Wednesday, September 3, 2014

August In Review

August in Review

Running Miles: 132.68
Strength Training/Cross Training Days: 3
Cycling Miles: 96.34
# of Workout Days this month: 18 (58%)

Running Miles: It’s marathon training season. But I’ll admit, this might be the highest mileage per month I’ve ever had since I started keeping track of my miles last year. I even purposely took a couple short runs out because I wanted to rest my legs from two high mileage running/cycling weekends. So I’m pretty proud of how I feel right now about my training. I feel good. My legs feel (relatively) good. And I just did my 18 miler this past weekend. With that 18 miler, I ran about 6 of the end miles solo. I’m still trying to utilize my “run happy” mantra I’ve worked on this year and, even when I don’t feel quite so good, it’s helping keep my head on straight and power me through the runs (most times). I’m only human so a couple of shorter runs, I was pretty miserable. It happens.

Strength Training/Cross Training Days: Well, 3 is a pretty sad number. This includes all other activity besides running, so cycling, yoga, etc. I know I’m running A LOT, but how hard should 15 minutes of Abs or yoga be?? Come on Amanda, get it together! My back is pretty weak from when I hurt it last year and I want to incorporate planks and supermans into my daily routine. However, I will say, I have been stretching about 80% of the days. I just didn’t include that in here. I’m trying to keep this pesky piriformis issue at bay.

Talking about the piriformis, my chiropractor told me to have my boyfriend jab his elbow into my piriformis (aka butt) to work it out like she would. And I had him do it 4-5 days per week. When I finally saw her again, she pulled down my pants (yes she did!!) and noticed I had a bruise there. She was quite impressed with my boyfriend’s skills of pain infliction! Moving on…

Cycling Miles: I had 96.34, which is pretty good for me. But actually, this was only 2 cycling days. I did the Venus De Miles bike ride (66.28 miles) and about 1 week before, got some training cycling miles in with a 30.06 mile bike ride.

# of workout days this month: Um…only 18? I missed 13 workout days! I’m slightly embarrassed by that. It’s my lowest amount of workout days per month this year! But I know it’s because I took a few extra rest days due to all the running. I was just tired. It’s totally understandable. So I will cut myself some slack in this area. BUT…goal is to do better in September but getting some of that core workout in (planks, superman, etc). Hey, even 5 mins counts! Just do it!

I can’t believe it’s September already. I’m hitting up vacation starting tomorrow by traveling to San Antonio, Texas to visit my boyfriend’s brother and his family. It should be a good time. I’ve never been so I’m pretty excited! I was told that we are going to visit the toilet seat museum…. Um… Texas Fun!


  1. Hope you have a great weekend! We'll miss you on Sunday!

  2. Toilet seat museum?! America is weird.

    Awesome mileage for the month, and way to nail that 18 miler in the terrible humidity we've been having lately.

  3. Congrats on all the miles/possible PDR!

  4. Holy cow, almost 133 running miles!?!?!? I don't think I've ever cracked 90 miles in a month, even at the peak of my marathon training. You are a running machine! And you're a biking machine, too. Your distances are unbelievable!

    Safe travels to Texas and I can't wait to hear more about the toilet seat museum!

  5. Hope you had fun in Texas! I've been to Austin twice and still dream about the smoked sausage and moist brisket. :D