Wednesday, August 6, 2014

July Recap

It is almost a week into August so I probably should let everyone know how the month of July ended up. Well, July ended up being a pretty good month for me. I had a couple good races with podium finishes in my age group. My youngest Brother came and visited from Georgia for a week and it is always fun having him around. July was another month of awesome running but a lack of cross training. I only was able to get a few rides on the stationary bike, a few swims, and only a couple of hours of strength training in. I just really love running and all the other things, not so much.
It is always nice to get away from the desert for a run.
Doing a preview run of the Xterra Snow Valley course.

July Stats

Total Miles - 107 miles
Longest Run - 13 miles
Total Time - 18:35:55 (hrs: mins: secs)
Elevation Gain - 13,661 ft.

July Races

July 4th - Apple Valley Firecracker 10K (recap)

Official Time: 49:30
Overall Place: 18 out of 82
Age Group Place: 2nd

July 27th - Xterra Snow Valley Trail Run 21K (recap)

Official Time: 2:19:07
Overall Place: 18 out of 64
Age Group Place: 2nd out of 5


July was the third consecutive month of 100+ miles. All my running stats seemed to stay the same except I had an increase of 6,000 ft in elevation gain compared to June. I suppose that is no surprise since I have been spending my weekends up in the mountains near Big Bear Lake. Now, with the risk of jinxing myself I have gone nearly a year without injury (knock on wood). I think it has to do with running smarter and trying to take recovery seriously between my runs and races.

August Plans

I had plans of doing a local 5K race but the school year for my kids have really come up fast so I will be spending the weekend doing back to school shopping instead. Now that I do not have any races planned for August, my main goal for the month will be to cross-train, cross-train, and cross-train. I will be seriously disappointed with myself if I don't succeed.

Stat Total for the Year

Total Miles - 593
Longest Run - 15.9 miles
Total Time - 102:28:31 (hrs: mins: secs)
Elevation Gain - 49,835 ft.

How was everyone's July? Is it just me or is the summer really passing by fast?


  1. Wouldn't it be nice if we could stay healthy and be great runners without cross or strength training? I don't like it, either. I just want to run and run. And YES, summer went way too fast. I'm back to school on Friday!

    1. Yes! That would be awesome if we could run all we want without worry of injury. lol.

  2. Great job Captain! Another solid month. Focusing on cross training on a non-racing month is a great idea. I agree, July zoomed by. I can't believe it is time for school already.

    1. Thank you. Every year, summer seems to fly by faster and faster. lol.

  3. You know what works for me with cross training...finding a monthly challenge to join. Monday starts a daily pilates challenge, and it's perfect timing because my body needs a running break! Nice to enjoy Aug and the last bit of summer!

    1. A monthly challenge is a great idea. I can't believe I didn't think about I really need to do something about my slacking.