July was a transition month for me, both in running, and for lack of a better word, in life. 

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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10 Responses to July

  1. Kayla Moothart August 6, 2012 at 8:38 am #

    I’m a teacher – so in the summer when I am off of school I do have free time and my husband’s work gets a little crazier but it still feels a little crazy to be picking up more on all of the household duties – it is kind of boring after a while and I have to try to make it fun… :) Good luck!

  2. Jen August 6, 2012 at 9:13 am #

    I love seeing your trial pictures! As a recent transplant to the Bay Area, I would love any and all tips about where to go for nice trail runs! I am just getting into trail running but moving has made it really difficult to keep it up, plus I have no idea where to go. I ran near Mt. Diablo but could not quite figure out where to go to get to the top! I know, its bad. Thanks for any help! I selfishly think this would make a great post ;)

    • Aron August 6, 2012 at 9:16 am #

      I’ve been working on a Bay Area trail running post for a while and am hoping to get it posted this week! :)

  3. Sandy August 6, 2012 at 10:14 am #

    Awesome news and so glad to hear that your have recovered and are doing great! Congratulations on a great month!

  4. petra August 6, 2012 at 10:57 am #

    Nice going there Aron – I can’t believe you got that mileage in along with readjusting your schedule. I guess 5am starts give you some time… What time do you go to bed? And that is a genuine question – there’s some realignment going on here as well.

    • Aron August 6, 2012 at 10:59 am #

      Usually by 9pm :)

  5. Stuart August 6, 2012 at 12:54 pm #

    Nice solid month…gotta love the summer trails!

  6. Denise August 7, 2012 at 9:11 am #

    what a month of running! nice work!! and definitely make time for naps.

    • Maliyah June 7, 2014 at 3:45 pm #

      Too many cotnmilepms too little space, thanks!

  7. Christine August 7, 2012 at 4:52 pm #

    Wow, impressive. 210 miles is fantastic!! I’m soo happy you are back running and feeling great!

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