July 1-15 .... 3 runs, total 15.2 miles
July 16-31 ...6 runs, total 38.0 miles
for a total of 9 runs - 53.2 miles
I was shooting for 60 miles in July, so I'm a little short, but it's still my largest mileage month since January and it's 21 miles more than last month. Improvement for sure! The runs are starting to get a bit easier, but still far from easy. There is still a mountain to climb.
In addition to the running I have also biked 217 miles (on a mountain bike with big knobby tires which requires significantly more effort than a road bike), as well as participated in 3 exercise classes and many walks (often 1-2 hrs+). I'm happy with this!
Saturday I did my longest run of the year (10 miles). Rode my bike over to a friends and we ran from her house around town. Weather was pretty hot, but there was a slight breeze that made it fairly pleasant. I managed to break through my first mile barrier. For a while now I find myself just done at about the 1 mile mark. I need to stop, stretch and gather my thoughts. This time when I hit that mile I mentally thought of stopping, but then did a once over on the body and realized I felt pretty good. Made it to 2.8 miles (just after a hill) before I took my first break. I'm REALLY looking forward to not needing these breaks anymore. It's coming!
The last mile or so was TOUGH! I really, REALLY had to push. I'm very thankful for my friend because she really helped me through it. I told her I couldn't talk for a bit, but I needed her to talk to me. She came through. I was so happy to get back to her place and finish my run. However ... she's training for a fall marathon and had to run 16 miles. So, I grabbed my bike and rode beside her as she finished off her distance. It was then my turn to talk to her and help her through her mileage. We make a good team.
Riding the bike immediately after my run actually felt really, really good. Granted, it was a super slow biking pace, but I think it helped to loosen everything up because I felt fantastic for the rest of the day.
August will be another month filled with even more running miles, as many biking miles as I can manage, and I'm planning to fit in a lot more of those fitness classes (specifically Abs Only & Bootcamp). By the end of the month I want to be up to running 13.1 miles without needing a rest break.