I was working on my December post and realized that I never posted November here. And I can't let Loopville die!
November 2020 in review
Total mileage for the month: 144.5
- Nov. 2-8: 7.1
- Nov. 9-15: 27
- Nov. 16-22: 42.8
- Nov. 23-29: 58.5
Put this in the bad race pics file!
I also can't look at it without laughing.
This was our marathon day.
- Nov. 21: 5k pick up within a 10.2 mile run.
- Nov. 28: 6 x 0.1 pick ups within the second half of my long run (pick up paces of 6:08, 5:56, 5:52, 5:57, 5:48, 6:03). I like little workouts like this a lot during base building because I always feel better during/after the pick ups than I did in the first half of the run! They really perk up my legs.
- Strides: Nov. 25, 30.
- Elliptigoing: I learned that the "real" ElliptigGO riders call this GOing. I did mileage of 130.8, 10.4, 25, 23.6 - clearly there is an inverse relationship with my running mileage, and my training volume was also affected by illness Nov. 12-17. Workout-wise I did 10 x 0.5ish hill reps on the ElliptiGO on Nov. 5, and on Nov. 7 I did some pushes within my long ride.
- Strength Training: weekly totals of 2:00, 2:40, 3:02, 3:13 - this is not counting the extensive amounts of time I spent standing on one leg to work on my balance and proprioception!
- Yoga: I cut out yoga after learning that while it may make my hip feel better in the short term, it may be making it worse in the long term! I did a little stretching after nearly all runs but nothing crazy and avoided the couch stretch, pigeon, and similar positions that may make my hip too mobile. I am learning that I need to pick strength over stretching always.
I love my ElliptiGO but running
will always be my top love
- Nov. 7 - 35 miles on the ElliptiGO, which was an ElliptiGO distance PR and probably like running about half that distance. The weather was beautiful and I just went out thinking I'd ride whatever I felt like, and I felt really good until about 31 then I headed home.
- Nov. 21 - 10.2 miles with a 5k pick up at 6:43, 7:07 (uphill), 6:41. This was a nice little intro to running faster than 7:30-8:30 pace like my other runs were, but nothing crazy.
- Nov. 28 - 14 miles with 0.1 pick-ups each mile of the second half, described in workouts. I ran with Casey, Abby, Missy, Rebecca, and Claudio, and we ran a route we'd never done before, going through MSU, Drury, and OTC campuses, which was fun.
- Just running is a highlight. I want to train hard, I want to run high mileage, I want to run killer workouts, I want to be competitive, and I want to PR-chase - but more than any of that I want to run every day (6 days a week would be acceptable and is what I'm trying for as long as I can restrain myself).
- My running group had nice outdoor brunch after our November 21 run.
Missy placed 3rd OA female at Bass
Pro, but as her bib shows she is really #1
Several of my training buddies after Bass Pro
- COVID testing is not a highlight, but it sure is memorable. I was 99% sure I had bronchitis, which is about all I ever get (although I get it every year, since about age 6), but the doctor wanted to be safe and test me due to my occupation. I had bronchitis. It was nice to have a confirmed negative though! I had an asymptomatic test at work a few months ago so I knew what I was in for and it was much worse the second time because I knew what I was in for. I may only be saying this because I'm not in top race shape, but I'd rather not race than do that 3 COVID tests in the week before a race thing!
- Thanksgiving was a much smaller affair than usual, but we hosted my parents at our house. I made several traditional sides and Jon smoked ribs and brisket in place of turkey (his idea, but I was all about it because I didn't want to cook a turkey, although my mom ended up bringing one anyway!).
The ketchup bottle contains homemade BBQ sauce, &
the largest dish is spaghetti squash...not sure what these
things say about us!
Pumpkin bread, pumpkin pie, & blackberry
cobbler all made with produce we grew
|Albani has outgrown family photos|
Guess this will have to do for our 2020
Christmas cards, hah!
|More forced photos|
|Nugget loves his grandma|
- Monogamy by Sue Miller
- Still Me by Jojo Moyes
- Listen to the Marriage by John Jay Osborn Jr.
- When Sparrows Fall by Meg Moseley
- Just Mercy: A True Story of the Fight for Justice by Bryan Stevenson
- Lou in Lockdown by Jojo Moyes
- Before the Ever After by Jacqueline Woodson
- Thirteen Doorways, Wolves Behind Them All by Laura Ruby
- 28 Summers by Elin Hilderbrand
- The Rosie Result by Graeme Simsion
- The Book of Two Ways by Jodi Piccoult
- The Girl With No Past by Kathryn Croft
- No Happy Endings by Nora McInerny Purmort (I almost waited until December to finish this one just so I could conclude the final month of the year with it, since that seemed fitting)
Theme for the month:
One day at a time. Overall I'd say I began the month catastrophizing in regards to my hip and ended it stable.
Quote that I agree with: "And the worst thing about being young is not being able to appreciate that you're young because you aren't old enough to know better." - 28 Summers