Ahhhhh, we are starting to slip deep into December (Christmas in only 20 days away!!). For those in the Health, Wellness & Fitness Industry the end & beginning of the year are very busy times. Add in the fact that I'm still new in my position (one that no one had before, so I'm blazing new trails myself) and I am working a lot. Perhaps, things will never slow down in my job & it always keeps me on my toes. That's a good thing. In my job I want to be impacting lives & helping my YMCA reach members of our community in living healthier lives.
Anyway, I wanted to give a recap of the month of November. It was another good month that inched me closer to my run 2,013 miles in 2013 goal. Here are some stats:
Miles ran: 204.43
YTD total: 1,824.48
"Rest" days taken: 3
Races: Wildcat 50k
Running Streak Continuation: 552 days & still going
Overall it was pretty awesome. I had a few days where I really struggled. I don't think I rested enough coming back from my 50k (and I don't I mentioned it in my race recap, but I had very little sleep going into that race (thanks to my long shopping day with my bestie) and then very little sleep right after (I spent the night in the hospital with my daughter) and it caused my legs to flare up & really give me some problems. I had to take some extra time to recoup my body. Even though I still ran on those days I made myself take a weekend to sleep A LOT, like 10-12 hours for more than one night. Each night I doped up with some good ibuprofen & my compression gear. After a few nights my body felt so much better. I just needed that extra rest.
Going into October I was pretty discouraged about meeting my Run This Year goal. I was lagging behind & was going to have to average 7 miles a day to be able to meet my goal. I'm not sure why, but I was pretty discouraged about that number & began to have serious doubts. Although it was just the motivation I needed because October was a pretty epic month in what I turned out mile wise. When I started November I had lowered the bar enough that I was only going to need 6.5 miles each day to meet my goal. It doesn't sound like a lot of a difference, but it all adds up really quick. Now at the beginning of December I'm down to only needing 6.09 miles every day to reach my 2013 goal. Since I started this crunch I got used to running 6-8 miles almost every day. And now, my rest days (2 miles only) and very rare and even running 4-5 miles seems like not enough. Anytime I add on more miles than 6 it's an extra bonus that gets me closer to my goal sooner than December 31. At the end of November I had 188.5 miles left to go. I'm so close I can taste it!!!!
Do you have any end of the year goals you are trying to meet?