Friday, August 1, 2014

July in Review

July in Review

Running Miles: 104.05
Swim Distance: 0 (I'm not swimming anymore because of my shoulder issues)
Strength Training/Cross Training Days: 6
# of Workout Days this month: 23 (75%)

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!

9 comments:

  1. Holy mileage! I don't think I've ever run 100+ miles in a month, ever. Way to go, Amanda!

    Sorry to hear about the piriformis issues. I have dealt with piriformis syndrome for quite some time, myself, so I can relate. My left butt cheek gets very achy and tight. I spend a lot of time trying to foam roll it out, and want to try using a tennis ball, too. That's a very interesting idea having someone elbow your piriformis! I might ask my husband to try that for me, too!

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    1. Ugh Piriformas is a never ending battle. With the high mileage running on Sat. and the long bike ride I did on Sunday, combined with my lack of stretching, it was killing me. I'm working it back down though. At least it doesn't bother me when I run!

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  2. 13.1 is not too shabby for your long run so far. I am going to max out at 16 miles in September. Good luck!

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    1. Pete, you are maxing out your long run at 16? For a full marathon? I know people do it and it works fine. I've always tried to do the 20 beforehand.

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  3. Can you also roll your butt over a tennis ball? If Derek's elbow keeps bothering him.

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    1. Maggie - my butt is too big for the tennis ball and it hits the ground so makes it hard to roll on the tennis ball. Thinking something bigger might work.

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  4. Awesome mileage for July! Hopefully our not so hot summer helps with your runs - I know I can't stand to run outside if its over 75!

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    1. Thanks Biz! Hope things get better with Tony!

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  5. I had a piriformis strain years ago, and sitting on a tennis ball really helped. Part of my PT was having someone dig into my glutes too and it felt SO much better

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