June Rewind

Here we are, half way through 2014, and the month of June is gone. I plan on doing a first half of 2014 recap, but I wanted to make sure I touched on June first, as it was a big month of running for me. Here’s the number for June!

Miles run: 106

Races run: 3 (Park 2 Park Half Marathon, Flirt with Dirt Trail 10k, Columbia Station Half Marathon)

Miles biked: 0

Favorite Workout: 6/10 – Track Tuesday-Mile Repeats

Books read: The Runner’s High

June was the month of running. I spent 18 of 30 days hitting the roads/trails/paths and it couldn’t have gone better! I hit my first 30 mile week and after a long time of training, I finally hit my 100 mile month! I never thought it would happen, but I feel stronger than ever and know that my hard work is paying off!

I also managed to run three races this month, two half marathons and a trail 10k. I worked on pacing, and hit my goal time perfectly in Park 2 Park. But I also struggled through some heat at Columbia Station. I even had a chance to break in my new trail shoes at the Flirt with Dirt 10k, and fell in love with trail running.

My favorite workout this month was some mile repeats on the track. After some surprisingly quick mile repeats the week before, I wasn’t sure I could do it again. But, I was able to hit three mile repeats all under a 7:45 pace. I haven’t been able to run consecutive 7 minute miles since college and it felt great to see my speed coming back!

My downfalls came with catching up on my book, and getting miles on my bike. Hopefully I can get both of those done in July.

Besides for running, we managed to make it to the Tim McGraw concert and had a blast (even on a Sunday night). I was also able to take advantage of Ladies Night on the Square, one of the town events that is featured once a month during the summer. With very few tied up weekends, I’m hoping to explore our city more and take advantage of all those long summer nights.

So there we have it. June was mostly running, with a little bit of local fun thrown in. July will be full of running (not surprising) and celebrating my second favorite holiday! I’m hoping to get a few races in, and stay above the 100 mile mileage mark for a second month!

 

What was your favorite thing from June? What plans do you have for July?

June Rewind & Six Month Goals Review

June is complete and we’re half way through the year. I’m still in disbelief that it’s July, but that means fall races are right around the corner. June overall was a very busy month, I’m not quite sure how I got everything in those last 30 days. Before we take a look at the past 6 months, let’s take a look at June’s numbers.

Miles run: 53

Races run: 0

Miles biked: 0

Books read: Still reading Once A Runner…

Places traveled: 1 (Put-In-Bay)

New recipes: Gluten Free Pasta

My  miles were up in June because I started marathon training. I expect this number to grow each month, and even hoping to hit 100 miles in August. Hopefully this plan works out. Unfortunately I didn’t run any races or get any time on the bike. I hope to add a few races and at least 20 miles on the bike in the month of July. This should help with mixing up my training and getting cross training in.

I’ve been so busy that I’m still on chapter 4 of Once a Runner, but with a pretty empty calendar in July, I plan on doing a lot of reading. Part of my busy plans included a trip up to Put-In-Bay for a bachelorette party. It was my first time to the island, and well, I don’t think I’m the same party girl I was once.

One improvement I had was on my new recipes. One of my main goals in marathon training is to eat healthier. There’s nothing worse than having a track workout or a long run with stomach issues. Last year I started to cut out dairy and it helped a lot. I have a weakness for cheese, so I can’t be 100% dairy free. My next step was adding my fruits and veggies with my meals. The final step was trying to cut out gluten. I love pasta too much to give it up completely, so I opted for gluten free pasta. Thankfully I had no issues and can continue my love of pasta in my daily life. We’ve also been eating off the grill a lot, so I suppose that means I’m being healthy? But I really should learn to cook more….

So June was pretty decent, but now it’s time to take a look at the past six months…

2013 Goals

Running:

  • Run a sub 2:00 half marathon –Saving this for fall
  • Run 800 miles-currently at 239, only 561 to go!
  • PR in the 5k-Sole to Soul 5k, 25:37, but still hoping to shave more time
  • Run two half marathons in two new states-3M Half in January, Texas can now be crossed off the list
  • Volunteer at races-I really need to do this

Personal

  • Travel-Work-Vegas, Dallas, Toronto. Fun- Austin, Colorado, Cincy/Kentucky, PIB
  • Learn German- Noch, arbeitend an es
  • Learn to cook and eat healthier-Work in progress
  • Stress less- This will probably never happen
  • Read more, at least 10 books-4 complete! (The Best of Me, Fifty Shades of Grey, The Next Best Thing, The Last Song)
  • Cut out unnecessary purchases-Half and half, that new car got me

Half way through 2013 and not bad. There are still some things I want to do, and some I’d like to continue. The best part is I still have 6 more months to work on these goals.

 

How was your June? Have you met any of your 2013 goals? What are your goals for the rest of 2013?