It’s October! We are running the TMC Get Moving Tucson Half Marathon in about 4 Weeks! We chose this run because we just bought a second home in Tucson and thought it made sense to run in our new community, and it would be a new challenge to run in the desert environment. It does make sense, but we really underestimated how much of a challenge it would be to run in the heat, at elevation (Tucson in 2200 ft) and the hills! Oh my, the hills! But I am getting ahead of myself, let’s take the month in order!
This was the plan for September.
|Run 5||Run 4||Run 9|
|Run 5||Run 4||Run 9||10k fun run|
The first part of September went as scheduled, we ran our 8, 5, 4 and 9 miles here in Washington and they went quite well.
The weather was mild and the temperatures were perfect in Seattle.
After this 9 mile run we flew to Tucson to start setting up the house and train in the new environment. What a culture shock! 98F, hills, less oxygen at elevation and this:
Running was hard. We had to start right at sunrise to avoid the high temps, which was gorgeous, and still 70F!
We signed up for a local 10K to get a feel for what it would be like to run a race in Tucson. Bottom line: It was tough! 80F at the 7am start, and 400 feet of elevation gain! I was happy just to survive! Here is my Instagram post that day.
I ran another 6 and 5 miles and my hubby did what he could, as he was working remotely during the whole trip in Tucson, and then we flew back to Washington for the 10 mile runs on 9/23 and 9/30. This gave me a total of 89.33 miles for the month.
Now we are heading into the home stretch and our schedule for October.
|Run 4||Run 5||Run 11|
|Run 5||Run 4||Run 12|
|Run 4-5||Run 4-5||Carb load||13.1|
The tricky part here will be running while we are in Kauai from 10/6 to 10/11. We are not sure how many times or how far we will be able to run while away, but we will try to be ready for the half marathon on the 29th. Again, the goal will be to survive! No PR or crazy goals with this one!