July Recap

After dealing with lingering injuries and a busy work schedule at the beginning of the year, I’ve finally been able to steadily increase my mileage over the last few months. After running fairly consistently in June, I tried to be even more consistent in July, and I feel like I was pretty successful. My mileage still isn’t quite as high as I’d like, especially for my long runs, but it’s the highest monthly total I’ve run in a while. I’ve noticed that doing some doubles (two runs a day) throughout the month really helps boost my mileage, but it’s important for me to be mindful of the types of runs I’m doing on those days so I don’t open myself up for injuries.

A few of the sights we saw while running in Cleveland on vacation.

A few of the sights we saw while running in Cleveland on vacation in early July.

A nice view on one of my many trail runs during July.

A nice view on one of my many trail runs during July.

Another nice view on one of my July runs.

Another nice view on one of my July runs.

My two primary goals for August are to do longer long runs and more speed work. I ran six days a week in July with a few doubles and bike rides mixed in, and I hope to continue the six-day schedule while adding a little more cycling into the mix. I’ve been feeling healthy for the most part, so I hope I can continue taking one day off each week while increasing my long run distance and doing more speed work. I’m not necessarily aiming for a specific weekly or monthly mileage number; I just hope to run as much as I can any given week or month and be fairly consistent.

I did go to the track a couple times during July.

I did go to the track a couple times during July.

I did go to the track a couple times during July.

I like this track…it almost makes me feel fast. Almost.

I also hope to do a race or two in August, though I don’t feel like I’m in race shape yet (to me, race shape generally means being able to approach PR pace). I might run one this weekend, but I still have a couple days to decide…

Although we had some pretty hot weather in July, we also had some very nice days with milder temperatures.

July by the numbers:
Number of runs: 29
Mileage: 169.5 miles
Total time: 22:40:56
Average distance: 5.84 miles
Median distance: 5.50 miles

Questions:
How was your running in July? Were you happy with your mileage, quality of running, race results, etc.?

Do you run doubles? If so, how often and what kinds of runs do you do for doubles?

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4 Responses to July Recap

  1. Ty says:

    Awesome mileage in my book. I think 160 is about as high as I’ve ever gone!

  2. Josh says:

    Nice runs Matt. That is a lot of them!

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