November is usually a down time for me. I don't have any marathons planned for this month and I am recovering from my 5 in 7 week binge from August to October. I always tell runners that you need to record and write down your mileage. I purchased a big new calendar last week and started filling it in with all the marathons listed on the RW calendar. I would like to do 18 next year, which is just over double my 2008 total. That means I will have to start early - like January 3rd the Running from an Angel Marathon outisde of Las Vegas. I have heard a lot of good things about Joyce and Calico racing so I am going to take the plunge and enter some of her races. It's about a 6 hour drive from here which isn't too bad as long as we don't get a ton of new snow around the beginning of the year. The race looks well organized, and hopefully I can either take the whole family ( neg. is no sleep before the race) or find another runner or two to carpool with from central or northern Utah.
So I started my November training with a 10.81 mile run Saturday morning with a new group that was being organized at the local Fleet Feet store. There were about 9 who showed up. After a mile we separated into a lead group of 4 of us that ran about 8:15-8:30 per mile and a second group. We waited periodically for the others to catch up. Adam and Kent seem about my pace so I think I will go again and try to keep some longer runs going this winter. I may even do Death Valley in December if I decide to stay on 30+ miles per week for November.
Then last night I did a 5 miler at 9pm . It wasn't too cold but rained after the first mile or so. I ran about 42 mins which was a little slower than normal but I took it very easy the first half then picked the pace up coming south to the Manila chapel.This morning I went to vote at 7am but there were already 250 people in line at the school so decided to come home and try later on . Time to work on the blog and do my situps.
It is a beautiful day... I have already decided that before I do anything.
And Paula Radcliffe is still the best femaile marathoner in the world. 2:15:25 is the record at London. I just wish NBC would show more than 1 hour of the NYC marathon and include footage of the mere mortals in the race.