November Mileage Wrap Up

November seemed like the longest month this year for me. Maybe it was the fact that it was darker earlier, the time change or it was just so busy I’ve yet to catch my breath.

As I said in my last post, I’m really looking forward to December; birthdays, work stuff, swimming/gymnastics ending for the girls and of course the holidays. Now, when I say I’m looking forward to the girls lessons ending it’s not because I don’t enjoy taking them or watching them, in fact I love that. I’m just ready after 10 weeks of getting up at early o’clock EVERY SINGLE DAY….to “sleep in”.

Though November seemed long, I managed to get back into working out more which I was starting to struggle with. I feel like I’m getting back to how many days per week I want to be working out.

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I could still get in a few kilometres tonight but wanted a break as I have soccer tomorrow night and would like a rest night. I’m hoping to run a little more then 47km in December as I want to run more kilometres then last year.

I want to get back to my long runs as I’ve been encouraged to do so my my Physiotherapist. My ankle is getting better but we’ve added some more strengthening exercises. Over Christmas last year I ran the distance of a marathon between Dec 24th and 31st and planning to do that again this year. Fingers crossed I can reach my goal!

How was your November?

Any December goals? 

Runners: Do you try to run more kilometres/miles each year?

 

 

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From Running to Barre Class

When I’m not training for a race I try to stay as active as I can. However, sometimes it’s easy to fall into “slumps” and I’ve definitely had my fair share over the last few months.

You work so hard to follow a training plan for a race, run the race, enjoy the runner’s high and then what? Now what? Recovery, possibly. Extra recovery, potentially and then BAM! you’ve done nothing for a few weeks or months even.

I was kinda hoping to train for a winter half marathon but feel I might be falling off the wagon on that one as I haven’t had time to do any long runs. I’ve thought about those long runs and even planned them out; mostly an evening run on the treadmill. This past weekend I failed at getting in a long run as the heat from our wood stove sucked me in and I fell asleep on our couch at 8:30 PM. What an excuse!!!

I did get back on track Sunday night with a 7k treadmill run that I didn’t really enjoy but was happy I did it (when it was over, of course). Bad runs are still good runs.

My little wall I stare at sometimes.

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I managed to go to Barre today at lunch and I had 2-3 moments of “I hate this”…” I hurt, please stop” …and “this is going to help my running”. My body felt great all afternoon at work which is energizing when you are working from a desk sometimes.

Confession

It’s been three weeks since I’ve been to a yoga class. And I miss it. I’m thinking my body is going to react with “what are you doing” and in utter shock! Let’s just hope I’m able to pack everything I need and not leave anything behind (like my sports bra and running last week). I missed my soccer game on the weekend as I was at a CAAWS (women & sport) workshop, so I’m looking forward to my game on Thursday. I’ll take that as my “speed work” for the week.

Also, I’m really looking forward to December and not just for Christmas. My youngest daughter and my husband have birthdays back to back (3rd and 4th) so it’s birthday party weekend coming up. I’m also looking forward to seeing my family and running lots over the holiday break.

How was your weekend?

Got any confessions to share?

What’s one thing you are looking forward to in December that’s not holiday related?

Run, Barre, Yoga and Pumpkins

That pretty much sums up life in the last week. It seems as if running is taking a back seat lately as I just don’t have the interest/drive/motivation to do it.

What’s been going on?

Last week I tried Barre for the first time and had a blast! I had lots of aches and pains in muscles that I didn’t know existed. I even went back this Monday! I’m trying to get back into weekly yoga but missed it yesterday because I was just too busy and needed my lunch hour to get stuff done. That just made me more grumpy which really, no one needs to be grumpy.

Blogging Confession

Honestly, I’ve barely signed in to WordPress all week to write, read or comment on other blogs. This might be the longest I’ve gone without writing a post. Right now, I just seem to have no desire to write and contemplating wrapping up the blog in December. Don’t worry, since I’m grumpy I’m not making any decisions but I’m sure trying to figure why I blog and if I’ll keep it going.

Should we go right or left?

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Running, My Ankle & Soccer

I’ve gone on two 9k runs in the last 2 weeks and that’s it. They were a week apart but so different even though I ran the same route. My first run, I loved and seemed to just want to keep running and the second run was horrible from start to finish. Can’t win ’em all!

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My ankle is getting better. Both long runs started off with no pain or stiffness so that’s a big win! I’m still in physio which seems to be working. I’m also back to playing indoor soccer each week and loving it!

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Yes, I was THAT Mom last week who dragged her kids to her 7 o’clock soccer game which resulted in an a 1.5 hour delayed bed time! I made dinner the day before so that would it be quick and easy and lined up a sitter lined up but it fell through last minute. Luckily another Mom has a teenager coming who loves kids! She took care of the girls while I played. Have you ever been half dressed for work and half for a run/workout? I tend to make dinner and get half ready for soccer: work blouse and soccer shorts for the win! After the game it was home to settle the girls down for bed time.

PUMPKINS!!!!!!!!!

We went a last minute pumpkin picking with my brother’s family on the weekend. Sunshine, a rainbow, cold winds and then a downpour of rain. It was the fastest pumpkin picking I’ve ever done!

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Though pumpkin picking was so quick due to the weather it was completely unplanned and so great to see my brother, his wife Jen and my niece Ava. Best part of our weekend for sure!

Pumpkin everything or ex-pumpkin lover?

What have you been up to?

Bloggers – how long have you been blogging ? When is it time to stop?