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.
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 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…
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
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?