6'0 Tall wife to Muscle Man, mother of 3, full time career woman, with an addiction to running wherever her size 10's will take her.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

November Lows

November was a LOW month in Tall Mom Land. Being too busy to run at lunch and darkness when I got home, coupled with snow and icy roads for a whole week, put me at 67 miles for the month!!! WHAT?? OOPS!!

Well all I can say is maybe my body needed the rest. That is not the mileage I should have as a base going into a Marathon this weekend...but we will take it slow and enjoy VEGAS!!
Last night I NEEDED to run!! Muscle Man said he would "let" me run so long as I stayed on the well-lit sidewalks in our neighborhood.. After a tasty stir-fry dinner I set out in my Sugoi reflective vest and new Razzy Roo Headband HERE, sorry for the bad photo, Thanks Cheryl!!

I started running right out my front door. I felt STRONG, like the Nike Running commercial where they are in the dark. I could hear my ponytail swishing on my back...oops forgot my Ipod. Oh well, it is safer without. It was lightly raining and a little chilly. Christmas lights sparkled and the smell of dryer exhaust filled the air. It was PEACEFUL.

I had a path in mind on the new section of sidewalk. About .25 and it was DARK and the path is next to the woods... TURN... Muscle Man would not be happy with that path, so I sprinted up to the High School track for 1.5 miles while teenagers played soccer on the infield. Most of my running has been in the mid 9 minute mile pace, so 8's felt a little fast. YES I AM NOT IN GOOD SHAPE :) I finished up on the track and ran home.

It felt good to be in the fresh air, clear my head and just run. This morning I weighed myself.. Still up 6 pounds, but much better than the last week.

  • PLEASE share the GREAT things you achieved in November.. I love to hear positive and uplifting stories.

  • HAPPY BIRTHDAY to TALL Sister!! and to Kim HERE.
HAPPY WEDNESDAY!!

25 comments:

FLATOUT JIM said...

Dark when you get home, icy roads, sounds like you live down the road from me!

Staci Dombroski said...

One of the reasons why I hate winter!!! I started back at the gym again since I am a woos in the cold!

fancy nancy said...

It is so scary for me to run in the dark...too many horror films! You more than earned some time to rest and I'm certain that you will be back to where you want to be in no time! I love your description of your run...it made me imagine I was there with you! This month I managed 105 miles and made my 1000 miles and exceeded it by 30! I also got my sister across the finish line of her first 5k! I love inspiring people to try out running...but you are the master!

Jess @ Blonde Ponytail said...

I agree that night runs can be peaceful! Hope the seattle area has recovered from the snow...if you need your snow fix, we have plenty over here! :)

H Love said...

peaceful run....sounds dreamy!!

Rene' said...

good for you for getting out there. i am too chicken to run in the dark:) can't wait to hear about Vegas.

Kimberly said...

It takes some used to, running in the dark. I usually stick to the trails or neighborhood.

In November, I ran my farthest distance/race (16 miles). And even though I gave myself permission to walk, I didn't. Not once.

Hope December is better for you!

Amanda@runninghood said...

Good luck this weekend! I have horrible night vision so it is tricky for me to run in the dark...I for sure always take my head lamp but sometimes that doesn't help much. This November I made a huge decision to give up my teaching job and stay home with my kids for the long haul. I also have been coming to terms with my grandfather's death and was able to reach a new level in processing my dad's death since I just received a box from my grandparents's house from my Aunt with old pictures, letters, track medals, and other pieces of my dad that really opened a new window of growth for me.

Excited to hear about Vegas!

marathonmaiden said...

i love that muscle man "let" you run. and i still love that you call him muscle man. i need a muscle man in my life ;)

my good for november is not really running related. sure i had a great month there but the highlight was thanksgiving weekend and really enjoying it!

aron said...

67 miles is better than zero!

november had my highest mileage week ever and also taper for my coming marathon, extremes!

kimert said...

My hubby says running in the dark at night is exilerating (sp). I don't believe him. haha
My November good? I ran my first 8k race. can't say it was great since I was having tummy troubles but I finished.

Kate said...

My "night" runs are in the early morning. I don't get nervous about the dark as long as I'm in the general vicinity of our neighborhood...and my big dog helps me feel a little more secure, too.

I actually had to look back at my blog to check, because I couldn't think of any GREAT thing I achieved in November...and the blog confirmed it. The best I can give you is running a 10 mile race the Saturday after Thanksgiving and getting my student teacher to the point where she's handling the class and planning with creativity and confidence.

Kirstie said...

Good job in November! My running has taken a hit since picking up a holiday job at a retail store :( Hopefully gonna try and pick more running up in December. Fingers crossed.

5 Miles 2 Empty said...

Um...guess my base is about where yours is. Oh well, we're in it together! =)

Not really sure what I have positive for November. This time of year unitl mid Jan is hard for me...I struggle to stay positive.

But...BUT this coming weekend will be awesome!

Marlene said...

One thing that helps with the dark and dreary evenings is all the Christmas lights. I am loving it and I hope there will be many many more now that it is DECEMBER.

I still can't believe you are running a marathon this weekend, you crazy girl. :) JK, you are going to have a blast!

Fond memories of RnR Seattle.....

November was great for me. I don't know where my motivation came from, but I like to think I was putting in some extra work for my good buddy Tall Mom who was having a hard time. {HUGS}

Here's to a new month!

(Just) Trying is for Little Girls said...

Awwww, I have the same birthday as Tall Sister, how cool is that! Thanks for the wishes and good luck in Vegas!

Kerrie T. said...

Love those kinds of runs. Peaceful. Beautiful. Love the twinkling lights. Maybe I'll run at night this week.
:)

Tricia said...

Sounds like a lovely run.

Have fun this weekend.

Amanda said...

As of last night I have made it up to 3 barefoot miles and I have never felt this way running before. The energy and passion I have, it feels all brand new. I'm loving it!

Amber said...

Gotta love the days when you feel strong!!!

We ran the Turkey Trot 5K last week and I had a blast. 1/2 marathon training is going well and I am surprised how much easier it is the second time around.

Wifey said...

Peaceful - sounds like a wonderful run!

My November highlight, I PR'd the Atlanta Half Marathon shaving 30+ minutes off my last time.

Oh, and I'm giving away some of those Fabulous Fila Toning pants on my blog - and they're perfect for us Tall Gals.

Winks & Smiles,
Wifey

Whitney said...

Good luck in Vegas! I love running in December and getting to see all the twinkly lights! It is just so cheery and fun.

Megan said...

I love the smell of dryer lint on runs. :)

Mary said...

Winter running is a challenge!! Good luck in Vegas-what a blast!

TNTcoach Ken said...

Low??? I remember months of zero miles running with an injury. I'm sure that you'll make up for November.