X-Training: 8 (4 pool runs, 2 elliptical, 2 stationary bike)
Rest Days: 8
Race(s): National Race to End Women's Cancer 8k (PR - 38:02) and the big one, the Philadelphia Marathon (PR - 4:01:23)!
Stay injury-free and sane during taper - Well, there were some crazy periods during taper (and some imaginary foot pain), but I got to the race injury-free so that's all that matters!
Crush the Philadelphia marathon - DONE! 39 minute PR.
Non-workout goal: Wisely I didn't pick a goal for this month. The marathon consumed all of my thoughts and energy.
Ice cream flavor of the month: Pumpkin (a repeat from last month, but it's just so good!)
The focus of November was getting to the Philadelphia Marathon ready to race and then running my heart out. I ran an 8k as a tune up two weeks before the marathon and along with picking up a new PR, it showed me that I was right on track. After a lot of thought, I finally decided I was going for sub 4:00 and shared that goal with the Internet. Although I didn't quite get there, the marathon was a total success. I showed myself that I can run faster than I ever thought I could and I know that I'm only just getting started. There is a lot of progress yet to be made!
Get in a few good long runs - I think this is the only crucial thing I need to do this month in order to be ready for Goofy. I'm not concerned with time in either race, I just need to make sure that my legs are ready to cover the distance
Pool run at least once a week - Pool running is a good way for me to keep up my fitness and give my legs a bit of break as I recover from Philly/prep for Goofy
Stay motivated and mix things up when needed - I don't want to get stressed about what I need to do to be ready for Goofy. So my plan is to give myself a break and throw in my cross training or rest days if I start to feel at all burned out or have any pre-injury twinges
Races: None on the schedule right now
Non-workout goal: Get back to trying new recipes. I've been slacking the last few months