My least favourite month – November – lasted for what felt like months. As I said last month, I’m not a huge fan of the dark evenings, and I’m looking forward to getting the shortest day out of the way in December. Moving on… As you know, I’ve been producing monthly summaries of my training since the beginning of 2016. I’ve also shared some of my experiences as a running blogger currently based in Four Oaks, Birmingham.
What worked well? What – if any – were my running related achievements? What would I do differently given the opportunity? I then like to look ahead to the new month.
Sh*t literally happens
After finally moving on from my Great Birmingham Run disappointment, I was really looking forward to getting back into some sort of running routine, and starting my training for the Cambridge Half in March. I went for an enjoyable run on Sunday 6th November and felt great – my running mojo had made a welcome return. Unfortunately, less than 12 hours later I started to feel unwell. Thanks to norovirus I was unable to run for almost two weeks.
So although November was a bit of a disappointment from a running perspective, I managed to complete the first couple of weeks of my Cambridge Half training plan.
According to my Strava statistics I completed six training runs during November, covering a distance of approximately 18 kilometres. At least I was very well rested and niggle-free at the start of my latest training cycle 😉
November was a cheap month! Yesterday, I treated myself to a fleece (£26) and a running top (£10) in the Long Tall Sally sale. I also sold some of my unwanted running gear on eBay, including the reflective H&M running jacket that had been gathering dust for two years.
Once again, my blogging mojo was slightly intermittent. I was really looking forward to running and then reviewing my local MoRunning race in Sutton Park. Unfortunately, I was too unwell to make it to the start line. Even attempting to run was completely out of the question. I might rename this blog ‘The DNS Runner’.
I’ve now hopefully got my blogging arse into gear, and have made a list of blog posts and reviews I need to publish during December.
Looking forward to December
Now that I’ve *fingers crossed* had my share of winter bugs, I’m looking forward to cracking on with my Cambridge Half marathon training.
Perfect running conditions. Unfortunately, just walking up this hill left me feeling exhausted!
I’m also looking forward to spending December working in retail and to spending time with my family and friends during Christmas. I just need to avoid spending all of the extra money I’m earning on Christmas presents for me!
How many races have you DNS this year? As I’d rather DNS than DNF, I’ve not made it to the start of four races.
Do you have any running or fitness related items on your Christmas wish list? I’d love either a Fitbit Charge 2 or Surge for Christmas.