November Goals and Highlights

Is it just me, or did October not happen? I seriously feel like this month passed by in a blink, which is weird because I don't feel like anything big happened. Usually months like this seem to drag on, but somehow this one flew by! It was such a great and relaxing month, which is needed because my November is going to be crazy with a few trips coming up. Since I haven't been traveling much at all in the past two years it's going to be a bit stressful but I'm really looking forward to seeing some friends and family, along with a trip to the beach. Can't wait to share!

My highlight of October was visiting the North Carolina State Fair! This is an event I've heard about since we moved here and I knew I wanted to go since I've never been to one before. It was so much bigger and more amazing than I expected- there were food vendors serving up everything you can imagine, amazing music acts constantly playing, fun rides and roller coasters that would compete with any amusement park, and more. We went on the most ideal day which just added to the enjoyment and we capped off the day with a visit to a new brewery. Perfection!

Let's take a look at how my goals went this month-

2021 Combined Miles

January -  44 running miles and 218 bike miles for a total of 262 miles
February - 32 running miles and 206 bike miles for a total of 238 miles. 
March - 36 running miles and 113 bike miles for a total of 149 miles.
April - 31 running miles and 118 bike miles for a total of 149 miles.
May - 26 running miles and 97 bike miles for a total of 123 miles.
June - 33 running miles and 59 bike miles for a total of 92 miles.
July - 50 running miles and 85 bike miles for a total of 135 miles.
August - 50 running miles and 141 bike miles for a total of 191 miles.
September - 54 running miles and 79 bike miles for a total of 133 miles.
October - 74 running miles and 114 bike miles for a total of 188 miles.

So far, I've done a total of 1,660 miles, and have 361to go. Two more months left in the year which would be an average of 180 miles per month...Let's go!!

Go On (at least) One Long Hike

Did it! Earlier in the month I made a trip up to Eno River State Park for a beautiful hike with some friends. It was the most perfect day and the first cooler weekend, so it definitely felt like the start to fall.

Close Rings Everyday

Done! I was actually surprised at how easily I did this goal, because I usually have a handful of days where I'm nowhere close to closing all three rings. I guess that starting each day with the intention of moving more helped me do this, and also running/biking/walking more than usual helped a bunch as well.

Test Out New Cookbook Every Week

Done and really enjoyed this goal. I ended up checking out two cookbooks a week and it definitely inspired me to cook more and meal plan a lot better. Some of my favorites were Cook This Book (which I shared here), Smitten Kitchen Everyday, and East Meets Vegan.

Visit the State Farmers Market

I actually ended up going to the farmers market twice in October! It's a HUGE place- a few outdoor booths with fresh produce, baked goods, plants, and pumpkins (really curious to see what goes in that spot when it's not fall!), as well as an indoor area with prepared food, nuts, and spices. There's also a few restaurants that we skipped, and a gigantic landscaping shop. I liked going and browsing but need to go back more often and try some of the amazing produce! This month I started to explore more of the Asian supermarkets (H Mart is my new favorite store) and have been experimenting with that cuisine, but maybe next month I'll switch back. 

I'm going to take a break from goals in November since it'll be so busy, but I'm hoping to have a fun, safe, and healthy month. I hope all of you do as well!


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