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And here we are, in December. November was quite the month: with two half marathons and over 100 miles, it was probably my most productive 30 days of running to date.
Sunday – Space Coast Half Marathon, 13.1 miles running
The day had finally arrived: the fifth anniversary of my first-ever half marathon. Oh.Em. Gee.
While there was no PR this time, I felt good about the race I ran. More to come on that.
I was also thrilled to have Mr PugRunner and little man at the finish line cheering for me. It meant the world to me, and I was so excited to see them there as I wrapped up 13.1 miles.
After a shower, we drove home, polished off some Thanksgiving leftovers, and then I parked it in front of some football while the boys and some of their Scout friends worked on their Space Derby rockets.
Not going to lie – I was so very happy to get to bed that night. I was done.
Monday – rest
Obviously, there’s very little time for sleeping in when you’ve got a child in school, so I was up to get lunch packed and breakfast ready and all that jazz. Of course, I also had to get to work.
The day unfolded just like a regular Monday – including karate. Nothing too exciting.
Tuesday – 6 miles, running
I was pretty sore on Tuesday morning. The gently rolling hills of Space Coast left me hurting and I begged my running group to take it easy on me. They were extremely considerate and sweet and let me set the pace.
Wednesday – rest
I was really lucky to be done with work for the week and I was looking forward to some rest and relaxation. Mr PugRunner took over karate duty for the night and I was able to chill out and get to bed early. Yay!
Thursday – 6.25 miles, running
My legs were feeling much better on Thursday, and so our group run was much happier. I had a blast.
After I got little man off to school, I worked on some holiday decorations, and organizing things for the weekend.
In the evening, we had our Cub Scout Pack’s first Space Derby. It was a bit crazy, but our den was amazing. Little man didn’t place this time, but we learned a lot about how to make the rockets better and faster, and can apply that knowledge next year.
Friday – rest
Technically this was a rest day, but not really.
I was up and out to take little man to school early, so I could decorate his classroom’s door in advance of our upcoming holiday event. Our teacher wanted something with reindeer and I was inspired by some Pinterest ideas.
Then it was off to a couple of craft stores for trim for team race shirts, Target for birthday gifts, and a gym to pick up Gingerbread Man Dash packets for two of my three running friends.
I snagged a quick lunch, and headed back to school to add some final details to the door and help get the book fair set up.
By the time I got home, I wasn’t feeling great, and was more than happy to let the boys head off to the Flagler Saints Women’s Volleyball tournament while I stayed home with holiday movies and sewing tank tops for Saturday’s 10K. I took advantage of the quiet time to rest as much as I could.
Saturday – Gingerbread Man Dash 10K, 6.2 miles running
I was feeling much better in the morning, thank goodness, and was ready to run. We all did some shuffling around (showing up, distributing shirts and packets, dropping off kids, coordinating meet up locations), and then the four of us headed over to the start line of the 10K. We were supposed to run at 8:00, while the kids’ fun run was slated for 9:15.
It was a really hot, long run, but we got it done and in plenty of time to watch our little ones race! Yay!
When we finished, we parted ways, promising to sign up for something else as a group, soon! It was a crazy day aside from that: little man had a birthday party, and then I was meeting some girlfriends for drinks and a quick dinner, and finally, we were invited to a Hurricanes party at our new dogsitter’s house.
Believe me when I say I collapsed into bed that night. Whew, was I exhausted!
I plan to just run the year out, as I’ve been doing. I don’t know if I will get in any more races in December, but I am shooting for a New Year’s Eve run, just because I’ve never done one before. I’ve already got a pretty packed race schedule going into 2018, but I wouldn’t have it any other way.
How was your week in training?
Any fun holiday races on your schedule this month?