Run every day in November plan = Fail!

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Happy almost-Thanksgiving!  I’ve been busy all day with cooking for our first turkey-less turkey day, and there’s still lots more to do, so this post will just be a quick one.

Well, the title says it all — I took Sunday and Monday off from running.  I said at the beginning of this challenge to run every day in November that I wasn’t going to do anything stupid, and if I needed a break then I’d take one.  The funny thing is, I didn’t really feel like I needed a break after running 12 miles at JFK on Saturday.  But then I woke up Sunday morning with a weird tingling/numbness/pain in my right hip.  It actually hurt just to walk around Sunday morning!

I have no idea what this was about, because after two days off it’s totally gone.  I ran 10 miles yesterday and 7 today (in my Vibram FiveFingers, again) and everything feels great, so I’m not worried.  But taking two days off was the right thing to do.

My bitching out on my challenge is made a little more excusable by the fact that I’ve done some two-a-days.  So while I wasn’t able to run every day in November, I have averaged a run every day in November so far.  See, math comes in handy!

Far more important than this is the fact that the challenge served its purpose.  I’m feeling a million times better than I was when I set this goal as a means to get myself out of a little rut I was in, mentally.  It’s amazing how when you’re feeling sluggish and lazy, doing the thing that’s hardest to do (getting outside and moving) can be exactly the thing you need to give you more energy.  That, combined with eating a cleaner, greener diet with lots of vegan meals, has left me with more energy than I’ve had in a long time.  And I have an 18-mile trail run on Saturday, so it will be needed.

Alright, that’s all for now.  I’ll be sure to take lots of pictures of the food we make for our first veggie Thanksgiving.  Enjoy your Thanksgiving, and don’t forget to actually be thankful for something!  Like having carpet in your house instead of hot lava, for example.

P.S. There’s still time to enter my Recovery Sock giveaway.  And wouldn’t you know it, I’ve already got another great one lined up after that!

P.P.S.  Want more to read?  Check out Megan’s newest Running Shorts post on fall foods for runners.  Better yet: print it out and be the coolest one at your Thanksgiving table!



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  1. Happy Thanksgiving! Can’t wait to see what you’ll have on your plate. Tofurky? 😉 probably not
    .-= Evan Thomas´s last blog ..Fried Food Makes You Feel Better =-.

  2. My kids like to pretend that the carpet is hot lava. They hop around the living room furniture.

  3. Happy Early Thanksgiving, I’m also excited to see what on the menu for tomorrow!!

  4. Glad the bit of rest helped your hip – I imagine numbness isn’t exactly a good sign! I’m sure your dinner will be delicious and I can’t wait to see pictures. Happy Thanksgiving!
    .-= Katherine´s last blog ..Emotional Eating 101 – A Spark Wellness Teleclass Recap =-.

  5. Matt – Happy Thanksgiving to the two of you! Glad rest helped!!!!
    .-= Nicki´s last blog ..Happy Thanksgiving! =-.

  6. The t-shirt came in time and I ran my first 10k! I finished in 55:46… I know that’s not competitive, but I’m just psyched to have done it in under an hour! I think I might be getting addicted to running!! I rocked my NMA shirt with pride… can’t wait to show you a photo!
    .-= Sarah´s last blog ..Le Marché =-.

  7. Doesn’t sound like fail to me – sounds like being sensible. The body needs a break every now and then. 🙂
    .-= JavaChick´s last blog ..We saw the Olympic Torch! =-.

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