November Rewind and December Goals

Before these days start ticking by, I want to quickly wrap-up November and set some goals to close out 2017!

I had 4 goals for November:

  • 30 Days of Movement
  • Complete the #RunNovemberChallenge
  • Strength Train 3x’s/week
  • 150 Minutes of Planking (5 minutes/day)

Thanks to the #RunNovemberChallenge, I hit 27 days of my 30 days of movement goal. As I run-fessed, long days in the car for Thanksgiving travel derailed my “streak”, but I’m still pretty pleased with how this challenge went – it was perfect for this non-run-streaker since I could complete my minimum daily mile with either a run or a walk.

Please don’t ask me how many miles I racked up – I did a terrible job of tracking. Same holds true for my total planking minutes. While there was daily planking and I know I hit my 5-minute goal the majority of the days, there were definitely a couple of days towards the end of the month where I was short.

Strength training 3 days a week proved to be ambitious given some of the crazy busy weeks I had this month between work and the solo parenting duties. In the end, I hit the gym twice a week – which is probably a more realistic commitment, especially once I return to a race training plan.

So while there were a few misses, I’d say overall this was a pretty solid month.

And the plan for December?

Given how busy things can get around the holidays, I’m going to keep these goals pretty simple.

  • Ease back into training – With a couple of races figured out for February, it’s time to hit the register button and then get back to something that resembles a training plan.
  • Continue the focus on strength work – I’m running pain-free and I want to keep it that way. I will continue to meet up with my friend E for weekly gym sessions on Wednesdays and see if I can get her to join me for my Friday sessions.
  • Make sleep a priority – I was running a sleep deficit most of November, which is just no bueno, so time to turn that around.

So how was your November? What are you focusing on this month?

I’m joining Holly & Tricia for the Weekly Wrap.

I’m also joining Marcia, Erika, and Patty for Tuesdays on the Run.



  1. Sleep, yes yes yes! I need to be so much better about this, especially in this crazy holiday season.
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  2. Glad to hear that you are running pain free these days! I haven’t been having great sleep as well. I definitely need to make it a priority this month.
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  3. I would definitely say that you had a solid month in November – congrats! Love your goals for December – especially getting more sleep. I feel like good quality sleep is so rare, especially at the time of year.
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  4. I’d say November was a huge victory! I ramp up training for Gasparilla mid-month and I shudder to think about it. Everything is so overwhelming right now.
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  5. You had a great month! I wish I could even attempt to plank for 5 minutes LOL…if I make it to 1.5 I’m feeling good, ha! I have a sleep goal for December too…I’ve been really struggling since Daylight Savings.
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  6. You are wise to keep December goals simple …it’s just too crazy of a month for lofty ones! 🙂

    I, too, fell short of my strength training goals …it’s just too hard to fit them in with holidays and training for a race. I really hope to get back at it once this marathon is behind me. I agree with you …two days per week is more realistic, especially when you are raising a family!
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  7. You had a pretty solid November! I am all about extra sleep!
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  8. November was a great month for you! Being pain free is the best thing of all. If you find the magic solution for getting better sleep, let me know. I’ve always struggled in that department. Thanks for linking!

  9. I love that you have sleep as a goal for December! It’s so easily breezed over and yet so important! Hope you have a great month!
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