Last July, I ran 160 miles training for the Darlington Marathon.
Needless to say, I didn’t come close to that mileage this July, since I’m recovering from the injury (and not training for a marathon)- but I had quite a few solid runs and lots of cross training. July wasn’t my highest mileage or fastest month ever, but I’m proudly hitting the pavement 4-5 times a week again.
Running Mileage: 87 miles, including the final Race the Landing 5K (All American Night). A few of these were run/walk miles from the first two weeks of July.
Cycling Mileage: 189 miles (9 spin classes)
BodyPump: 7 classes
BodyFlow: 1 class
I also took a few complete rest days, like the Saturday when Clay and I visited his parents. Running keeps me busy when I’m not with my family, so I like to make the most of my (limited) family time and not think about running.
I’ve eased back in, so I haven’t run intervals or ventured back to the track. After the cuboid stress reaction, I don’t want to risk another injury. The first week of July, I ran/walked 9 miles, followed by 13, 22, 25, and 17 miles so far this week. I’ve also built my long run up to 8 miles, and once I get my weekly mileage into the 30-35 range, I’ll integrate speed into that.
Although hot, August is one of the best months of the year because college football begins. An amazing Fall weekend begins with your high school team winning on Friday night, a fun Saturday morning run or race, and spending Saturday afternoon recovering on the couch, cheering on your favorite college teams.
Tailgating rocks too, and hopefully we’ll spend at least one Saturday driving two hours up I-26 to Williams Brice Stadium to see the Gamecocks (I promise we’ve been since 2008, guess I just didn’t take pics).
For August, I have *zero* race plans. Let’s be honest, the heat and humidity are brutal and not many races occur in South Carolina this month. I’d rather rebuild my mileage instead of running a mediocre race, taxing my body, and spending the next few days recovering from it.
Since I’m not racing, I’m going to join about 40 other crazy Charleston/Mt. Pleasant running friends on the MooreOnRunning Road Trip, where we run 5 trails all over South Carolina in a single day. Fun trails and fun people- what better way to rebuild my monthly mileage? In a few weeks, my friend Paul is attempting a 50K in honor of turning 50, so I plan to support and run a bit with him (crewing, I guess).
Here’s to an August filled with fun, friends, fitness, and football!