October Goals and Highlights

October really snuck up on me this year. I still feel like it's August (I can't seem to get the date right when someone asks me) and it's hard to believe that it's almost the holiday season! I'm really excited to see what fall in the south is going to be like, and if the past few weeks have been any indication it's going to be awesome. Bring on the hay rides and apple cider!

September was such a great month and it's hard to pick a highlight, but I probably have to pick our trip to Asheville. It was such a rejuvenating trip- with a perfect mix of outdoor activities, sight-seeing and relaxation. We really lucked out on weather and everything was just perfection. I love having mountains and beaches so close by- it's one of the top reasons we picked our location- so it was great to actually take advantage of it!  You can read the recaps of my trip here, here, and here.

Let's get into my annual and monthly goals....

2021 Combined Miles

January -  44 running miles and 218 bike miles for a total of 262 miles
February - 32 running miles and 206 bike miles for a total of 238 miles. 
March - 36 running miles and 113 bike miles for a total of 149 miles.
April - 31 running miles and 118 bike miles for a total of 149 miles.
May - 26 running miles and 97 bike miles for a total of 123 miles.
June - 33 running miles and 59 bike miles for a total of 92 miles.
July - 50 running miles and 85 bike miles for a total of 135 miles.
August - 50 running miles and 141 bike miles for a total of 191 miles.
September - 54 running miles and 79 bike miles for a total of 133 miles.

So far, I've done a total of 1,472 miles, and have 549 to go. Three more months left in the year which would be an average of 183 miles per month...Let's go!!

Bike Outdoors Twice a Week

I half did this...I biked outside at least once a week, and for the first two weeks I did get out twice. I'll give myself a passing grade on this since I got out more often but would still like to improve that a bit. I also explored some new trails and greenways that I've been wanting to visit which was good!

Kayak in Two New Lakes

Done! I visited Falls Lake and Jordan Lake. It was great being out on the water and both of these lakes were gorgeous (and HUGE!) I'm still trying to figure out which is my favorite, but it's a good problem to have so many great options around me.

Register for A Race (and start training)

I'll give myself another half credit for this. I ran a race this month and have been discussing races with friends- it sounds like we might do a group trip for a race in the winter so I'm just waiting for that decision to be made before I register for anything. I did start to increase my mileage though- I moved my weekly goal from 10 miles per week to 15, and in a week or two I'll move that up to 20. I'm also adding in longer runs on the weekends so I think I'm in a good position to start training again!

And now here are my goals for October!

Go On (at least) One Long Hike

I love hiking, and fall is the best season to go. I tend to go on shorter hikes so my goal for this month is to make it a priority to go on something longer, which I'm counting as over 5 miles. I usually only do that on vacations so it would be nice to do that in my own city!

Close Rings Everyday

I got an Apple Watch a while ago, and so far I haven't had a full month where I closed all three rings every day of the month. I'm going to make that a goal this month just to say that I've done it! For context, my goals are - 500 calorie "Move" goal, 30 minute "Exercise" goal, 12 hour "Stand" goal.

Test Out New Cookbook Every Week

I finally joined the library by my apartment, and they have an amazing cookbook aisle! I've been kind of uninspired with my cooking lately, so I think this is just the thing to get me back on track. I already tried out two in the last week, so my goal in October is to do this every single week.

Visit the State Farmers Market

To go along with the previous goal..I want to finally visit cross this item off my "North Carolina bucket list" which I made before moving here! There's an amazing farmers market that's open daily and everyone raves about. I think it would be so fun to stop by, pick up some delicious seasonal ingredients, and see what recipes sound good with those items. I already go to regular farmers markets at least monthly, so I think this would kick that up just another notch.


  1. Diane took me to that great farmer’s market and we had lunch there. Such fun. I can’t wait to come down again and visit with you this time. It is a great area.

    1. That sounds like fun! Maybe I should stop by the restaurant there too :)

  2. Dang, you're doing great on the miles. First I thought that were just your running miles and I was like "woah, girl!"... but then I saw it's also cycling and it made me feel a bit better LOL

  3. I've done the "Close the Rings" everyday a few times. It's a fun exercise, but I'm always glad when the month is over. A few times I've forgotten and end up running at the end of my bed at 10:30 at night to make sure everything gets closed!

    Kudos on all the miles. I've dropped running completely and it's making me sad. Thinking of doing a 3x/week plan. I don't need to start from Couch to 5K, but maybe do a 3K to 8K plan of my own?

    1. That's definitely true! Luckily this month I've been trying to pay attention to the numbers early enough that I've hit them with plenty of time to spare, but that's definitely happened in the past where I try to decide if it's worth it to do 100 jumping jacks before sleeping just to close out my move ring!

      I think that's a great idea for running! My husband is also getting back into it after doing couch to 5k in the past and he's been able to just jump back in with running a few times a week and a few miles at a time. Good luck!


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