8 Days of Streaking and November Miles

And so far, so good! I had Some pain in my left knee yesterday, but that’s nothing out of the ordinary. I have osgood schlatter in that knee. Apparently this condition runs in my family on both sides, my dad has it, he thinks his dad had it, a cousin on my mom’s side had it, I think my brother may have it… The doctor who diagnosed it said it should have gone away by the time I turned 16, but here I am at 25 still dealing with it. Oh well, it’s really not that bad, just a bit painful, especially when it starts getting colder or wet (so my favorite kind of weather causes my knee pain. Go figure. πŸ™„).

Anyway, the plan after my half marathon was to take some time off (done), participate in the Runner’s World winter streak (currently doing), and start working on speed. So that’s exactly what I’m doing!

On Monday I did a short tempo run. Just one mile. Tempo runs kinda scare me, so I figure I should start doing more of them. Even if they are super short for now. Yesterday I did an easy 30 minute run. Actually, it probably wasn’t easy enough. I definitely need to remember these easy runs should be super easy, so far that hasn’t caused any issues, but it definitely could if I’m not careful. And this morning’s run was an interval workout.

Holy cow, it’s a actually cold outside today! I cannot begin to describe to you how excited I was gearing up for this run! I love running in the cold. The only downside was that it was also kinda windy. Not ideal, but hey, if I have to put up with a little wind to run in the cold, I will. πŸ‘πŸ»

For today’s workout I warmed up with an easy mile, ran for two minutes, walked for a minute, repeated 9 times, then cooled down by walking for about 10 minutes.

Meh, kinda wanted to go a little faster, but that just wasn’t happening today. I had fun though, and at the end of the day I think that’s more important than hitting certain paces. πŸ˜„

Haha honestly though, I think my phone dying halfway through my run kinda threw me off (darn iPhone batteries are so unreliable in the cold…). I mean, I can run just fine without music, but today I was super into my playlist, so having my phone die on me was a bummer and I noticed I was slowing down a bit after that. Maybe this is a good lesson to remember though, and I just won’t take my phone with me next time. πŸ˜‰

Anyway, today’s run brings me to 50.53 miles run in November. Not bad considering I took like, 11 days off. I did run a half marathon though, so I suppose that helped keep my monthly mileage from dropping too low. πŸ˜‰

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At this point I don’t have any goals for December, aside for continuing my streak, that is. For now I’m focusing more on time than miles and doing speed work, so I guess we shall see how far that gets me in December. πŸ™‚

Anyways, I need to go eat me some lunch then do me some yoga (sometimes I don’t think I’m constructing such poorly worded sentences ironically anymore. I think I may be stuck like this. Send help! πŸ˜‰ ).

Happy last day of November!

~Ashley

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