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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!

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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!

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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?

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17 Comments on Tuesday Topics: November 2021 Review

  1. Oh wow, training through the winter for a 50k in March is going to be tough, but you can do it, Zenaida!
    You’ve done it before and you can do it again. The advantage of training in winter is that you don’t have to deal with all the heat and humidity.
    Looking forward to following your training!

  2. Great job with your runs this month. My goal is 84 miles each month so I reach 1000 miles. I’m close.

    A 50k is exciting. Can’t wait to follow your training and race. You can do it!!!

  3. I am often amused at how much people like run/walk once they actually try it. 🙂

    You did great, Zenaida! I’d love to have a mild Winter, too, and I’m not training for anything!

    Whether you meet your mileage goal or not, you should absolutely be proud of all you did.

    I wear the mask a lot when I see my mom, although not for hours at a time (although I did when she was in rehab & the hospital). It is absolutely not fun. 🙁

  4. I had a great November and I think it was because I did a couple challenges. But I don’t have anything planned for December and it’s already December 1st! I’ll have to think of something.
    I think all teachers are counting down the days till Winter Break! But i’m glad your year is going well. I agree wearing the masks is awful. We have relaxed rules at work now- we have to wear it in some places and not others. Now I can’t even imagine how I kept it on all day!
    Very exciting about your 50k! Good luck with the training- I’ll keep my fingers crossed for your mild winter.

    • The mask is awful but I do understand why we have to wear it. I do get a break from it when my students are not in the classroom, when I eat, and when we’re outside for recess.

  5. I wear a mask all day when I’m in the office. It’s not that terrible- better than covid, but I will admit it’s a relief to take it off.

    Good luck with the 50k training- hoping for a mild- no ice- winter as well!

  6. If this week is any indication of the winter we have ahead, I’ll have a much better attitude. BUT, I know that it’s very unlikely these 40-50 temps are here for much longer (but a gal can dream, LOL). Congrats on a great November!

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