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December 1, 2010

Previously On MM….November 2010

I think when I wrote my October recap I ended the post saying “Let’s hope November is just as good, shall we?”.

Well it was. It truly was — anyone know that quote? It’s not really a memorable quote but whenever someone says that line, the scene from this movie pops into my head!

I kind of liked not breaking down the month week by week like I’ve done all year and doing a previously.  Like LOST and 24.  I consider myself as BAMF as the great men in my life 😉

And I have to only pick one LOST pic? UGHHHHHHHHH

Thanks google for both images

Anyway.  November was another great month.  While October brought about the firsts for lots of things (including baking as well as Dallas WR marathon training), November was really where the magic was made.  I put in LOTS of hard work and to go purely by the numbers, this was a colossal month.  Not as big as that crazy June I had but pretty darn big.

Since I liked the format I used last month, I’ll keep it the same.  For your sake as well as mine.


  • 454.1 miles
  • 61 hours 23  minutes 15 seconds
  • 8:54 average pace

Comparing 2009 to 2010

  • 2010: 454.1
  • 2009:  293.6
  • Percent Change:54.7 %

YTD (as of 30-November)

  • 2010:  3988
  • 2009: 2766
  • Percent Change: 44.2%


None here.  I was debating a Turkey Trot with my lil’ bro but opted out.  Oh well.  I’m sure that in a few days I can make it up to myself.  He did school me in an xbox dance off on Thanksgiving so I’m sure he’s over not running with me.

I did, however, get my official-in-the-mail acceptance to Boston which is hard to see past WR but it’s there. Waiting.

Not my image. Google images


Lots of good stuff here.  Last month I linked to all my quality workouts leading up for this WR cycle.  This month I’ve done 3 quality ones a week.  That’s a lot to link to.  So here are the memorable ones / highlights of what I was trying to accomplish (the links are mostly so I can go back and re-read if need be in the future):

I think the biggest thing of the training here was that it was all about learning. I’m slowly trying to wrap my head around how to train right.  That there are many types of workouts and each has their own place. That I’m a pretty decent runner if I put my head to it.  That I set expectation really high and can be disappointed because I expect so much from myself.

I think this month really is laying the foundation for how I approach running and training and RACING for the future.  It’s a bit weird to put it like that but I just feel like this month was special (or maybe it’s been there all fall and just now I’m starting to notice)

Oh man, sentimental much? Lots of other confidence building workouts in there this month but those above were the best of.  I also started the hundred pushups and two hundred situps challenges, of which I am in Week 4 of 6 on currently.  Plus some foam rolling.  Maybe I’m changing my bad-runner-habit ways?

I guess I can’t wait, then, for the first weekend in December.  I get to “run the rock

Preferably in that time too. Asking too much? 😉

Baking (ahem slash cooking):

  • Chocolate CheesecakeThe baking queen herself was impressed.  I’m not going to lie: the idea to do this (and to bring it to a Celtic’s game?!) was born after a glass or two of wine.  As all ideas are?
  • Sweet Potato Soup. I was a complete brat and emailed my mom (not even a phone call!) a week before Thanksgiving to request that she make this for me.  I did make it at the beginning of the month but still.  I am such a terrible daughter.

I actually also made Apple Cinnamon muffins but just haven’t yet shared the recipe.  Here’s a sneak peak? (because I’m sure y’all are tired of seeing pictures that I’ve already posted)

Trust me: better pics in the actual post. I'll try to get it up this weekend 🙂


Despite working 40+ hours a week, running 454.1 miles this month (including marathon training runs!) I maintained a really good social life as well.  The highlights include:

  • I celebrated a birthday.
  • Had the best Thanksgiving I’ve ever had.
  • Drank the most tequila I’ve ever had in one night.

All in all a very good month. I mean, we did get the first snowfall at the beginning of the month but I got a tiara.  Who can argue with that?


  1. WOW. dont really know what else to say 🙂 NICE job on a killer month!

    Comment by aron — December 1, 2010 @ 13:49

  2. Sounds like an amazing month. Way to go! I’m blown away by those numbers.

    Comment by Kirstie — December 1, 2010 @ 13:56

  3. Let’s see, so 454 miles and “30 Days Hath November,” means you averaged over 15 miles a day?! Yikes, bikes, automobiles! And all those quality workouts in there too. Color me impressed. What a badass month.

    Comment by sweatykid — December 1, 2010 @ 14:25

  4. What a great month – Holy cow, nearly 4000 miles this year! Whew. I’m exhausted just thinking about it! 🙂

    Have a great race this weekend!

    Comment by jen — December 1, 2010 @ 14:26

  5. bYou do realize that is an insane number of miles? I have a friend who runs 10 miles every single day… but you averaged over 15 miles a day… my goodness, how do you get rest days in there? Take tomorrow off… you’re in taper, silly!!!

    Comment by Lesley @ — December 1, 2010 @ 15:11

    • Let’s just say that rest days are a rare occurance…hahah

      Comment by marathonmaiden — December 2, 2010 @ 13:18

  6. Sounds like you had an awesome month. Hopefully the holidays will keep your good luck going! 🙂

    Comment by Amy @ Second City Randomness — December 1, 2010 @ 15:12

  7. Nice job on November! I am sure December will be good too, especially with the marathon and all! I do not know how you manage to run 454 miles in a month!

    Comment by J — December 1, 2010 @ 15:21

  8. Wow, that’s a lot of mileage for one month – congrats! 😀

    Comment by biz319 — December 1, 2010 @ 16:20

  9. Great month! Great nileage! Great everything! I’m thinking you are gonna kill it out there at DWR. Love that Citgo sign too.

    Comment by Marcia — December 1, 2010 @ 16:46

  10. You had an AMAZING November!! I am so happy for you. You ran so many miles….girl, you are my hero. Those muffins look so good, can’t wait for the recipe. Most of all I can’t wait to hear about your MARATHON!!

    Comment by janae — December 1, 2010 @ 17:33

  11. What a nice November you had! I love how you keep track of everything like that!

    Comment by Lindsay — December 1, 2010 @ 19:57

  12. wow



    Comment by Tricia — December 1, 2010 @ 20:29

  13. 454 mile and not enduring a stress fracture is just incredibly awesome! Nice job, chica!!

    Hey, can you please send me your mailing address for the blog gift exchange, so I can give it to your blog buddy??? Thanks, Chica 🙂

    Comment by Jill — December 1, 2010 @ 20:37

  14. what’s up with you being in the kitchen all the time? sheesh. tryin’ to find a boyfriend or something? 😉

    ummm. what’s up with 454 miles. what the heck?!? where do you squeeze in 100+ mile weeks?

    Comment by lindsay — December 1, 2010 @ 20:50

    • Maaaaaaaaaaaaaybe? The boys do like baked goods hahahah. I squeeze in those weeks before the sun rises. I basically don’t sleep 😉

      Comment by marathonmaiden — December 2, 2010 @ 13:20

  15. (that was a jealous-what-the-heck, not a you-are-crazy-what-the-heck)

    Comment by lindsay — December 1, 2010 @ 20:51

  16. awww YAY YAY November! I agree with you on a lot of the things that made last month great!…especially the social life 😉 I used to turn down outings with friends because I was “training” in the morning…blah blah, I’m sooo over that bizz!
    and I’m sooooo over this week so I can seee my sista!!
    weeeeeeeee…friday will be here in s flash! then we shall ROCK THE ROCK! I’m scarey nervous about how fast we are going to be able to pump this baby out!

    Comment by lizzyj1305 — December 1, 2010 @ 21:26

  17. Looks like you did a really good job of marathon prep in November. That is seriously a TON of miles. I’m sure it’ll serve you pretty well this weekend 🙂

    Comment by runningmanz — December 1, 2010 @ 22:01

  18. Congrats on an awesome November! 4000+ miles? Geez, that’s more miles than I flew this year…I think. Haha!
    Great job! Best of luck battling THE ROCK this weekend 🙂

    Comment by The Laminator — December 2, 2010 @ 00:27

  19. Wow, half your month was spent running. You must seriously love it (well, duh). I’m glad you had such a productive month! Hope December is much better! 😀

    Comment by sophia — December 2, 2010 @ 00:48

  20. Great job! You’re inspiring keeping up with all your running when you’re working so many hours.

    Comment by laura @ box run eat — December 2, 2010 @ 08:43

  21. I think you definitely had a fantastic November! It’s cool to compare to last year, too.
    I also think it’s awesome that you can keep such a hardcore training schedule while working and having fun!

    Comment by emily — December 2, 2010 @ 08:55

  22. You are a rockstar!!!! 🙂

    Comment by Terri — December 2, 2010 @ 09:32

  23. You had a great month! You’re a machine! Look at how much you are running compared to last year! So impressed.

    (Not sure about “drank the most tequila though”. LOL!)

    Comment by Kim — December 2, 2010 @ 11:37

  24. I am going to start treating my iphone like a new born babe too ha!

    Comment by janae — December 2, 2010 @ 11:45

  25. Nice job with November! I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again – you are going to ROCK this marathon 🙂

    Comment by Megan (The Runner's Kitchen) — December 2, 2010 @ 13:46

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  27. […] November: 454.1 miles (8:54 avg pace).  This was the month that training went “hardcore” for WR.  I also celebrated my birthday by running my age in kilometers.  I probably could have run my age in miles as I was training but km just was more appealing. Especially after going out to celebrate my birthday the night before. I also started the 100 pushups and 200 situps challenge. Woot. […]

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