Oh hey September, welcome back! It’s nice to see you again, you’re one of my favorites. You come bearing the start of a new school year, chilly mornings, colorful leaves, perfect running temps, and of course fall!
But you wouldn’t think it given the weather we’ve been having. It’s as if summer came back in full force for one last rendezvous until next year. I always complain about my distaste for the heat, but the truth is that this year I’ve kind of been loving these sweltering summer days. The brutal winter must’ve really done me in because just the thought of snow sends shivers down my spine. I’m not ready to be freezing cold again, I’m concerned that I sincerely won’t be able to handle it. I’ve been thinking a lot about this lately, how I don’t think I’ll be able to live in a cold climate for much longer. Thankfully, New York has milder winters than the ruthless Midwest, but what if I’ll soon reach my breaking point? I guess then down south or out west I go!
Anyway, moving on to happier thoughts…September goals! Ok so I don’t really have clearcut goals for this month, but there are certainly a few areas of focus that deserve my attention.
• School – After the summer semester, I think I finally got back into the groove of being a full-time student. But this upcoming school year brings about a whole new level of challenges, also known as my orgo / bio year! That’s right, it’s time I conquer organic chemistry and biology, the latter just so happens to be notoriously difficult at Columbia (oh joy). School starts on September 8th, and I hope to hit the ground running. No procrastination allowed!
• Running – I have two races on the agenda this month, the 5th Avenue Mile on Sept. 13th (I finally get to run this!) and the Bronx 10 Mile on Sept. 27th. While I’m ready to run distance-wise, my speed is…crap. I’ve been blissfully ignoring my pace since starting to run again post-injury, but I hope to change this starting now! I’ve said this before, but this time I swear I’m actually gonna try to add interval training and hill workouts into my weekly schedule. I also want to finally add in a fourth running day and start getting accustomed to the higher weekly mileage. Let’s do this!
• Health – I’m naturally a healthy eater and lover of all things wholesome and unprocessed, but I do have quite a raging sweet tooth. Desserts are good for the soul but not so great for someone trying to tone up and speed up (running-wise). I’ve recently been inspired to experiment in the kitchen as well, encouraging myself to ease out of food ruts and attempt to expand my culinary horizons. My kitchen pantry is brimming with foods just waiting to be used up in fun and unique ways! I’m hoping to do some healing from the inside out, specifically because I’ve really been struggling with my skin lately. Who knew that adult acne was such a pain in the a$$?
• Euro-trip Planning – I haven’t even started figuring everything out for my upcoming trip to India & Europe in December/January. It seems far away but the reality is that, with school and volunteering and everything else happening in life, the months will fly! I need to start booking accommodations, shopping for India-appropriate clothing (dear god someone help me and tell me what to buy), and determining must-sees in each city! Yikes…
So, September, I’m physically and mentally ready for you. When September ends, I hope I’ll feel as accomplished as ever!
What are your September goals, if any?