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Not-Sure-What-I'm-Doing November


SIbbetson

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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
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Put this in the bad race pics file!
I also can't look at it without laughing.
This was our marathon day.
 
Workouts:
  • 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.
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#noideawhatwearedoingnovember
 
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I love my ElliptiGO but running
will always be my top love
 
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We run-stalked Rebecca on her birthday morning
Long Runs:
  • 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.
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14!
 
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Wet long run
Running Highlights:
  • 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.
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Missy placed 3rd OA female at Bass
Pro, but as her bib shows she is really #1
 
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Several of my training buddies after Bass Pro
 
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bRUNch
 
Life Highlights:
  • 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!).
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I took a lot of pictures of my cats this month
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The ketchup bottle contains homemade BBQ sauce, &
the largest dish is spaghetti squash...not sure what these
things say about us!
 
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Pumpkin bread, pumpkin pie, & blackberry
cobbler all made with produce we grew
 
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Forced selfie
 
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Albani has outgrown family photos
 
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Guess this will have to do for our 2020
Christmas cards, hah!
 
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More forced photos
 
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Nugget loves his grandma
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Matching pjs!
 
Books:
  • 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
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That is a prodigious number of books for the month on top of everything else.  Also, zero matches to my current reading. 🙂

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On 12/28/2020 at 6:58 AM, Dave said:

Exactly ZERO book matches for November.

Best wishes for all of us in 2021.

A lot of them were pretty girly. 😉

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16 hours ago, whirlingwirz said:

That is a prodigious number of books for the month on top of everything else.  Also, zero matches to my current reading. 🙂

I do nothing besides work, family, run, and read.  😉

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COVID tests aren't fun. I had one before each shot when I did the vaccine trial. They weren't the full depth brain poking ones though - still went deep enough to be highly unpleasant. 

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