Helloooo July!! Mid-Year Review

It’s crazy to think half the year is gone! Is it me, or did it fly by??

I love new months. I know that we shouldn’t wait for a new month or a new week to start anything, that we should start whenever we have the urge or desire or want to, but there’s something about the beginning of a new month that gets me excited about what’s to come. Usually this is when I’m the most motivated.

I uploaded last night’s run (I somehow didn’t learn and went out again in 104 degree weather–106 according to my Garmin info) and looked at my total miles for the month. It was my lowest to date.

There’s nothing wrong with that and honestly I needed a low mileage month. Leading into marathon training, I purposefully wanted to lessen my mileage and rest the legs.

Looking at June’s miles made me want to look at the rest of the year. I had set a goal back in January to run 1000 miles in 2014–a goal that I didn’t care if I met or not but was interested to see how close I got.

Then I started looking at all I’ve done up to this point. I was busy!

Here’s January-June Mid Year Review:

January
Total Miles: 93.75

I ran my sub 2 hour goal half marathon this month and rocked it! I was also pretty deep into marathon training at this point.

February
Total Miles: 77.46

This month was taper month. I ran a great 10k where I placed in my age group and got my first double medal 🙂

March
Total Miles: 93.58

March Marathon Madness!!! My first marathon!!! Unforgettable. Hard. Life-changing.

I learned so much from my first. I love that I don’t have anything to compare it to yet–right now, it’s my best one 🙂 And you never really forget your first.

April
Total Miles: 85.3

Hello Europe!! I was still running pretty consistently here as I prepared for Rock n Roll Madrid, Spain. Another remarkable, unforgettable moment in my life. Traveling through Spain, Italy, and France with my husband was just the best ever.

This was also the month my brother, sister, and I ran our first race together–a family 5k 🙂 (I PR’d in the rain!)

May
Total Miles: 62.95

Oh this is the month I crossed the Grand Canyon twice, no big deal. 😀

June
Total Miles: 47.19

REST!!! You can tell from how busy I’ve been that I needed a good ‘ol month of rest. And even then I had to spice things up by doing my first trail race (and first night race)!

I can’t even explain how excited I am for the rest of the year. I have so much to look forward to (my son turns 1!) and am already so blessed. I’m especially glad I have this outlet where I can document my experiences–sometimes I go back and look at old posts, it’s like sifting through a memory album 🙂

Screenshot_2014-05-28-21-16-05-1Thank you for being a part of my journey! Here’s to the rest of 2014!
–Do new months motivate you?

–How has your year been so far? Running and life-wise??

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23 responses

  1. I am SO with you, on the first of the month I get really motivated for what’s to come!

    Your mileage this year has been awesome. Rock and Roll Madrid must have been AMAZING!!!! I am looking around for a race I can do when I’m in Europe for a week this fall. The only problem is the race would need to be a 5K or 10K because my trip is the week before my marathon lol. Bad planning on my part!

  2. I absolutely can’t believe that the year is half over. I also refuse to acknowledge that summer is flying by and soon it will be over. New months are always exciting for me because they clean the slate. Congrats on your mileage so far!

  3. That is one of my favorite quotes – one of the absolute best ways to look at life whether you’re riding a high or struggling through a low.
    I always love reading other blogger’s posts like this around June/July and December/January. Maybe I just love re-living experiences through people =) This year hasn’t been off to quite the start like 2013 was for me, but I’m ok with it. I have other things going on in my life, and we can’t be expected to be in PR shape and on a motivation high all year, every year. What matters is good things are happening, I have much to look forward to, & I’m still 110% in love with this sport. 😀

    • I totally agree–I’ve thought about this a lot. I knew this year would be special (especially the first half) because I’m at home and not working. It’s allowed me to do so much–things I definitely wouldn’t be able to do had I been working and the motivation high is at its peak. I go back in a month and I know things will be different but I’m excited for the change and the challenges that it will be bring. Like you said, no matter what, I’ll always be in love with this sport 🙂

  4. Wow, you have had an amazing 6 months!! And the next will only get better..you get to meet Salt and I 🙂

  5. Way to keep on keepin on. I don’t know what it is about 1000 miles in a year that people seem to reach for. It does seem like a good goal though. I was able to reach it last year no problem cause of the Dopey training. It’ll be iffy this year. I think it’s still pretty doable – we have 12 months to get er done!

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