The month of November is not over. In fact, I still have 13.3 miles to run in the next three days. I’ve run 100 miles a month for the last 11 months, so I absolutely plan to hit those miles. Thankfully, I’m doing the Runner’s World Run Streak again, so I’m slowly chipping away at them.
Today for Tuesdays on the Run, we are rating our month. Normally, I just rate my running, but this month I’m going a bit deeper and talking about some other aspects of my life. Overall, I’d say my month started with a C, but it managed to pull itself together and end with around an A-.
So, here’s what’s been going on with me…
A few weeks before the Marine Corps Marathon, I started having some weird symptoms. Nothing major or painful, but enough to get my attention. But, of course, I had a marathon to run, so I refused to think about it. After the marathon, things became less noticeable, but continued to bother me, so I finally went to my doctor. A long visit with my primary physician, a bajillion blood tests, a visit to a neurologist, nerve testing, and an MRI later, I appear to be fine. Both doctors think the issue is stress. Hmm, guess running isn’t quite the stress reliever that I thought it was.
But all those long runs by myself with no music apparently prepared me for an MRI? Seriously, I had no issues entertaining myself while I had to be perfectly still. I’ve always had no problem being in my own head while I’m running and that served me well during the test. (I will say, though, that the best advice I found on the internet was to make sure the ear plugs were damp when you pushed them into your ears. This totally cut the noise from the machine to a manageable level.)
Adding to the fun that was the month of November was an issue with my contacts. My eye doctor changed both the brand and the prescription of my contacts. I’ve spent the whole month trying to actually see clearly (it’s amazing how difficult it is to function when you can’t quite get things 100% in focus). I knew the problem was the contacts as I could see just fine with my glasses, but it took multiple changes to finally figure out the solution. In the end, I went back to both my old brand and my old prescription. I’ll just wear the reading glasses, thankyouverymuch.
November wasn’t all bad though and it’s ending on a high note. I hope to have a fun announcement on the job front soon and I’ve started making some fun plans for next summer. I have a half marathon and a 15K coming up in December and I’m starting a new workout program soon (more on that in a few weeks).
In the end, I’m going to give the month an A-, even if I still have miles hanging over my head.
And how was your month???