*Weekly mileage ~ Nov. 28-Dec. 4*

Mileage for the week of November 28th – December 4th

Total weekly mileage: 32.5

Total November mileage: 126.5

Total December mileage: 23.5

Total year-to-date (2016) mileage: 1,353.25

Week in review:

11/28      No run/sick

11/29      29:15 min./3 mi./9:43 pace

11/30      25:04 min./2.9 mi./8:39 pace (NP PR day)

27:16 min./3.10 mi./8:48 pace

12/1       45:28 min./5 mi./9:08 pace

12/2      45:25 min./5 mi./9:05 pace

12/3      30:50 min./3.5 mi./8:49 pace

12/4      1:21:06 min./10 mi./8:07 pace

This week was a mixed bag that, all considered, turned out decent enough. Most of my runs were done at an easy pace with the first few days focused on trying to get back to 100% after a flu/stomach bug. The week culminated with my first double-digit run since the Portland Marathon.

I’m still ironing out some kinks but I’ve got a whole post in progress regarding the new training cycle I’ve just started. All of the sudden on Saturday afternoon, it occurred to me that I already have less than 16 weeks to prepare for the LA Marathon. The realization sent me into a state of urgency to get to business. I had intended to be more organized in planning my training for this cycle. Not the best way to start what I’m hoping will be… well, I’ll share more on that later, but it’s starting to come together. Even if most of it is still in my head. (I’m a HUGE advocate for writing out goals, plans, checklists, to-dos, the like and this step is really important to me.)

Anyway, busy, busy. As usual!

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*From burnout to rebuilding*

Guys. If you don’t subscribe to Runner’s World, do yourself a favor and pick up the current issue. I’ve connected with several of you that have recently experienced some of the same things I have been… basically burnout… and there is a lot of good info in this months issue.

Intuitively, I sensed I was heading for trouble a couple of weeks ago. I found some comfort in seeing this:

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I was suffering from 5 out of 6 of these red flags!

Another article in the same issue has me fired up about making some revisions to my training plan! I’m taking it slow as I ease my way back, focusing first on building up my mileage before I work on getting some of my lost speed back, so with that in mind, I’m also revisiting Matt Fitzgerald’s book 80/20 Running. It feels like a good fit for where I’m at right now.

Yesterday, I ran my 12th half marathon. I did not “race” it but rather used it as a training run since I’m feeling a bit behind schedule in my training for the Portland Marathon. Honestly, it was pretty slow and the competitive spirit within me was feeling deflated. But on the plus side, I felt good for the most part, only having a few SI joint flare-ups the last half, and I have to give myself a little credit for knocking out 13 miles after a few rough months and a week off.

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How to achieve what you desire.

At any rate, I’m going to embrace this rebuilding phase. I’m plotting out what it is that I want and how I’m going to get there. And then I’m going to get to work!