November 2018 Goals

As shown by my lack of blogging during the past month, October was a whirlwind and jam packed month.  It was filled with lots of family time, running the Chicago Marathon, and spending time getting my new side business up and running.  It was a busy, but also good, month.

Although I never formally wrote out any goals for the month I did have two goals in October.

1.  Log at least 105 miles.

Grade: F

Needless to say, my motivation to workout really fizzled after Chicago.  Although I have completed some workouts since the race, I haven’t run once since the big race.  Our entire family has also been battling a bad cough over the past couple of weeks, which on some days has interfered with my ability to workout at all.

Around mile 3 of the Chicago Marathon

Not counting any miles that I log this afternoon, my October mileage total is 65.5 miles, only 62% of my monthly goal.  Surprisingly, this wasn’t my lowest mileage month of the year (May was when I logged only 54.6 miles) but it certainly was far from a great month in terms of my mileage.

2.  PR at the Chicago Marathon.

Grade: A

My official finish time was 5:20:13, which was just over 3 minutes faster than my 2017 finish time.  Mission accomplished!  And once I have time to sit down and focus on writing a recap, I cannot wait to share all of the details from the big race!

With only two months left in 2018 I am determined to finish the year out strong.  To do so, I have some pretty ambitious goals for November.

1.  Log at least 125 miles.

In order to meet my 2018 goal of 1,200 miles I need to log another 250 miles between now and the end of the year.  I’ll be honest, I’m not sure that this is realistic at this point, but if I don’t try then I will never know what I am capable of accomplishing.  Hopefully I will get rid of the nasty cough that I’m currently battling sooner than later so that I can start running again.  Until then, my cardio will consist of walking and spending time on the elliptical.

2.  Get enough sleep.

Sleep is something that I’ve really been struggling with over the past couple of weeks.  Although I don’t have any trouble falling asleep at night, I routinely wake up in the middle of the night and struggle to fall back asleep.  I’m sure this is part of why I came down with the cough that I currently have.  Whatever it takes, I need to get more sleep.

3.  Increase my shop inventory to at least 200 items.

In preparation for holiday shopping, which I hope to benefit from, I need to focus on taking more pictures of my inventory and posting more items for sale online in my Kidizen shop.  There are currently 58 items posted for sale in my shop.  I have more than enough inventory in order to reach my ambitious goal, I simply need to carve out the time in order to post more of the kids’ clothing for sale that has taken over my basement.

QOTD: What are your goals for November?  Are you on track with your yearly goals?

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7 Responses to November 2018 Goals

  1. For some reason I feel.October is a busy month all around ( as i think the remainder of the year will be). Good luck to you in your side business. That’s really cool!

  2. Farrah says:

    I hope you and your family feel/get better soon! Major props to you on your PR at the Chicago Marathon, and best of luck to you on your November goals! :]!

  3. AJ says:

    Great goals for November!

  4. Struggling to stay asleep in the middle of the night is SO frustrating! I battled with that through a lot of the summer, and it was the worst. I don’t know if this will help you at all, but since my therapist recommended it to me, I figured I’d pass it along: to help lull yourself back to sleep, inhale for a count of seven, then exhale for a count of seven. Inhale for a count of six, exhale for a count of six. Keep doing that all the way until you get to inhale for one, exhale for one. If you forget where you are in the middle of it, you have to start back over at seven, and if you get all the way down to one and haven’t fallen back asleep yet, you also start back over at seven. It’s not a magic trick and doesn’t put me to sleep instantly, but it does at least give me something soothing to put my mind on rather than ruminating about how frustrated I am that I’m awake when I should be asleep.

  5. October I feel has beat me. I got out of a relationship October 1st, I started a new job October 1st and it’s been a whirlwind. If I don’t take a mild sleeping pill I won’t sleep at all. Good luck on your goals!

  6. Liz Dexter says:

    I have made a massive effort with my sleep, and my husband is doing this, too, getting heads on pillows by 10.30 maximum but preferably nearer 10, and even though I do wake in the night and have trouble getting off again, we are feeling better for it.

    Have a good November and concentrate on being well and strong over pushing out too many miles. Look after yourself!

  7. Karen :0) says:

    After a big race, we all deserve a break. Great job in October and good luck with your November goals!

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