Every August the heat gets to me. I stop running for most of August. It happened again.

I ended with about 45 miles for the month. It’s low compared to July (almost 70) and June (85). I really wanted to get about 75 in August, but just couldn’t do it. I got out for one trail run. I did my Vertigo virtual race on a trail. It felt great to be back, but I had forgotten how hard trails can be! And I got very warm and walked most of the last half. Then I did the Sinister virtual race the day before my 40th birthday. I am now a master runner. LOL

I finished my 12 week weight lifting program. As always, it took me over 12 weeks, even though it’s only 3 days a week. But I did it and that’s what counts, right? I took a week off in the middle for our vacation in July. And for a few weeks I just didn’t have the energy to do it. When I lifted, I tried hard to increase my weights. It’s still a process of increase weights for the first set and have to drop down for the second set for my upper body.

I also bought a spin bike at the end of July. So I’ve been trying to get on twice a week for at least 30 minutes. I keep trying to adjust the seat, but I think I need those padded shorts. My butt just can’t get used to it. The seat isn’t very comfortable. I need to look at either a different seat or some sort of padding. Other than that, I love it. It’s a pleasant change and a great compliment to running. I rode 50 miles in August! Since it’s a basic bike, I can’t sync it to my watch. I tried some sensors, but they didn’t work. So I have to enter the cheap computer info manually to my watch and then Strava.

My weight has been going up then down every week. It’s like a damn rollercoaster.

It seems no matter what I do; I gain, then lose, repeat. Even if everything is the same. I am abut to give up on trying to lose weight. I guess I can just be overweight for life. There are worse things I could be. I figure I’ll just eat what I feel like and then workout how I want. I’ve tried everything else. It feels like ever since I went gluten-free and gained a lot of weight quickly, I just can’t lose it.

So for September I’m going to do my runs to work on my challenges and commitments and not worry about a mileage goal. I’m going to give myself a few days off from lifting and then start my 12-week program again. I’m going to keep hopping on the bike twice a week. I want to get back into yoga and cardio kickboxing type workouts too.

I think I am finally willing (able?) to let go of running a marathon or ultra. I just don’t think I’m cut out for those distances.

How was your August? What are your plans and/or goals for September? Drop them in the comments! And then head over to Instagram and give me a follow for (almost) daily updates.


Jenna Volden has a degree in business and has spent the last 10 plus years working for others. She believes it is time to start her own photography and writing business. She enjoys running, coffee and helping others achieve their goals. Gluten-free foods are a lifestyle, not a choice, for her due to celiac disease. She is currently based in Phoenix, Arizona.