July was a transition month for me, both in running, and for lack of a better word, in life.
First off, July was about getting back in the swing of running and training after a slow May and June. I started gaining my confidence again with running, took some risks and stopped being as scared as I was in previous months. I built up my miles, increased my long run(s), really increased my trail running and just generally really enjoyed being back out there. There hasn’t been a single run yet where I am not happy to just be running… even when I am tired or hot or sore. Amazing what a little forced time off can do for perspective.
Second, this month was really busy with getting used to Chris’s schedule while in the fire academy. Because he is not only busy with minimal free time, but also physically tired, I have committed to really picking up the slack in household duties where I have either slacked in the past or had a lot of help with. I have been cooking, cleaning, grocery shopping and just taking care of all those little things that go on with owning a house, being a wife, and being a pet owner. It’s making me really tired too! So, July has been about adjusting to this new schedule and routine. It’s been working out great, and I have been able to fit everything in, but I do notice that I am more tired come Friday after a week of pre-5am wake ups. I need to make sure to pay attention to that and take it into consideration as my running picks up so I don’t overdo it. I have been reminding myself that it is ok, and necessary, to say no to things in order to fit everything else in, including naps and downtime.
Overall though, July was a fantastic month. So many trail runs, so many runs with friends, and I participated in my first race since April.
I finished off the month with 210 miles and am extremely happy with that number. I feel stronger every day with my running, but still am making sure to take all the precautions I need to. I continue to ice and foam roll constantly and do everything I know of to make sure I keep myself injury free. I am excited to start training hard again and am looking forward to everything coming up in August.