I pretty much ran to my heart's desire this month. My IT band mostly did okay - it did flare up a bit after the race I ran at the beginning of the month, but it's hanging in there. You can read my race report, if you missed it, here. The most exciting thing about July was that I woke up super early (4:50 am) three mornings and dragged myself out of bed and to the track so I could get in a speed workout, and get home and showered, all before Paul went to work. Boy, am I ever proud of myself (ha ha). The alternative was running in the upper 90 degree heat in the evenings, so yeah, mornings it was! I generally did a one mile warmup followed by 3 mile repeats, with 1/2 mile jogs in between. I'm not exactly seeing any improvement in my times, but I hope that at some fast twitch muscular level, they are happening.
I confess that I was bad about cross training again this month (yes, again). I did do lots of lunges to work on my IT band, as prescribed by my doctor. I also threw in a few push ups here and there, and some core. I went hiking once and walking for an hour with my friend Tiffany. I did the Marta Montenegro Strength Training workout once, and Daily Yoga with Tara Stiles once. That's it for cross training (insert guilty face here).
Total running mileage for the month = 110 miles.
I am not looking to increase that number at this time, and will likely try to cut that back just a bit - I overshot my goal some. For August, my biggest focus is a race I'll be running - it's very hilly and will be hot, so wish me luck. I know that I will not have a PR in this race, as I ran it a few summers ago when I was much faster, but if I have a good day it won't be a personal worst either. I also hope to keep dragging myself to the track early mornings, and getting in a 10 mile run at least every other week. I also desperately need to get to my ART (active release therapy) doctor for a tune up!
Do you have any goals for August?