Whew!! It’s been a crazy couple of weeks, but don’t you worry–I’m still alive, I’m still running. I know all 5 of you reading have been anxiously awaiting my recaps ❤ I’ll keep it
somewhat brief since I have two to cover 😀
July was cray. August looks like it wants to give it competition.
Monday, July 17th–5 steady miles on hilly route
I met up with a BQ training buddy. Forgot to start my watch but got the 5 miles in. This was the beginning of a cut-back week and I was so thankful for “just” five miles.
Tuesday, July 18th–2 easy miles, strength training
Two easy miles on the treadmill and some strength exercises–squats, core. I haven’t been as diligent on these cross training days, to be honest. I do some exercises, but I know I could/should be doing more.
Wednesday, July 19th–Rest
I switched my Wednesday workout to Thursday so I took today off (which technically, was supposed to be another cross training day).
Thursday, July 20th–2 mile WU, 3 x 800 meters in 3:48 (7:40 pace) 1 minute RI, 3 x 800 meters in 3:28 (7:00 pace), 2 minute RI, CD
It was a very early start (4:45 a.m.) but it got done. I struggled pretty mightily with the second set of 800s (like major huffing and puffing) and was crazy shocked I nailed it.
Friday, July 21st–3 easy miles
In the hood, easy peasy.
Later that evening, I went to the Tim McGraw/Faith Hill concert (country music folk) and didn’t get home til midnight. That kinda derailed my long run plans for the following morning.
Saturday, July 22nd–Rest
I couldn’t. I had planned to meet up with a friend at 4 to get in a downhill 12 miler but there was no way that was going to happen on three hours’ sleep.
Sunday, July 23rd–12 miles downhill, 8:49 avg
So this was my son’s birthday and we celebrated the day/night before. Despite the craziness (and lack of sleep), I felt really good on this run. Downhill helps, of course, lol!! I went out and did the first 12 miles of the Phoenix Marathon. I think I could run that course in my sleep. I think I kinda did, LOL.
Total Miles: 29.25
Monday, July 24th–Rest
It was my kids’ first day of school, so running in the morning wasn’t happening. And when I picked them up after school, I was so excited to hear about their day, the last thing I wanted to do was leave them to run.
So I didn’t run.
Tuesday, July 25th–2 easy miles, strength training
Treadmill miles and core. I texted my coach about the missed workout and she gave me the okay to just nix it and move on.
Wednesday, July 26th–2 miles WU, 3x800UP/DOWN, 1 mile CD
I decided to try squeezing in a run before school drop off….yeah…nope. It was just too much driving to meet up with friends, run, drive home, get kids fed/dressed, take kids to school
Anyway, the workout was tough but the fact I had teammates there helped push me to try a lot harder than if I had been on my own.
Thursday, July 27th–Rest
Nothing. No core, no strength training…nothing.
Friday, July 28th–16 miles
So my husband is also training for St. George and he always gets one weekend day to long run. I had an event on Sunday (that wouldn’t allow me to run) but I couldn’t take his Saturday. Which meant….long run on Friday!!!
It was insane. I woke up at 3:45, rolled out of bed and headed downstairs. I got on the treadmill for 6 miles–at five a.m. immediately ran out for 7 miles and then came back home to finish off the last 3 on the treadmill.
I don’t usually like running this way (who does?) but I didn’t want to be running in the dark outside on my own at 3:45 in the the morning and I didn’t want to do the entire 16 on the treadmill. It wasn’t conventional, but it got the job done.
Saturday, July 29th–Glorious Rest
Sunday, July 30th–1.5 easy miles
It was my Moms Run This Town chapter’s 3rd Annual Summer Virtual 5k. Each year I’ve put on this event with my co-leaders and each year, it just keeps getting better. I absolutely love organizing it (I think it’s the teacher in me) and I love bringing women together for something so fun–running!
Checking runners in
At the start line
Handing out finisher medals
Total Miles: 25.52
Total Miles for July: 149.01
It was a pretty crazy month of hot runs, long runs, bad runs, hilly runs, early runs, and fast runs–but I’m still trucking along. I’m still not sure about this BQ; I’m not sure I’ll ever be confident about it. But I’m proud that I’m continuing to train, continuing to give the best that I can. Two more months! 😀
–Have you ever had to break up runs between treadmill and outside?
–How was your July?
–Can you believe it’s August?!?