Happy Black Friday to all of you who celebrate! OK, I know it’s not a holiday and you won’t catch me in any stores. So far, I haven’t even bought anything online. I’m sure I’ll breakdown and take advantage of a race discount at some point. After all, I don’t actually have any races on the calendar after December 10! Crazy!
November has been a bit of a crazy month, so here are my Black Friday Five Runfessions.
Wednesday I got a personal email from a charity offering me a bib for the Chicago Marathon. I runfess that I seriously considered it for a short time. It’s a group I have supported in the past and the amount was reasonable and, unlike Boston, I’d be happy to run it as a charity runner. But then reality set in and I turned it down.
Yesterday was the annual local Turkey Trot. Once again, I runfess that I opted to volunteer for the water stop instead of running. It was so cold that, despite wearing all the layers, I was pretty well frozen when I got done. So, instead of changing my shoes and going for a run, I took off a bunch of layers and ran on the treadmill.
Speaking of running yesterday, I runfess that I started my annual Runner’s World Streak. I’ve done this several years and I love that it works for me as a kick off for my spring training. I also love that it gives me a stopping point. Otherwise, I’m pretty sure I’d get obsessed and run on days when I really need to take a break. To up the ante this year, I plan to wear a different Skirt Sports product each run. I can’t promise that there won’t be duplicate patterns or that I won’t be wearing tights under my shorter skirts, but that’s my goal. It’s not like I don’t have a ton of skirts…
I have two more races coming up in December – a half marathon and a 15K. I runfess that I haven’t run farther than 7 miles on a run since I finished Marine Corps. I meant to do a longer run this past Tuesday, but I couldn’t find a block of time for decent length run. So, instead of running what I could fit in, I just skipped my run. Oops. That would explain why I have 30 more miles to run this month and only 7 days left to do it.
I runfess that I’m planning to shake up my training in 2018. I love Hansons and I’m a big fan of running 5-6 days a week, but I really need to be cross training and strength training more. I’ve been lucky enough to escape injury, but my recovery times are definitely longer and I feel like my core is pretty lacking in strength these days. For the first time ever, I plan to check out the Run Less Run Faster book. I don’t know that I’ll get faster, but I’m hoping that I’ll get stronger. Of course, if I’m going to have a training plan, perhaps I should find a race before the 2018 Marine Corps Marathon to train for…
For now though, I’m going to focus on trying to finish up all of my miles for the month and trying not to eat all of the sweet potatoes all by myself.
How about you? What kind of Runfessions do you have for November?