July Roundup

It’s that time again; time to recap my month in running! July is over, and with 6 and a half miles last night, I finished the month with 87 miles of running.  July’s totals were the highest since March of this year, when I had 93 miles.  You can read my previous months’ recaps here: January, February, March, April, May, and June.  My goal for this year is to run 950 miles, and with July’s 87 miles, I am going into August with 523.  With 5 months left in the year, I have at least 427 miles to run, and an average of 85.4 miles per moth will get me there!

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I had two races this month, one at the beginning and one at the end.  The Wild West 5k was on July 4, and Rock the Crossroads was on July 25.  I had a huge 2+ minute PR at the Wild West 5k, and quite the opposite at Rock the Crossroads! My race recaps are available here: Wild West 5k and Rock the Crossroads 5k.

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I ran with the KC Running Co. Groupies 8 times, had a couple runs with Mom and Amy, one run with Mom and Dad (Dad biked!) and several runs with Amy outside of the group.  We had to get inventive and wake up at 5:00am many days (6 days!) during July to run before the sun came up, and before the temperatures got too hot.  July was a hot, humid, sticky month!  My longest run was 6.05 miles on July 19.  I did have a 6.5 mile day, when Amy and I ran 3 miles before I went to work, and then we ran 3.5 miles that night with the Groupies, and then had Thirsty Thursday dinner and drinks afterwards!

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I’ve been continuing to see my chiropractor about every 2 weeks, and my hip/glute/hamstring issues are getting better.  My fingers are crossed that next week may be my last scheduled appointment, and that I be released and be a PRN patient after that! I’ve added some strength training during the last half of July, including 1 day of weights per week at my apartment’s gym.  I’ve also been going to yoga regularly, and will keep doing so.  Yoga is such a great supplemental training for both my mind and my body.

During July, I accomplished two of my (revised) goals for 2015! You can see my original goals for 2015 here.  I did a headstand with no support, and I got my 5k time under 30 minutes!  I have 3 10k’s coming up in the next two months, so I’m hopeful that I can PR in the 10k, and hopefully reach my 10k time goal as well.

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Looking forward to August, I have 1 race, on August 29, the Dot to Dot 10k, which kicks off the Heartland 30k series (3 10k’s in 5 weeks).  I hope to build my long run up to 8-9 miles by the end of August, and continue to work on speed and strength.  How did your July stack up? Any big goals for August?

Monday Mentionings: July 20

Last week went by quickly… especially since Amy made me get up and run before work Monday and Tuesday. Wednesday, Amy joined me at yoga, and I saw this amazing opportunity to do yoga with some of the Royals players, on the outfield before a game!! I signed up this weekend, and Mom will come down to KC over Labor Day weekend and do it with me! It should be a really fun experience!Photo Jul 15, 5 54 43 PMAfter really hot weather Monday and Tuesday, forcing us to run in the mornings, it cooled down (by about 5 degrees) on Thursday.  We ran 3 miles instead of 4 with the group, due to the heat and humidity.Photo Jul 17, 8 38 56 AMFriday, my workspace adjustment was completed, and now I have a standing desk at work! I have been wanting to have my desk changed for a while, and finally took the plunge.  I do have an anti fatigue mat that I can stand on, and I also have a stool if I need to get off my feet for a few minutes, but I will be standing at work from now on!  I’m sure it will take my feet and back a week or two to adjust.Photo Jul 19, 3 43 56 PMFriday evening, my new bracelet came in the mail! I’ve had the jade spoke bracelet for several months now, and I’ve had the feather Alex and Ani bracelet for a while too, but added the white spoke bracelet to my collection!  The spoke bracelets are made from bicycle spokes, and have so far held up amazingly.  I don’t take them off, even with running, swimming, showering, etc.Photo Jul 17, 5 42 46 PMOver the weekend, Mom saved a baby blue jay that was out of his nest, and having problems with the hot weather.  She’s fed and watered him, and he squawks every couple hours for more food! She hopes to release him or give him to a local animal rehab place today or tomorrow.Photo Jul 19, 7 06 18 PMAlso over the weekend, I bought a pair of Oofos recovery sandals.  I’d heard of these recovery sandals before, but when Mom, Dad, and Kristen each bought a pair last weekend, I decided I should give them a better look.  Basically, imagine walking on the softest and most cooshy and amazing cloud. That’s pretty much what Oofos feel like.Photo Jul 18, 11 09 32 AMSaturday morning, Amy and I ran 5 miles in the rain, which felt really nice, compared to the heat!  Sunday after I ran 6 miles with Amy and the Groupies, Jasper and I relaxed in style.  Notice his tongue sticking out, I caught him right as he was licking his nose.Photo Jul 19, 4 26 11 PMThis week is looking fun, KC Running Company is hosting a night at the K on Wednesday, so we get to tailgate and watch the Royals and Astros! Then Saturday night, Amy and I (and a bunch of Groupies) will run the Rock the Crossroads 5k.

Have you tried Oofos?  Have you ever considered a standing workspace?