November recap: I cooked the squash!

Let's take a look at November goals...

November Goals
Get back on the bike after Richmond.  This gets a check, I've been on it twice since Philly.
Take 2 on the squash vegetables.  I made butternut squash risotto and put it plus eggplant on a pizza!  Huge win.
Maaaaaybe stop drinking so much on weekends.  Maybe.  Definitely a check, 2 weeks of being sick knocked this one right out.  
Check out that photography class thing at some point.  Bah, giant fail.
Keep the speed workouts to 1x a week and most of the miles easy. That definitely happened - I did track Tuesdays only for speedwork this month and lots of easy miles.
Wear shorts as long as possible.  45º is not cold!  I wore shorts yesterday - but a few warm weeks definitely helped this one.

My plans for the month derailed when I got sick a week before the Richmond Half.  I decided to bail on it and instead race Philly the following weekend.  Even though I didn't hit the ridiculous goal I set for myself for the half, I left every ounce of myself out on the race course and am more than pleased with how my fall racing season wrapped up.  More importantly, I was there to cheer on the poet as he completed his first full, and I couldn't be more proud of him for sticking to his training plan and executing to the best of his ability on race day.  And I haven't yet said, "I told you so," as he's gotten pumped to do it all again in the spring.  

Pushing my half marathon back left me with very little recovery time before IM training started, but I nipped that pretty quickly and was able to tack on an extra week of rest.  Starting next Tuesday, I'm handing things over to my coach, but I'm hoping to ease back into training to keep the burnout bunnies away.  It's December, and we're coming up to my favorite holiday of the year by far.  I know going in that making time for everything is going to be a challenge, but I'm trying not to stress about it and take everything week by week.  It's so great to be able to look back a year and see that last November I spent the entire month walk-running 5Ks as I worked back from surgery, with my longest run of the month around 5 miles.  This November I ran almost twice the amount of miles I ran last November, and that included two races much longer than a 5K.  I've come a really long way in the past year and I'm definitely closing in on the longest amount of time in my life I've been able to consistently run without injury.  My running isn't perfect and it might always be a work-in-progress, but I'm not staring angrily out the car window, wishing I was the one snorting my way through the 30º weather just to get some miles in.  I'm the one out there, and I can't do anything but be thankful for that.

PRs set: 2
Rest days: many
Miles run in something other than shorts: 7
Hot pink science shoes purchased: 0
Adrenalines thrown in the trash (donated): 1
Time spent discussing and/or trying on running shoes: hundreds of hours
Cupcakes eaten in a single day: 5
Christmas ornaments eaten by a puppy: 1

December Goals
Make sure to keep getting enough sleep and good food as training ramps back up.
Don't be afraid to ask for rest if you need it, but don't be a lazy bum.
Get the bike fit straightened out.
Plan a mini-vacation for somewhere in the middle of IM training. You'll appreciate it when it shows up.
Spend more time in the pool than any other month in 2011 (14+ miles).


  1. Congrats on a great November! Love your December goals and REALLY love that you downed 5 cupcakes in one day. Hell yeah! :)

  2. Way to go on the squash! ;o) 5 cupcakes in one day? I clearly need to spend more time with you. ;o) I think I need to plan a mini-vacation even though I'm not training for anything at this point...

  3. I like the pool idea. I read in a magazine (probably triathlete magazine) that two weeks straight of swimming might be a good way of boosting swim fitness and improving technique - I've been thinking about trying to swim every day for two weeks. Don't know if it will happen in December, but I might give it a go. I am also impressed with your cupcake consumption abilities.

  4. I love your December goals!!! That vacation idea in the middle of IM sounds awesome. I was thinking the same thing for next summer!!!
    I'm competing in IM Madison 2012. It's my first Iron distance race!

    Btw, our dog eats christmas ornaments too…and christmas nuts. He'll do anything he can to get on the table and get his paws on the bowl of nuts.

  5. That's a good month! December is looking like fun too.

  6. 1. How long have you been waiting to write "I cooked the squash!" in your goals recap? :)

    2. I love the idea of taking a mini vacation in the middle of IM craziness. Going to the beach for a week basically saved my sanity, even though it was closer to the end of the cycle.

    3. I plan to put in a ton of pool time this month. Lots of Christmas suit sessions?

  7. Yay for a successful November! Here's to coming back from KW refreshed and ready to IM train. :)

  8. Squash GOURMET win. Seriously, on a pizza? You beat me to that. I want a slice next time!

    Ornatment-eating puppies and no pink science shoes?! Let's switch those statements for next month. ;)

  9. Mini vacation is maybe your best ideas ever.

  10. So glad that November was a great running month for you! I would love to crash some of your pool time since I am going to have a fun new Christmas suit very soon.

  11. Ohhhhhhhhh almost 25k in the pool this month, I like it

  12. I think you just want to get some use out of your awesome x-mas tree swim suit :)

    Also I love the vaca idea in the middle of training.

  13. Mini-vacas are great to have anytime! did the puppy enjoy the ornament? Hope he or she is okay!

  14. 25K in the pool? My shoulders just groaned. You're a rockstar!

  15. Love how you hold yourself accountable, girl.

  16. 5 cupcakes in a day sounds wonderful.

  17. Great November, especially when you factor in getting sick. Close out the year strong!

  18. I'm with you on the mini-vaca and time spent in the water in December. As a matter of fact I am going to email my coach about that this morning so I don't forget.

    Way to get after November....sounds like a very solid month for you. Now onto bigger and better.

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