The July Run Down

What a month, folks!  I had a bit lower mileage in July than in previous months this year, but still managed to finish out July with 80 miles, putting my yearly total at 583 miles! I’m still on track to hit 1000 miles for the year, I’ll need to average about 83 miles each month to get there.  With half marathon training ramping up again, I hope to build my monthly mileage up to between 100 and 120 miles over the next couple months.  Previous months’ recaps here: January, February, March, April, May, and June.

Each of the 5 weekends in July had fun running things happening, so let’s get to it!

All the way back at the beginning of July, I went to Hays with Amy and Michelle.  While we were there for the holiday weekend, we all ran the Wild West 5k, and had a great long weekend together, including 2 other fun runs with Mom and Amy.

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The second weekend in July was also a busy one; I did my very first duathlon.  It was a fun day, a very tiring morning, but it was fun, and I even won first place in my age group! Read my race recap here.

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The third weekend in July, I ran with Chris for the first time!  It was his longest run to date, and it was a fun running date, too!  And then we also got to wait for an hour for AAA to come break into my car because I locked my keys inside.

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The 4th weekend in July was the Rock the Crossroads 5k.  Chris and I went down to the Crossroads and ran the 5k together.  This was Chris’ first 5k, and my second year Rocking the Crossroads.  I’m proud of Chris for killing his first 5k!

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The last weekend in July, I ran 5 miles with Chris on Saturday, again, his longest to date! Then on Sunday, I ran 6 miles (in the rain), which was my longest run of the month.  I had a bit lower mileage for July, but it ended up being a really fun month filled with lots of great runs.

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I made it to 3 cycle classes in July, and tried a Kickboxing class, too.  I didn’t get to bike as much as I would have liked, but hope to pick up some extra biking miles in August.

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I ran with the KCRC Groupies twice in July.  With Amy being out with a foot injury, she wasn’t there to make me get up early on Sundays and run! I  made it to two Thursday night runs, one of which was a popsicle run – run a mile, eat a popsicle, run another mile, eat another popsicle.  It was fun, but 2 miles in that heat, and 2 popsicles with that sugar was more than enough!   I hope to get back to some Tuesday night speed sessions with the groupies in August.

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Looking forward to August, I have 2 5ks, the Diva Dash and the Blacklight Run, both on the same day! One is in the morning, and the other is after dark.  That’ll be a fun day!

July Run-Down:
Running: 22 runs, 80 miles total.
Cycling: 3 cycle classes, 1.5 hours, and 1 11 mile bike ride (duathlon), totaling 33 miles.
Longest Run: 6 mile run, July 31.
Races: Wild West 5k, Shawnee Mission Duathlon, Rock the Crossroads 5k

Monday Mentionings: July 25

Monday Monday!  Last Monday, I forgot my gym bag at home, so instead of going straight to the gym after work, I went home and ran the mile to the gym, cycled for a half an hour, then ran the mile back home.  H.O.T.  I had quite the puddle under my spin bike.

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Wednesday, I used the gym at work, to run during lunch.  The gym at work is nice, but it is rough to get in a few miles at lunch time with as hot as it is outside.

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Thursday evening, Michelle went to the KCRC Groupies run with me! When she was rooming with me, she went to a group run, and it happened to be a Hoka test run.  Thursday night, Hoka was back for another run!

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We actually did a “popsicle run” – run a mile, eat a popsicle. Run another mile, eat another popsicle.  Thanks for a really fun run, Hoka and KC Running Co!

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And of course, I had to take a runfie. 😛

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L to R: Me, Mark, Jenn R, Jenn M, Michelle.

After our run, Michelle and I had dinner, then went to Sprouts.  I’d never been before, and it certainly wasn’t a trip to forget.  Between facetiming my parents to show them quail meat, getting awesome (semi-cheating) deals on milk, and dropping an entire box of blueberries on the ground, it was quite the trip. I definitely love my Belle adventures.

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Saturday, Chris and I had brunch and hung out before the race in the evening.  I introduced him to the world of snapchat, so his life will forever be changed.

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I wrote a race recap for Rock the Crossroads, and there’s lots of pictures on that post for you to check out.  Then on Sunday, I ran 5 miles on the treadmill because HOT, Chris came over and was able to meet Kristen, as she was in town for a couple hours after having a family reunion, before I had to take her to the airport.

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This week, I’m looking forward to going to the Royals game on Wednesday, and hopefully getting in a few runs without dying of HOT.  Have a fantastic week, friends!

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?