Wow, what a month July was! Although I only ran one race, the Firecracker 5k, it was a huge month personally. Between closing on our house, moving into our house, and working on making our house feel like a home, July has been anything but boring. Add in spending the past two weeks working on my school district’s annual summer curriculum development project, and you have a recipe for a super busy month.
On the fitness front, I met two of my three monthly goals. Unfortunately, I completely failed at meeting my third goal.
1. Run, walk, and elliptical a total of 70 miles.
Goal met, and I cannot wait to see where my mileage total continues to climb to! (Note: I didn’t get onto the elliptical once this past month, and I definitely need to reincorporate it back into my training routine.)
2. Make yoga a priority.
I only practiced yoga once during the month of July. Not good. This needs to change!
3. Stay on track with my half marathon training.
Despite how busy July was, I only missed two runs. Only two. I’m beyond impressed with myself for being able to keep up with my planned runs despite moving into our new house.
After a mostly productive July, I have high hopes and ambitions for August. As I started listing out my goals, I realized that this month’s list is a bit longer than usual, as there are five things I want to focus on this month.
1. Run, walk, and elliptical a total of 75 miles.
Adding five more miles to my monthly goal seems like another natural progression, especially since I have three runs this month that will be over 10 miles each (12.5 this weekend, the Leesburg 20k on August 17th, and the Rock ‘n’ Roll Virginia Beach Half Marathon on August 31st).
2. Practice yoga.
I’m getting tired of saying that I will make yoga a priority. I need to just buckle down and do it and get back into a regular routine of practicing yoga, especially before school starts next month.
3. Continue to embrace the hills.
Instead of choosing routes that have me avoiding hills, I embraced hills and focused on incorporating them into my outdoor runs last month. My hope is that by embracing hills as I train to run on a mainly flat course in Virginia Beach that it’ll help me to finish the race that much faster.
4. Reincorporate the elliptical into my routine.
I miss the elliptical, and I want to focus on getting the elliptical back into my cross training routine.
5. Make weight training a priority again.
It was difficult to keep up with my weight training since I had limited gym access last month. Now that I have regular access to the gym again, I want to once again make weights a priority.
QOTD: What are your goals for August?
As always, thank you to the DC Trifecta Bloggers (Courtney from Eat Pray Run DC, Mar from Mar on the Run, and Cynthia from You Signed Up For What?!) for hosting the weekly Friday Five Link Up. Be sure to check out their posts as well!