No record month here. But I am not disappointed. This was planned. I wanted an easier month after the half marathon and definitely after the record month of September.
I ran 42 miles this last month (40 miles fewer than in September). That included the 13.1 Phedippidations World Wide Half Marathon in which I placed 269 out of 298. So, I was not one of the faster runners. But that race was not about winning, it was about running the distance.
Total mileage for the year is 494 miles. Since this is my first year running, this is a record. 200 of those miles are on my new shoes, which I guess are not so new any more.
As I am working out a new plan for my training, I don’t have a projected mileage for the month of November, but it will probably end up being around 60 miles.
I have determined that I am a lazy runner. I hardly ever arrive home from a run feeling like I gave it my all. And, although I realize that not every run is a race, I should at least feel like I am working.
Therefore, I have my goal. I am going to focus on getting my 5 Km. time down. I currently run a 28 min. 5 Km. I would like to get that down to under 25 and would love to flirt with 20 minutes. Since I have finished my training for the half marathon, I need a focus. I will work on the shorter race.
I will still run longer runs each week. I think 8 miles is a good long run for me. 6 almost seems too short to call a long run and 10 is too long to do every week. So, 8 will be the long ones.
I will have to do some research to see how I am going to tackle this plan of mine, but I will get my times down. This feeling of being a lazy runner has been bothering me since before my half marathon in early October, but I did nothing to change it back then. Now that I need some motivation, this is the thing to work towards.