Thursday, July 31, 2014

157 Miles in July!

I wrapped up July training today with a 10 mile tempo set.   1 mile warm up - 8 mile tempo at 9:40-9:45 pace - 1 mile cool down.
Mile 5 I had to wrestle a packet of GU out my hydration belt (always fun) so I made up the time on mile 6 to make sure it averaged out.  We had a crazy thunderstorm roll through last night which meant I got maybe 3 hours of sleep and the aftermath of the storm left a cooler temperature, but 94% humidity.  I'm so over the humidity.  Over it.  Regardless, this was a fight from start-to-finish so I'm happy with the results!

After uploading my data I got the grand total for July - 157 miles!  Me?  Run 157 miles in one month?  Holy shnikes.  My thoughts on that real quick...

  1. Ouch.
  2. If you had told me 6 months ago that I'd be running 157 miles in one month, I would have told you to stick that thought where the sun don't shine.
  3. Your body really is capable of so much more if you're willing to push yourself.
  4. Running 5 days per week has resulted in me slacking heavily on my strength training, which I hate.  The fatigue from the mileage hit me like a ton of bricks these last two weeks, and my body literally craved sleep.  So I listened and slept in on rest days and treated them as true rest days. Still working on trying to find that balance.
  5. Ice is my friend.
  6. My knees have always been my nemesis during training, no matter how many miles I run.  Obviously with this high mileage they are pretty peeved but are getting a lot of love via ice, stretching, and regular visits to the chiro.
  7. My husband sees me more in sweaty disgusting running clothes than he does in anything else.  And he still loves me.  He's a keeper.
  8. Speaking of my husband, I should send him back to school to be a chiropractor, we'd end up saving a TON of money on doctors visits.  Hmmmmmmm... 
  9. I want to eat food and lots of it.  LOTS of it.
  10. If money wasn't a factor, I'd hire a masseuse to live at my house during training.  Seriously, foam rolling is practically a second workout.  

  Despite the aches and pains that come with high mileage, I am loving it!  We are a little over two months away from Chicago and training is going to keep getting more intense.  I think I can...I think I can...I think I can....