For some strange reason I feel like I didn’t make any October goals. It’s entirely possible: October did make me a little crazy.
But let’s look at what I did accomplish in the past month.
I ran 75 miles, following my training plan pretty much to letter. This also puts me at 604.3 miles for the year, which isn’t bad, considering my injury.
Cross training was not nearly as on point. Due to some scheduling conflicts, I wasn’t able to get to spin and body circuit as consistently as I would have liked. I’m not really thrilled with how that went down, but life happens.
Finally, I ran a 10 mile race (recap to come). It was hot and humid and muggy and a bunch of other negative things, but I stuck it out, even though I really wanted to not show up in the morning. I don’t usually get that way, so I’m proud of myself for rallying.
What do I want for November?
1. Give myself a break.
I have come to the conclusion that this is not the Year of the PR. In fact, I may be past my PR days. And that’s ok. I mean, it hurts and I am never going to stop trying, but my body is really resisting getting faster. I had to take some time to think about what running means to me and why I do it. While I would love to see some positive gains in terms of speed, I am out there for the fitness and activity, the community and the challenge. It’s time for me to remember to focus on those things and ease off on myself a bit.
November is a month of celebration for us. On Friday, Mr. PugRunner and I will celebrate our 10th anniversary. This weekend also marks our ninth year in our home. There have been some crazy ups and downs, as well as some huge changes, in the last decade, but every year sees us stronger and closer. I am excited to see what’s to come in the next ten years and beyond.
3. Enjoy Savannah.
I am so excited for Rock ‘n’ Roll Savannah Half Marathon weekend.
I have loved being part of the Rock ‘n’ Blog Team, and meeting so many of the We Run Social crew.
I am looking forward to completing 13.1 miles in this beautiful city, AND to seeing these ladies again.
I’m ready. I’ve got this. Rock ‘n’ Roll always puts on a great event, and I’m going to have a blast earning bling for three different races (a half marathon, 5K and one mile), and then a Remix Medal and a Heavy Medal. That’s a lot of hardware for one weekend and I can’t wait to show it off.
4. Get my head on straight for Space Coast.
My good friend, Race Anxiety, is worming its way into my head. No matter how hard I work and how hard I train, I keep trying to talk myself out of having a solid race. I have put in the work in order to have that strong race, and that’s all that matters. I just have to shut down the voices in my head and do what I have been training my body to do. End of story.
5. Keep hydrating and watching that sugar!
I confess, my water intake decreased a wee bit this past month, and I’ve definitely picked at the Halloween candy. But these are wellness and nutrition items I can’t ignore, and so it’s time to crack down a little harder. One day at a time, right?
What are your goals for November?
What’s up next for you this month?
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*As a Rock ‘n’ Blogger, my entry to the Rock ‘n’ Roll Savannah Half Marathon and Global Tour Pass were complimentary. All opinions are my own.