November month in review

I am running!  It’s not much, but it is so much more than anything I’ve done for months. 

Running mileage: 51!  How awesome is that number?  If you add up all my running from March to October, it doesn’t equal 51 miles.  So, even though I want to run 100 miles a month, 51 is an amazing number!!

Walking: 56 miles.  I am still taking my one mile walking break during my lunch break at work.  I keep thinking that it is going to get too cold at some point, but I just keep doing it.  I hope that it will make me hate the winter less.  Getting the fresh air is great, even if it freezes my lungs.  As I start running more, the walking mileage will decrease.  Right now, when I get on the treadmill in the evenings, I just plan to workout for the duration on one show on Netflix.  Since I can only run a few miles at a time, I walk to fill up the rest of the time.  I can’t wait until I can run for the entire show.

Swimming: I only got in the pool twice in November.  They were closed the week of Thanksgiving, and the week before that, my mom had knee surgery, so I didn’t get in the water that week.  I can’t wait to get back in the pool this week.  I think there are only three more sessions before they close for the semester break.  I do hope that they will open up again in January.  (I may or may not have my eye on a triathlon next summer.)

Biking:  I managed about 28  miles biking as I followed Tim around Madison for his first marathon.  I was so disappointed that I couldn’t run it with him, but at least I got to cheer him on.  I hope that we have another opportunity to do one together.

Being able to slowly increase my mileage has really helped to lift my mood.  And I need that at this time of the year.  Typically, when the weather gets cold and the days get even shorter, I get pretty down and depressed.  I really don’t like the winter.  But, right now, I have something to look forward to.  I can run.  I still have to run slowly.  And I am very slowly increasing my mileage.  But, I am running—pain free.  And that is truly something to be thankful for.

It has me thinking ahead to the spring and planning which races I might want to do.  Any suggestions?  What is your favorite half marathon?

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