December 2, 2011

Workouts: November

For November, my goals were simple: run more and bike less. And I can say with confidence that I succeeded at both.

I logged 41.1 miles of running in November - much more than the 24.5 miles in October! My half marathon training is going exceptionally well - last Sunday I knocked out an amazing 7 miler, and tomorrow I'm set to do 8. My mid-week runs, I work on speed; on, Sunday long runs, though, I take it nice and slow. Focus on distance, and run at my intended race pace for practice. I'm very pleased with the splits from my last long run:

I can't say it enough, I love running long and slow. As much as I desperately want that sub-30 5k (I tried again a few weeks ago and was slow hitting the stop on my Garmin, and it turned to 30:00. Blerg! That was my closest yet!), I really love the feeling of running for over an hour. The feeling of physical health, yes, but also, intense mental clarity. With the end of my first semester here at my new university winding down, I couldn't ask for a better stress reliever.

I biked 296.9 miles in November - still quite a bit, but nothing compared to the 519.66 miles I had logged in October. I'm very happy about this because the scale still isn't moving. That might seem backwards, but hear me out - the scale didn't move with 200+ more miles logged, either. I didn't overdo it on the biking because I had to counteract huge binges. My eating in November was not ideal, but certainly better than previous months, and I'm pleased with where I'm looking to end up by the end of the year.

It's strange to think we're already at the end of the year. I'm working on a list of 2012 goals, which I'll share later this month (as soon as I finish). I'm still so in awe of all this year's changes and transitions - with weight, with location, with friends, with family. But all in all, this year has been a good one, full of hard-learned lessons and so many wonderful people and moments. Looking back on my 2011 goals, I feel incredibly pleased with my progress, and I'm looking forward to the year closing with as much passion and excitement that I had at its beginning.

What about you? How was your November? What are your goals for December? What is the best advice you've heard for surviving the holidays?


Tim said...

Wow, I love stats, such a geek thing to say i know, but yours are so consistent and really superb!

My November was good, nothing spectacular though. I could definitely have done more but was happy with what I done.

Last year I had the flu over the holidays and I lost weight and didnt each much at all, so I highly recommend that approach! haha.

Sarah Greenman said...

Amazing. Your Nov. mileage is amazing!

Hyla said...

Fantastic on the running! I NEED to get back on that path!

How was your November?Awesome!
What are your goals for December? 100 by my WW 1 year anniversary
What is the best advice you've heard for surviving the holidays? Eat a small meal before and drink lots of water

marisol said...

That's awesome Mary! You are doing fantastic. I did pretty well in November. Logged 1,088 minutes of exercise. Most I've ever logged in a month.

Greg (Transformed and Scaled) said...

You're doing great with the running, Mary! You're right about the long runs, they really clear your head, don't they? You just focus on your body and the path in front of you, and everything else kind of melts away.

Anonymous said...

Keep it up, Mary!! :)