12.05.2013

November in Review

I didn't do this last year. I looked back. Nope, no November review and in all reality, I almost let it slip by me today as my mind is wrapped around the Honolulu Marathon. Same thing last year but one bonus this year, it seems I am not battling a bad cough...fingers crossed. I do have a swollen lymph node that is a bit tender, my head does feel a bit cold-ish, but I am hoping it is all related to the overpowering plumeria soap smell in my office at work. It is all good....I will be fine. Positive thinking can carry you a long way!

So how did my November go?

Amazingly awesome! I ran 158 miles this year, in comparison in 156 in 2012. That nice. I also went as far to look at my monthly mileage from Janaury-November this year and compare it all to 2012. I like where I am sitting and feel totally prepared for race day. There are still nagging unknowns trying to make me doubtful but honestly, there will always be unknowns. I can only control what I can control.


That brings me to my November long runs.

I had a 16 mile run, a 18 mile run (with 3 miles on the TM and 15 miles on the road), and a 20 mile run beforing beginning to taper down with a 10 mile run. My paces were stellar and beyond what I need to do to achieve my goal of breaking a 4:20 marathon but I am not letting myself get overly confident as I know I have a trend of my race day performances being slower. Go figure!

In addition, I hopped on the bandwagon again and joined Amanda at Run to the Finish in the Holiday Bootie Buster Challenge (HBBC) with the Clean Eating element. The HBBC part - I am doing swell but am trying to not feel too bad about my lack of points as taper progresses. I am confident I will start building them back up post-marathon. The clean eating part - I am doing good but feel I am behind the game on this. I am ensuring I get plenty of freggies and that makes my eats cleaner but in all reality, that is part of the HBBC part. I feel I need to re-focus my energies on the clean eating part and really determine where it is I want to go and how I plan to get there. I am just too wrapped up in taper and an amazing workload at work. But those excuses seem flimsy.

November was also busy with product reviews and I still have one more coming before that part of my blogging will probably taper off for a bit. I love the opportunities but I don't want to turn just into a product review blog. I have so many more stories to tell or random things to blog about, such as my ideas of what to do with  Thanksgiving Day leftovers or how happy I am that my daughter is learning to be a kindrunner. Okay, those last two posts launched in December but I was working on them in November.

How was your November?

Daily Gratitude: I am thankful for my health.
Daily Affirmation: My mind is strong and confident!

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