November 2021 in review!
Total mileage for the month: 256.2
- Nov. 1-7: 75.3
- Nov. 8-14: 18.4 (I took 5 days off without an injury, believe it or not!)
- Nov. 15-21: 66.3
- Nov. 22-28: 72.6
- Nov. 29-Dec. 5: projected at 76
- Nov. 7: Bass Pro Marathon in 2:54:26 for 2nd overall female and a new Missouri state marathon record for age 41. I was happy with this based on how I felt going into the race, though it was not really what I wanted.
- Nov. 2: 3 mile tempo (6:09, 6:17, 5:58) on rolling hills (3 warm up, 3 cool down). I tried to notch onto half marathon effort for this one, and was pleasantly surprised to go sub-6 for the final mile, especially because it felt so good. I felt terrible on my last little workout before Milwaukee so it was nice to not repeat that!
- Nov. 30: 6 miles alternating paces every 0.5 (14.8 miles total on the morning). I paced Abby's wave tempo for a rust-buster workout. My confidence was super low going into this; I was worried I wouldn't be able to do her workout with goal paces of 6:30/7:10. After getting her out too fast (i.e., I'm a crap pacer when I haven't worked out for a month), I was pleasantly surprised with how good those paces felt and I moved to the outside of the loop while she ran the tangents, so I could run a little faster but still help her. About halfway through I decided that I wanted to feel out my own wave tempo paces for the final 2 miles, and since David was running with Abby I felt okay about going ahead at the end. My paces each half-ish mile (I took manual splits so most were not exactly 0.50) were 6:11, 6:58, 6:29, 6:59, 6:31, 7:00, 6:34, 7:03, 5:50, 6:34, 5:53, 6:25, giving me 6.25 miles at 6:31 pace for the whole thing. Since I wasn't even sure I could run 6:30 pace for a half mile before this workout, I was really happy with how it turned out, particularly the sub-6 pushes at the end. This was a great illustration of happiness being reality minus expectations, because this is probably one of my slower workouts of the past several years, but I was absolutely thrilled with it because I expected 6:30 pace to feel like a sprint and it felt like marathon pace.
- Strides: Nov. 1, 5, 6, 15, 18, 22, 25, 29.
- Doubles: Nov. 1, 2, 13, 18.
- Nov. 7: The Marathon, and 27.7 miles total.
- Nov. 21: 13 miles (7:41), followed by Rebecca's birthday celebration in the parking lot!
- Nov. 28: 16.1 easy (7:51), helping Abby to 21 miles as part of her Houston Marathon training.
- I set a new PR for the most days I've ever taken off running when not injured or super sick, at 5 days after Bass Pro. The only one I actually wanted to take off was day 1, but I haven't taken any real breaks in 2021, and with running a 50k and 3 marathons (plus 6 other long races), I knew at some point I needed to fully recover before I can rebuild stronger. Now that I'm on the other side I can say it was a good idea, but I wasn't in the best mood for those 5 days!
- I saw Des Linden at Missouri S&T in Rolla with my running group! We did a fun run (the reason for my Nov. 13 double), participated in a VIP meet-and-greet (thanks to Casey knowing the XC coach), and listed to an inspirational speech.
- 50k training started November 29, 16 weeks out!
|Des Linden run|
Rebecca's birthday parking lot party post-run
I saved this years ago & it is still true - also applies
to the 50k, I know I have a faster one in me in March 🙂
- We spent Thanksgiving with my parents and Jon's parents, and cut our Christmas tree on the Ibbetson farm the following day.
- Albani made a pie from scratch while I was at work the day before Thanksgiving! She did not get this skill from me.
- Genius the Game by Leopoldo Gout
- The Four Winds by Kristin Hannah
- The Light of Luna Park by Addison Armstrong
- Golden Girl by Elin Hilderbrand
- The End of Something Like That by Ann Dee Ellis
- The Country Girls by Edna O'Brien
- Beautiful World, Where Are You? by Sally Rooney
- Musical Chairs by Amy Poeppel
- Send for Me by Lauran Fox
- The Woman in the Purple Skirt by Natsuko Imamura
Themes for the month:
- The heights of our joy are measured by the depths of our gratitude.
- Be thankful for what you have and you end up having more.