In early November, I "signed up" for Monica from Run Eat Repeat's "Pile on the Miles" challenge. I was thinking that it would be perfect to keep me accountable for my mid week runs. I pledged to run 120 miles in November, roughly 30 miles a week. Now... this is the minimum that I'd like to be doing for the month prior to my marathon. I should be doing more...
...But I'm not feeling it. The weather is getting colder and windier, it's getting dark earlier, and I'm not finding the energy.
Two weekends ago, I had an amazing 20 mile run. It was daunting, but Lana, Joanie, and I did it!
After our run, we went to Cracker Barrel and had the most amazing breakfast. I then went home, and passed out on the couch until it was time to get ready to go out to dinner. I had steak, mashed potatoes and red wine (I don't drink anymore...long explanation). Considering that I drink pretty rarely these days, I had a killer hangover on Sunday... from two glasses of wine. <- loser
The rest of the week, I had a really hard time getting my runs in. I ran 11.6 miles for the week, which is ok after coming off a 20 miler, but all of them sucked pretty hard. I blame the cold winds.
This last weekend, I set out to do 15 miles. Around mile 9, I noticed a nagging pain in my right achilles. I guess it was changing the way I ran because my right knee and hip started to
cuss at me ache too. My group decided to call it a day at 12 miles. I have a really, I mean REALLY hard time cutting a run short. The whole drive home I was telling myself to get back out in my neighborhood and finish up the last three. This is my crazy talking.
I've come to grips with the fact that I'm not going to meet my Pile on the Miles challenge, and I'm ok with that. I'm going to take these 25 days before the marathon and enjoy my runs. My goal was not to run 120 miles in November, it was to finish this marathon without getting kicked off the course.
Anyways, I'm excited for my runs coming up, and I'm excited for my second 20 miler. I can't believe this beast is less than one month away!