I’m not going to lie, I’m a bit sad that its already August. Although my big vacation for the summer is this month, I’m sad to see my summer at home with little man rapidly coming to an end. Due to being in school until almost the end of June, and going back to school a week earlier than usual this coming school year, my summer break has felt especially short this year. Little man and I have been having a blast together, and when you take out my upcoming vacation, we only have a handful of days left before I go back to work and he goes back to school, aka daycare.
July was a very active month, especially when it came to keeping up with my marathon training. My July mileage was the highest monthly total ever, and for the first time I ran over 100 miles in a single month.
1. Log at least 115 miles.
My July mileage total was 135.1 miles, 102.5 of which I ran. To say that July was a productive month when it came to my running and cardio is an understatement. I also made significant progress towards meeting my 2017 mileage goal. My current mileage total for the year is 668.5 miles, which put me at 67% of the way towards meeting my goal of 1,000 miles. Its clear that I need to reevaluate this goal for 2017.
2. Strength train at least three times per week.
There were a couple of weeks in July when I only did strength training twice, not three times like my goal was. The further into the month I got, the less time and focus I put into this goal. I regret not having been more focused on my strength training.
3. Cross train at least three times per week.
Just like with my strength training, I lost energy and focus with my cross training, especially during the second half of the month. Part of that was because of how hot and humid it was on many days last month, which resulted in little man and I doing a lot of indoor instead of outdoor activities together.
4. Stop obsessing about my weight.
I stop weighing myself on an almost regular basis. It feels good, and is a huge sigh of relief, to be going based on feel, not just what the number on the scale is.
5. Enjoy the month’s social activities.
If you follow me on Instagram then you know that there was no shortage of enjoyment this past month. From my friend’s wedding to celebrating my wedding anniversary to spending time with family, July was an absolutely amazing month.
Although July was a great month, I know that August will be an even better month, especially as I continue to progress with marathon training and reach new personal distance records.
1. Log at least 145 miles.
I’m not going to lie, seeing my mileage goals increasing over the past couple of months is quite scary. But now that I’m at the height of marathon training, and am running more miles per week than ever before, I know that setting these lofty goals is important. After logging 135 miles last month, I’m slightly increasing the number for this month’s goal.
2. Cross train and strength train at least two times per week.
Although this is a decrease from last month, I think that twice a week for cross training and strength training is more realistic, especially given that I will not only be out of town for part of the month, but that I am also going back to work later in the month.
3. Stay active while on vacation.
There are so many things that I am looking forward to about going to Antigua with my husband next week, including running at the beach and taking walks on the beach. We also plan to do some water sports, as well as to utilize the resort’s fitness center. I’m also looking forward to giving pool aerobics a try, which is one of the many activities at the resort that we will be staying at.
4. Don’t overindulge while on vacation.
Given that we are staying at an all inclusive resort, there will an abundance of food and alcohol available to us. While I do intend to enjoy myself and have a good time, I also need to avoid the temptation to overdo it. The last thing that I want to do is undo all of the hard work and effort that I have put into marathon training thus far.
QOTD: What are your goals for August?