October recap and November preview

November 2, 2012

October Training Recap and November Preview

This was the month I was supposed to really break through in my training. And I did. For about two weeks. Then the running slowed to nothing, I rarely lifted weights and nothing got done to push me closer to my goal.

By the end of the month, I was over my original starting weight for the month and severely undertrained.

I’m hopeful I can learn from the mistakes of October. I don’t know. Looking back at my analyses of the previous 10 months of 2012, here is how it breaks down: 7 Failure months and only 3 successes. It should be noted that only one of the successes was an outright success. The other two were successes only because they weren’t exactly failures.

November is my make-or-break month. If I don’t buckle down and get my miles in, get my weight under control and get to working out, on December 1 I’ll be asking for a refund for my March race. It’s that simple.

I’ve lost too many days and weeks this year to have had a successful year of running. Ten months ago I was on my way to reaching my goal of 1,200 miles. Two months ago, I was barely on pace to make a go at 1,000 miles. Now, if I’m really diligent and don’t have any setbacks I might make 900 miles.

I don’t mean for this to sound so doom and gloom. It’s just the way it is. I’m trying to fight back. I just have to hope it’s not too little too late.


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