July was a good training month.
According to my trusty training spreadsheet I ran the most miles I’ve ever run in a month, 192.34 miles, and came through relatively healthy. I also logged the highest weekly total I’ve ever run, 58.63 miles, and the numbers only get bigger from here per the ultra plan I’m following. My legs seem to be adjusting fairly well to the increased workload. Still not getting enough sleep. Broken record on that one.
The more interesting stat in July is my mileage on the bike. I’ve generally substituted my Sunday recovery run with a relatively long ride on the bike, and I’m really enjoying the time in the saddle. I think I like the speed a bit too much. Hopefully that doesn’t end up getting me hurt in new and even more spectacular ways than running ever offered. Although I only got in 5 rides in July, I managed 193.06 total miles, with a longest ride of 53.55 miles. I think the biking is helping the running, and the running is helping the biking. At the very least it’s giving my feet a break on Sundays and keeping the pounding in check.
Here’s the recap for July:
Running: 18 runs, 192.34 miles
Biking: 5 rides, 193.06 miles
Lifting: 8 trips to the gym
Sadly, zero times in the pool. I’m planning to get there eventually this summer, but for now the running and biking are working for me, so they’re winning out when I need to decide what to do.
This Saturday I have a 24-mile long run on the plan, which will be the longest training run I’ve ever done. Planning to try the 25 minutes running / 5 minutes walking approach which I need to adopt as part of my Ultra strategy. Will also walk any major hills. Still trying to get over the mental hurdle of feeling like I need to be running all the time. We’ll see how it goes.