Happy belated birthday.
    When I was injured, it was tough to blog. And even tougher to read about others running when you cannot.
    Hope you stay healthy and get back to running and racing.

  • Sandra Laflamme

    Happy Birthday! Mine is this week. Don’t know if it will be as much fun as parasailing though. How very fun!!! I know what you mean about being in a blogging rut. I am trying to get out of mine too!

  • The Accidental Marathoner

    Welcome back, and a belated happy birthday to you! Fall is my favorite time of year, with my birthday being in October! I was born on Halloween Day (as was my youngest son), so I am always off of work that day. We had a warm/humid summer but it is finally feeling crisp and cool out there!

    Sorry you are dealing with injury. Knock wood I’ve been lucky. I know how bad it must stink not to be able to run like you would like to.

  • Kimberly

    Welcome back to blogging! Happy belated birthday as well!
    I absolutely love Fall. how can you not like cooler temps, apples and all things pumpkin! 🙂

  • happy birthday! Glad to see you back in the blogging world. Looking forward to connecting with you

  • Jennifer Pug Pug

    Happy birthday and welcome back! So glad you were able to enjoy beautiful Clearwater Beach. It’s really lovely over there.

    It’s ok to take a break from time to time (or longer), just to get things reset and going again. I think it’s awesome that you did what you needed to do to come back better than ever! Can’t wait to see where your adventures take you next!

  • Glad to see you back! Although my sabbatical last year wasn’t necessarily injury-related, it did involve three solid months of no running (healing from surgery)…so I know how tough it is sitting out while others are taking action in their running shoes. That said, when I was allowed to return to running, I felt like I’d been set free…and I take nothing for granted these days. ALL runs are great and have something to be thankful for 😉

  • My blogging mojo comes and goes, but as soon as I think of quitting, I’m motivated again — i think it’s the stress of “having” to pose that wears on me. Anyway, so cool that you cheered on those IMs!

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