Between my time off running this summer and my little break from blogging, I’ve gotten out of the habit of doing monthly check-ins. This week’s topic for Tuesday’s on the Run is “Best and Worst of Summer”. I thought I would recap my summer all in one post. Don’t worry, it won’t be too long since there wasn’t much running happening this summer!
I was pretty optimistic in June as I finally got my orthotics and was running a little bit in them. That is, until the blister happened. I ran throughout the whole month of June and hit about 50 miles total.
Early in July I knew that I couldn’t continue to run in the orthotics because of the blister they were causing. After I sent the orthotics back to be adjusted my ankle started acting up again. I got fed up and decided to take some time off of running until things felt better. In July I ran about 20 miles.
I joined a gym and started doing elliptical workouts. I had hoped to spend more time in the pool but it was difficult to pool run in a shallow pool.
When I think back on July, I just think of how hectic work was during that month. I felt like it helped to distract me from the fact that I wasn’t running. However, I also think running would have helped me to deal with some of the stress of it all.
I was still having some ankle trouble in early August, but by the middle of the month it was finally starting to feel better. I started running agin the week of August 22nd and ran less than 10 miles.
In the middle of August we took a trip to Charleston which was a nice break at the end of a busy summer!
The end of August and beginning of September was a rough transition back to running, but finally last week I started to make some progress.
I also kept up with my strength training all summer. While I didn’t have a training plan to follow for running, it was nice to have specific workouts planned to keep up with my strength work.
While this was not a good summer for running, it allowed me to focus on other things. It was probably the fastest summer of my life but I probably say that every year. If nothing else, I’ve learned that patience it the key to this process. If I had spent most of the summer trying to run through this injury I would probably be set back even further. Now I just hope to be able to enjoy fall, which is another great season for running!
How was your running this summer?
Do you think this summer went by quickly?
Does time off running give you a chance to focus on other things?