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The last day of November is here. Only 1 month to go till the end of the year. November was all about building a base and being consistent on my runs for my 50k training. I was told that the tentative date for m 50k is Saturday, March 22, 2022. Less than 4 months to go. I can do this!
Mileage: Total for this month is 107.16 miles. It is my 3rd highest month this year after June (118.12) and May (111.79 miles).
Current Challenge: None. Anyone has a good one for me to do?
Current Shoes: I have 5 pairs in my rotation but have been running mostly in the Ghost 12. I have over 150 miles in them and will replace them with another pair once I get 300 miles in them. How often do you replace your running shoes?
2021 Running Goal: My goal this year is to run 1,000 miles (I changed it from 1,200). I am 85% done with 856.52 miles. I need 146 miles. Ugh, don’t think I will make it. However, I will be close to it. Regardless of how many miles I end up with, I will still be proud and happy about it. This year I ran through the coldest days along with a month where we had snow pretty much every single day. Also, I ran every single day from January 1 through August 30.
What am I looking forward to next month? Winter Break. I can honestly say that this past week I’ve been feeling a bit better about work. Still stressed but not as much. My students make me smile. They make me laugh. There are days when I want to hug all of them. I have days when I get sad and angry because I dislike the mask so much and it makes teaching difficult for me. I know the students struggle with it as well. But this teacher still needs a break. Two weeks and two days is my Winter Break. I cannot wait!
How is my training going so far? It is going well. I’ve been doing mostly easy runs and running 5 days a week. Last week I ran 6 days and will be doing that again this week. I am not sure if I will keep it up till race day. For the past couple of weeks I’ve been using the run/walk method. I didn’t think I would like it but I do. I began with running for 2 minutes and walking for 30 seconds. Then I did 2:30/:30. This week I am doing 3:00/:30 and am liking it a lot. Pace doesn’t really matter and I am OK with it.
I am nervous about the longer miles in the cold and in the snow. The last time I trained for a long race during the Winter was in 2017/2018 for the Illinois Marathon (which I ended up doing instead the half marathon). I plan to read again my posts to get motivated. I did all of my runs, except 2 or 3 of them, outside in the cold and the snow. Still, I am crossing my fingers we have a mild Winter.
How did November go for you?