Okay, so I can’t believe November is already ending. Yes, I have probably said this every month, but seriously, where is the time going?
November was a great month! I finally, finally got to race a half marathon and it went so well! I’m still working on my recap, but in sum, it wasn’t my fastest, but it wasn’t my slowest, and it didn’t hurt. I feel like I’m finally back.
However, in November, I also did my best to avoid going to the pool. I don’t mind swimming. It’s a good workout and I always feel great having done it. But I just don’t like going to the pool. Swimming is my only AM workout – all the rest happen after work, so I suspect it’s simply that I don’t want to drag myself out of bed and head out into the dark, cold morning. Summer swimming is nowhere near as bad.
Swim: 2.5 miles
Bike: 74 miles
Run: 77 miles
Yes. I went to the pool twice. Two times all month (and one time was today).
I’m actually blown away that my run miles topped my bike miles, but this was a very run focused month. So many long runs. But they were absolutely worth it. I even did a 13.1 mile training run, which is the longest training run I’ve done since I was marathon training years ago – usually I top out at 12. But I trusted my coach on this one and she was right. I probably didn’t need that extra 1.1 miles (actually the plan only required 13, but I was getting that last .1), but it absolutely gave me the confidence I needed going into my race. I knew that I could cover the distance without pain and not having that stress on race day was huge. It also gave me an idea of what my finishing time might be, which removed that stress. I know I’ve lost speed this year, and while I know it will come back, that doesn’t mean that I don’t feel a twinge of disappointment that I’m not immediately fast again (“fast” being a relative term – I am very much a party in the back kind of racer).
My next race isn’t until April, so I’m looking forward to a few months of rebuilding and getting into shape. I have big plans for 2019!
Swim: 54.6 miles
Bike: 1504 miles
Run: 286 miles