My mileage for November was surprisingly high. I ran a total of 286.65 miles. Why is that surprising? I didn’t do any training. NONE. I didn’t run a single mile that wasn’t part of a race. In order to meet my long-term goals for the year, I had to do two quadzillas. The first one started on October 31st, so three of the races fell in November. The other one came at the end of the month. In between, I scheduled three other marathons.
That’s a crazy number of races, but what made it even crazier was doing all that when I’m injured. At the start of the month, I didn’t really believe I could do it. I just took it one race at a time and hoped for the best.
I shouldn’t be doing all these races with an injury. I should take some time off and not run at all for a while. I compromised. I didn’t do any training runs. I just did the races, even if that meant doing them slowly.
I originally scheduled 10 marathons in November. Then one of them was halted because of hot weather. I wasn’t given the opportunity to run the whole course; I only ran 19.8 miles. Because I didn’t run the whole course, I found another race to make up for it. That was a 50K race.
So here’s how the mileage added up:
El Maraton del Rio Grande 26.2
Day of the Dead Series, Day 3 26.2
Day of the Dead Series, Day 4 26.2
Rock ‘n’ Roll Savannah 19.8
Peachtree City 50K 31.05
Istanbul Marathon 26.2
Flying Monkey Marathon 26.2
Wattle Waddle 26.2
Wishbone Run 26.2
Ghost of Seattle Marathon 26.2
Seattle Marathon 26.2
I got through these races by doing a significant amount of walking. I just wanted to finish each race within the time limits and minimize the wear and tear on my legs. I feel no worse now than I did at the beginning of the month. I feel fortunate.
I only have two races in December. Then I’m taking a nine week break. Some of my friends doubt that I’ll stick to that. Believe me. I am SO ready to take a break from racing. I’m really looking forward to giving myself a chance to heal. What I’ll really miss is training. I haven’t done any real training in months, and I hate letting myself get so out of shape.