Looking back at June, I am really disappointed in the overall miles I put in. I did manage 60 miles, but it’s my lowest mileage month in the past year. I can look at it a few ways though, and I choose to look at it as a positive.
First of all…. June was a busy month personally, aside from running. The end of the school year for my sons, family in town and a graduation. I also spent a good amount of time car shopping, which has put me closer, but not in a new car yet. I have about five weeks left on my current car lease, so I have time still.
Secondly….I am really looking at June as a recovery month. Through the first six months of the year, I have run five marathons, one Half, one 10 miler, one 10k, and one 5k. That is a lot of racing miles, and my body is in recovery mode. I tried to decrease overall mileage in June in effort to let my body naturally recover and regain strength.
Most of my runs in June were short distance runs. I am focusing on quality, not quantity right now. Working on, or rather focusing my training on form and breathing. I have been working the hills more than anything, training for a downhill marathon in September. So, in the process of recovery, I am trying to really focus on technique, while working my quads. I am teaching myself a new way to run downhill, which I need come September.
Up next? July is always hot here, and most typically humid. I plan on starting to mix in the distance training again in a few weeks, giving myself long runs every week, and increasing overall mileage back up to the 100 mile range for the month. Looking back at my training log last Summer, I did a lot of things right leading into Fall, so I will use that knowledge to my advantage over the next two months.
Rest has been good, and runs have been high quality of late. Here’s to a productive July! Good luck in your training.