I definitely feel like the spring and summer months always go by faster than the winter months. That makes sense, because every winter I feel like I am stuck inside and constantly complaining about the weather. Even though I complain about the humidity, I would much rather deal with that than the ice/snow/wind etc.
Now that July is over, it’s time for my monthly check in to see how I am doing with my goals. You can read my other monthly recaps here:
-While I am not sure if this will be the year for a sub-1:40 half, I am finally signed up for my first (and probably only) half-marathon on 2015! I’m running the half in the Baltimore Running Festival in October, which I also ran last year.
-I know I won’t be running 2015 miles this year (I’m at 500 as of August 2nd), and I will probably run about 7-8 races.
-I’m still doing alot of my strength work and will continue doing so as I start marathon training. My coach has helped me to incorporate my rehab exercises into my training 3 days a week, as well as a session dedicated to strength training.
-This was probably my worst month of planking. I’m hoping to get back into the habit when my training plan says “core work” because planks are one of my favorite core exercises.
-This month I read Summerlong by Dean Bakopoulos which I read about on Tara’s blog. I am looking forward to reading alot of books when I go on vacation thanks to all the recommendations I got last week!
-I’ll talk more about my marathon goals in another post, but my focus for this year will not be a BQ, but rather to finish strong and healthy. Considering I didn’t even know if I would do a marathon in 2015 I don’t want to push my luck.
-I feel like I have not been good about variety this month, especially now that I don’t have a gym. But I did take a week almost completely off from running at the end of the month- that should count as variety! It’s something I don’t do very often, but I wanted to rest up before I started training this week.
July 2015 Stats and Highlights
Total miles: 94- another new monthly high for the year!
Best run: This is tough because I can’t really remember which runs were from July and which were from other months? I do know one of my favorites was getting out to explore the NCR trail.
Also, racing the Pikesville 5k– I felt strong and back to my pre-injury speed!
Favorite Non-Running Activity: I guess I would have to say strength training, although I think I said that last month. My options are limited these days.
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Biggest accomplishment: Signing up for a marathon, and deciding to work with a coach!
Set-backs and struggles: Nothing that I can think of!
Things I’m looking forward to in August: The start of marathon training, of course! Today is day 1! Also, going on vacation next week.
What were some July highlights for you?
What are you looking forward to in August?