October Run Mileage & Halloween Recap

As I get closer to the Disney Dopey Challenge (4 straight days of races: 5k, 10k, 13.1, 26.2), my training mileage is obviously increasing week by week and month by month.  I decided to look back at the past few months and see what I’ve been hitting.  It goes a little something like this:

August – 93 miles

September – 111 miles

October – 130 miles

Looks like the Hal Higdon plan I’m following increases about 20 miles per month.  I don’t want to look ahead and do the math to see if that will hold true, I’m just going to keep following it and trust that it will all work out.

That said, I think 130 miles in a month is a pretty good number.  I’m happy to have reached that.  But I know enough not to get all cocky about it.  Here’s why:  I have friends who do 100 mile races in a DAY.  I have friends who run up to 120 in a WEEK.  And the list goes on.  So there is always someone doing more, and there are always opportunities to do more.  I also have friends who run just a handful of miles a month, it’s all good as long as they’re out there!

Anyway, on to November and many more miles!

As for All Hallows Eve, it went well. The girl wanted to be a cowgirl (we’re assuming this since she can’t really talk, but she is obsessed with her pink cowgirl boots).

Cowgirls are udderly cute.

Cowgirls are udderly cute.

My boy wanted to be a ninja.  I’m guessing he wanted to be that because he has two imaginary friends who protect our house from a tree in the front yard.  They are named Go and Johnny Go.  They are ninjas.  My wife recently met a famous illustrator named David Hyde Costello, who graciously offered to sketch them for him.  Here’s what he drew:

Grif said the only inaccurate part is that one of them has a bow and arrow, not a sword. Shoulda known!

Grif said the only inaccurate part is that one of them has a bow and arrow, not a sword. Shoulda known!

I must go back and say that I can only ASSUME they are imaginary friends, because as my one friend pointed out, if they’re true ninjas, then they cannot be seen!  Here’s Griffin in his costume:

Do not cross him.

Do not cross him unless you want to taste steel (or plastic, as it were).

And it just so happens that I have access to a ninja outfit as well.  So I told him I’d dress up with him, but I don’t do normal costumes, it has to have a twist.  I decided on adding a red wig and going as a Ginja (ginger ninja).

I'm a ninja with attitude.

I’m a ginja with attitude.

So there you have it, another month of run training down, and another successful Halloween!

What about you?  How’s your mileage looking?  What’s you dress up as for Halloween?  Do you have any imaginary friends?

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18 thoughts on “October Run Mileage & Halloween Recap

  1. TartanJogger

    Your kids are just too cute, and their outfits are fab!
    i LOVE the ginja! That really made me laugh! 😀

  2. You’re kiddos must have been so proud trick or treating ;).

    And I gotta say I LOVE that your son has two ninjas that protect the house. Freaking adorable! I miss having an imagination sometimes haha

  3. aww your kids are so cute.

    I see a spiderman halloween basket 🙂

  4. LOL holy moley those kids are cute! Love the ginger ninja. Fairly certain you should pick my Halloween costumes from now on.

    My weekly mileage hovers around 20 miles. I can’t wait for that to increase, but I’m going to listen to Hal since he’s prevented (my) injuries thus far.

    • Deal. Just to warn you tho, my costumes take extra effort to put em together!

      Yes, each week I see more and more the genius behind his plans! Don’t forget to cross train too to hep avoid the injuries!

      • Hmm maybe I’ll rethink this Halloween costume deal…

        Definitely! I tend to leave cross training as an afterthought but I know it’s necessary!

      • As someone who has dealt with IT Band issues, I would strongly recommend to never skip the cross training. Being hurt before was a miserable experience!

  5. Shouldn’t you have been a pirate ninja?

    Your daughter is sooo freaking cute. And your son — he looks like he could beat me up 😉

  6. Love the pics! Glad you had a good month of training (and 130 miles isn’t just for anybody so be proud!)

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