I did not set any goals for July. What? Gasp! Shocker! What was I thinking?
I had a lot of things happening in July, and just never got around to fine-tuning any specifics on a strategy to get through the month. I know, my bad. Sometimes, though, not having stuff etched in stone can work in one's favor.
Here's how July played out:
Good grief, Charlie Brown, would you believe I had five races this month?
|July race bibs|
Holy Planking Plethora, Batman! I took part in Rachel's 5-Minute Planking Challenge, and my planking took on a life of its own. Granted, I have been doing daily 2:30-minute planks for several years, so the first part of the Challenge was easy peasy. The final 10 days or so, once the planking holds increased beyond those 2:30 minutes, things got serious. There was even one day when I accidentally did a 4-minute plank when it was supposed to be a 4:30-minute plank (#facepalm)...so I took one for the team and did ANOTHER plank, for the correct amount of time. All told, my planking minutes for July came in at 100...and I've got the calloused elbows to show for it.
|Michelle and I even planked as a team while in Chicago for the R'n'R ReMix|
A new venture for me recently has been doing weekly HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) work. Wow! I never thought I'd enjoy this stuff so much, but the adrenaline rush after a mere 30-40 minutes of serious sweating is pretty sweet! These all have been workouts I have created on my own, so they're probably not as long (or even as intense) as those you'd experience in a gym, but they have been upping my energy level, and dare I say, a few pounds have melted away in the process. All of my HIIT workouts involve push-ups, burpees, various upper body strength moves (usually as an "active rest" component), and there's usually an extended cardio segment (stair climbs, running sprints, walking lunges, etc.). It's been a fun little step outside of my comfort zone!
|Yes, you can burpee and smile about it|
Well, low and behold, July handed me my highest mileage month since before Voldie made his appearance (remember Voldie? The unsightly scar on my knee from that unfortunate surgery a year ago?). We're talking 98 miles here (and, no, I am not going to head out before the midnight hour and try to knockout two more miles to reach the century mark). The thing is, I was logging my miles after each run (and race), but I was not keeping an ongoing total. I didn't feel like I was forcing any "extra" miles or overdoing anything. I was just running on my usual days (with an occasional race here and there).
|just running...and enjoying the gift|
Over all, I'm giving July 2018 two ginormous thumbs up. As I have referenced in most of my posts in the past several months, I'm grateful for every run. I'm grateful for the gift of running. I'm grateful I have the choice to run...a year ago at this time, I didn't have any of that as I sat out the summer while Voldie healed.
Anyways, enough about me and my July...tell me something about yours! Mileage? Any great races? Training milestones?
**I'm linking up with Marcia and Patty and Erika for Tuesdays on the Run.
Great job on your July running! Age group wins, blogger meetups, and high mileage - wow. Here's to an amazing August as well.ReplyDelete
I'm ready for another great month...bring it!Delete
Glad you had such a great month! Hopefully it helps make up for everything you missed out on last summer. Great job with all those races1ReplyDelete
Yes, July 2018, indeed, was much better than 2017 ;-)Delete
You had an awesome July - just look at how many things you accomplished!ReplyDelete
Thanks, Kim ;-)Delete
You definitely had a stellar July! I love not keeping a running total (ha!) of miles - that makes the final adding up process just that more fun! I've been tracking mine because I'm trying to gauge how I'm really feeling and how that relates to mileage increases but normally, I just like to run and enjoy it all.ReplyDelete
5 races in July?! Whoop!!! And 100 planking minutes?!?! WHOOP WHOOP!
I was totally surprised at my running miles...I was guessing I'd be around 70-75 ;-)Delete
You deserve those thumbs up for sure! And look at all that hardware this month!ReplyDelete
Ha, yes, the hardware is kind of sweet, especially since two of the medals are from AG placings ;-)Delete
Wow, 98 miles. That's impressive! You've definitely rebounded and showed Voldie who's boss.ReplyDelete
Voldie is always along for the ride, but he no longer dictates my effort ;-)Delete
Wow, that’s a lot of races and a lot of running miles total! Sounds like it was a pretty good July :)ReplyDelete
July played out nicely ;-) I didn't think I'd run that many miles, so that was a surprise!Delete
Wow, 5 races in July? That is is pretty amazing!ReplyDelete
HA! I'm not sure how all that happened LOLDelete
wow you really crushed it this month! Way to go on all that planking too. Here's to a fab August!ReplyDelete
Yes, here's to a great August!!Delete
Wow! I’m impressed with everything about your month! Great job with the mileage and the planking! I hope August is just as awesome!ReplyDelete
I'm ready! Bring it, August! ;-)Delete
Look at all that bling! I have been trying to increase my plank time. I start really struggling around 1:50, but I'm hoping to get up to 2:30 by the end of the month!ReplyDelete
Once I got to the 2:30 mark, adding extra time (in 15-second increments) was pretty easy...you can do it!!!Delete
Way to go! That's so awesome that you knocked out five races and got in lots of miles. Maybe just winging it a bit in July helped you break free and just kick butt!ReplyDelete
I think winging it gave me the flexibility to have fun, and that motivated me to do more because I was choosing to, not because I HAD to ;-)Delete
It sounds like all FIVE of your races went great! I did a HIIT style workout for the first time in a while yesterday, and afterwards my legs felt like I had spent a couple hours trail running.ReplyDelete
The week I did all those squats and lunges in my HIIT...oh my! That took a few days to recover from LOLDelete
Another busy yet productive month as usual. You inspire me with all you do.ReplyDelete
I usually race a lot but only ONE this month. Things will pick up in the fall.
I was surprised to see you only had one race....you're usually racing every weekend ;-)Delete
Congrats on your busy + amazing month! 5 races=awesome! I ran the RnR Chicago in 2012 and would love to do it again one day.ReplyDelete
Chicago is definitely a scenic city to run a race!Delete
What a great month! Congrats on making it through the plank challenge and on that mileage!ReplyDelete
I don't typically do that many "long"planks on so many consecutive days, so that was a big comfort zone violationDelete
What a great month! And to think--much of it was done through the awful heat and humidity we all seemed to experience. Good job!ReplyDelete
July definitely was a hot one!Delete
Way to go on all your accomplishments even though you didn't set forth specific goals!ReplyDelete
And awesome comeback on your DNS race from last year!
Hope you have an awesome fitness filled August :)
I'm excited for August, although I don't have any races on the roster...yet...Delete
Who needs goals when you can spank a month the way you did July? Awesomeness all around!ReplyDelete
Thanks, Marcia ;-) It feels good to finally have a great month ;-)Delete
Whoa, you crushed it! I can't imagine holding a plank for that long! And 5 races in one month? You go, girl!ReplyDelete
The planks come with lots of practice LOLDelete
Wow you had a fantastic month!! Great job! I’ve been doing HIIT workouts too and loving it!ReplyDelete
Aren't they fun?Delete
Sounds like a pretty darn good month to me! Good job with the 98 miles!ReplyDelete
Wow, sounds like another great month for you! Loving all that bling too :-)ReplyDelete
Ha ha...the bling is like the coveted cherry on top, right?Delete
July was a "down" month for me, mileage wise. The heat and injuries, but it felt good to run through it and not use it as excuse not toReplyDelete
The worst downside of fall is no forearm planks, and I was so loving the challenge until then. Look forward to starting it again in September