I can’t believe it’s already the end of November and there is only one more month left in 2017. It was an interesting year, but I’m happy to be finishing it off on a high note. Once again, this month went by quickly and I’m not even sure exactly what happened. My sister got married, Rob and I celebrated our 5 year anniversary, and I ran a 5k on Thanksgiving. Other than that, the month is kind of a blur!
After a really strong October where I made a lot of progress, I feel like I kind of plateaued this month. I don’t think that’s a bad thing though. I increased everything by so much over a short period of time, so now it’s good to just settle in and let my body get used to it all.
My mileage for this month came in around 88 or so. I’m pretty sure it’s my highest mileage this year. I started adding in a 4th day or running a few times this month. While it went well, there are definitely some weeks where I have preferred to stick to 3 days a week. I feel more recovered and it gives me plenty of time to do other workouts.
I did a long run workout this month, and also ran a 5k. It was interesting to see how much better I do with the longer workouts versus a short race. There is definitely work to be done if I want to get back to being close to breaking my PR!
Drew is working on my next plan, and he suggested doing workouts with heavier weights this winter. That makes sense to me, especially since I won’t be racing much this winter and would prefer to get stronger now when the weather isn’t as nice.
Other than following my strength training plan two days a week, I have also tried to make it a habit to work on mobility often and also add in some other stabilization exercises. Dead bugs and bridges are simple and only take a few minutes, but can be so effective if done correctly.
Well, I went to the gym ZERO times in November. My membership renews on the 15th of each month, so I am going to decide before then if I should freeze it in December. I’m leaning towards yes, but I’ll also try to see how the forecast is looking at that point.
I’ve been sticking to the spin bike for cross training. I actually think that’s good because it’s kind of different from running. When I wasn’t running, it was good to be doing the elliptical and pool running because it got my body used to those movements to prepare me for running again. Now I think it’s good to work some different muscles and move my body in a different way. Swimming would probably be even more ideal, but I just can’t bring myself to do that lately.
For the past 6 weeks or so I have loved being back to doing long runs every weekend. Every time I went out I truly enjoyed being out there. This past weekend was the first time I felt sort of “blah” about a long run. There were a few factors that could have been involved (wine the night before, not eating enough in the morning, running the same loop in my neighborhood over and over…) I just don’t want to get to a place where I am forcing myself to do long runs when I’m not training for anything. Long runs leave me feeling so refreshed but I also don’t want it to be struggle the whole time I am out there.
I guess I will see if last weekend was just a fluke and how I feel next weekend. There is nothing wrong with skipping a long run or even not running at all on the weekend, but at this point I feel like it’s such a routine. I guess my point is that I tend to overdo it unnecessarily when I am not training for anything or following a plan. I don’t really want a plan at all because I feel like that forces me to run certain days/distances. I’m hoping that I can really focus on strength and maintaining a solid base this winter so I can maybe train for something in the spring.
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How did you do with your workouts or goals in November?
Do you run long runs even when you’re not training?
Do you have anything you will be focusing on over the winter months?