I just logged my miles for today's run and tallied up the month of November. I ran 10 more miles in November than I did in October, and September, combined. Long live the streak. Really just long live the recommittment to running, as that was half the reason for the Streak.
The Streak really is the story for November. I finished November at 37 days straight, 187.5 miles over those 37 days, just over 5 miles a day average. My previous longest streak was 6, maybe 7 days, but then I never tried to streak before. At 1525 miles I am already past my 2010 mileage total and am 43 miles ahead of pace to meet my 50K/week goal of 1620 miles in 2011. Most importantly I have looked forward to my run every day, I haven't yet had a dread run. I'm also feeling good, sure I have little aches and pains here and there, but nothing major, nothing lingering.
I ran 2 races in November, a T&H 5K and the Thanksgiving Day 4M. Both were a bit disappointing, neither close to a PB, neither close to what I was running like last spring. The 35:30 in the 4M was almost a minute faster than my 5K time from 3 weeks earlier would predict, but I was shooting for 35:00. This year my time was 1:59 slower than 2010 and 8 seconds slower than 2009 when I running with a seriously pissed off IT Band. Ugh.
It's frustrating to be slower than I was only 6 months ago and getting harder and harder to ignore a factor bigger than my September and October slacking on the running front, and that is the 15 lbs that I've let creep on since Big Horn. I'll be damned if it doesn't make it more difficult to run fast. Who knew? Well I did, I do, and another part of starting the streak was gaining some momentum to start eating better. I think it's time.
December brings on another T&H race, 10K this time. McMillian says I can run a 56:23, seeding off the Thanksgiving Race, so I guess that's a good goal. Ugh, that's a far cry from my 51:39 PR. Run like the runner you are, not the runner you want to be, right? Must. Banish. Negative. Thoughts. On the positive front, this will by my second T&H time of the season and after that my handicap will be based on this season's results, not last seasons. It will be more fun to start further up in the field, where I should be, in the January race and not have to worry about being DFL (as I was in Nov). The T&H format really is fun if you're seeded right and are in the thick of things come finish time.
Well, that's enough rambling for now. Long live the streak!
Happy New Year!
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