November was a huge running mileage month for me, which makes sense since we hit the big miles in our long runs. Still, I did a double-take when I added up the miles, and I had to do it again to be sure I was right, because DANG. I've never run this many miles in one month. I'm proud and impressed with myself, quite honestly! This is a personal record for number of miles run in a month that will probably stand for quite a while with me, so I feel the need to shout it from the rooftops...or at least, shout it out to Blogland. Bonus is that I'm still standing and feeling good! Score one for having a healthy training season...I think I was due.
Last week ended up being a little crazy in terms of running, but it was a lot of fun, and a great reminder of why I do this. I started out on Monday with a 35 minute run - Jeff's foot was hurting, so he opted to rest, but Julia and I had a surprisingly good run, considering we were coming off of that 12 miler just two days before. As it turned out, 35 minutes (2.5 miles) was not long enough for us to finish talking, so we ended up walking for another mile.
Then on Wednesday, Julia and I tag-teamed a run with Cary - she was going out of town for Thanksgiving and wanted to get her 8 mile run in before she left, but of course, wasn't looking forward to doing it by herself. So, I started out the run with her, and when we reached a pre-designated spot, Julia was there to continue while I walked back to my car. I ran 4.5 miles, which was a lot for me on a weekday, but I felt great - plus I was really happy to have helped Cary, especially after all she did for me during that 12 miler.
The following day was the Turkey Trot 5K - I wondered how I'd do, considering the 4.5 miles the day before. Well, you know the answer to that! My calves were a little tender the day after that race, but I figured that was more from the hilly course than anything else.
Then came Saturday and our 8 mile run. I went into it with 10 miles on my legs, and the weather was about 15 degrees warmer than it had been for my runs earlier in the week; while 55 degrees is nice, I know that I do pretty good with temps in the low 40s/high 30s. I set out to just get the run in; no pushing it - now is NOT the time to tempt fate and do anything that might result in an injury. I thought I'd be alone, but Julia surprised me by running with me - hurray! We had a great run...my best 8 miles ever this season! I felt so good the entire time, and the 8 miles literally flew by. Love it when a run goes like that! It was so nice to have a good long run, especially this close to the half marathon.
I'm on the downhill slide to the race and my running feels great. I can't ask for more!
Sad news - our friend Biz lost her husband yesterday. Here's a link to her blog...I know she would appreciate a kind note of support. Most of us here in Blogland only know each other in the virtual sense, but we are a close-knit group, and hurt for her as she deals with this unexpected blow.