July in Review
Running Miles: 104.05
Swim Distance: 0 (I'm not swimming anymore because of my shoulder issues)
Training/Cross Training Days: 6
# of Workout Days this month: 23
Running Miles - Obviously my running miles are high this month. And providing all goes well, they will be higher next month. Hello marathon training! 100+ miles are a vast improvement from the 60+ miles I ran in June. I'm actually not feeling too bad though so far. Knees are, at times, a bit "iffy". My knees are never 100% so as long as they loosen up within the first 0.5-1 miles, I'm usually good.
My piriformas is still a slight issue, although not when I run. It was really causing me pain just laying down, sleeping in my bed at night, turning over in bed. Laying on my front really does it. But after the chiropractor told me to have my boyfriend jam his elbow into my butt (actually the piriformas muscle in my butt) every (or almost every) night, it's been MUCH better. Doesn't bother me much anymore at night while I'm sleeping. But his elbow hurts. He thinks it's funny and doesn't know if it's doing any good. I say... keep doing it because I'm feeling better. I'm also trying to stretch certain areas too so not sure what is helping but I don't care.
I've also been doing hills on a regular basis every Wednesday night. I seriously think it's helping. I'm not walking up hills during races or regular running. I did a rolling hills route the other night and did so much better than whenever the last time I was there. I was practically bouncing off the walls when I got home because I felt so good after that "hills" run.
I definitely need to up the strength training. It's lacking. As much as 6 times sound "ok", some of it is only 15 mins of the P90X Ab Ripper X.
Marathon Training - so far marathon training is going well. BUT my longest run so far for this training has only been 13.1 (half marathon) distance. August will be the real test for me. Hoping my new strategies (changes of location, changes of running partners, slower pace) all really help this marathon training season!
Short and sweet! That wraps up July! I can't believe it's already August!