Monthly Recap

July Recap

Hey friends! Happy Monday and Happy August! It’s time for the next installment of the monthly summary posts. 


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Total running: 371.25. Whew. Lots of miles this month. Peak weeks of 50K training and then running 31 miles contributed to that total.

Workouts: I have more time not only to run, but also to rest and focus on recovery, during the summer months. I stayed pretty consistent with my workouts again this month, so I am happy about that. I can tell that my fitness base is pretty good right now. I know that even though I didn’t get to do the goal race I was training for, the training was not for naught. In addition to the workouts listed below, I had several long runs as well.

3 mi. WU, Firecracker 5K (6:05, 5:57, 6:12, 0:38 = 18:53), 2 mi. CD

14 mi. @ 8:34 + 4 mi. race @ 6:32 avg.

2 mi. WU, 400 (78), 1600 (5:57), Milk Mile (6:32), 1 mi. CD

2 mi. WU, 12 X 400 (86, 86, 85, 85, 84, 83, 84, 84, 84, 85, 84, 84), 2 mi. CD

5 easy + 5 brisk (7:03, 7:08, 7:02, 7:02, 7:06)

3 mi. WU, 4 mi. tempo (6:24 avg.), 2.25 mi. CD

2 mi. WU, 4 mi. tempo (6:17 avg.), 7 mi. CD

Races: 3 this month! I ran the Firecracker 5K, the Shark Run 4 Miler, and the Milk Mile.

Favorite Race: I think I’m going to give this one to the Milk Mile. I was NOT expecting to enjoy that race (like at all), but I’m so glad that I tried something out of my comfort zone. It was surprisingly fun!


Longest run: 21 miles (Part I of the “birthday miles”)

Shortest run: 3 miles. I had three 3 mile treadmill runs this month. I usually take the “if I don’t have time to do at least 5 miles, why even bother” approach. I have to make an exception for that during the summer because of the heat though. Our treadmill is on the front porch where there is lots of sunlight and no air conditioning. By the time evening rolls around, the treadmill room is basically a sauna. I sweat WAY more on a 3 mile treadmill run this time of year than I do on a 5 – 8 mile run outside. It’s crazy!

Favorite run: It’s a tie. I absolutely loved my beach run! I also absolutely loved my birthday 50K (Part I & Part II).

Rest days: Two. Much needed and much appreciated.

Other: I didn’t do a great job of keeping track of my “other” activities, which likely means they were pretty minimal anyway. I know that I did the elliptical and stair master once and I rode the bike with Daniel at least once as well. I still haven’t been skiing all summer, which is just plain unacceptable. Hopefully now that the bay has calmed down I will be able to get out there. I’m also going to need my dad to bring the boat back (hint hint)!

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I am so glad that August is here because the bay is so beautiful this time of year. It’s calmer and clearer. I hope to get some more beach runs in this month.

What’s next: So far I just have one 2 mile race planned. I’m excited to test the speed out a little bit and see where I am. I will also be starting marathon training this month! I’m feeling pretty motivated. I know that I need to put in some really solid work to get to where I want to be (more to come on that later), but I’m ready to get on it! 

Work will be picking up some this month and Daniel and I have a fun little beach trip coming up soon. It should be a great month! 

Work hard. Play harder. 

Tell me: What are you looking forward to in August?

8 thoughts on “July Recap”

  1. I’m looking forward to going to Seattle on vacation, then racing a 5K at the end of the month. I’m actually going to take it completely easy in Seattle and not run, since we’ll already be walking everywhere. May as well not stress the body too much and my husband isn’t a runner, so I don’t want to try running in a new-to-me city and worry about that while on vacation.

    You had an awesome month! It stinks about your 50K not happening, but at least you still ran your birthday miles and you’re probably in solid base shape for a marathon. I can’t imagine running on a treadmill on a porch… I use the treadmill at the gym, but it’s air conditioned in there at least!


    1. Seattle will be awesome! I went a couple of years ago for Ragnar Northwest passage and it was beautiful. There is actually a really nice, safe running path along the water, if you wanted it, but walking around and exploring will be fun too! There are also lots of cool places to go hiking if y’all are into that.


  2. Holy moly that is a lot of mileage. I knew you were a high mileage runner but WOW!! It’s great you can do all of that in the heat and not get injured. Plus your full time job. Keep up the great work, Sam!


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