Another month gone, another month where my running has been sporadic.
Today is the last day of the month and our Tuesdays on the Run tradition for the last day is to rate our month. I’d kind of like to give my month a big fat F. But, honestly, that would be me just being pissed at running. Most of my life has actually been going well. So let’s chat…
Let’s start with the good…
I ran my 76th half marathon and my 2nd international half marathon on the very first day of the month. It was not a great race for a lot of reasons, but I finished and I could still walk the next day. Definitely an A.
I started training for my 5th Marine Corps Marathon. I’m a good bit behind on distance and don’t plan to catch up, but I’m rocking the hot weather running. At least that’s going well. A.
The remainder of my running has been “meh”. My foot only wants to run a few days a week. It doesn’t hurt while I’m running, but I struggle with some tenderness for the next 24 hours. I’m gonna call that a C-.
I’m still rocking the weights and the eating plan. I fell a bit off the wagon while we were traveling – it’s hard to do IF when your body can’t figure out what time it is. But I managed to keep my weight stable and I’ve jumped back into the weight lifting. I’m bummed I can’t run more, but my muscles are strong and my mood is mostly stable, so win! A+.
I’m managing to keep all of the balls in the air, most of the time. I’ve unexpectedly had to help my son a lot more than planned with his summer school class. Thankfully it’s a topic I actually know a lot about, so having to explain things that weren’t clear in the materials was actually easy for me. Quality time with my teen + he aced the test = A+.
Unfortunately, between summer school, my two jobs, working out, and running the household, my time is pretty accounted for, so my younger son has spent more time than desired on Fortnite. I hate how that game has sucked in him and all of his friends, but the project I planned for us this summer (painting the garage) has been impossible due to all of the rain we’ve been getting. C for this one. Thank goodness he has another camp coming up.
I’m going to give July a solid B. It started off amazing with our trip to Australia, but has been a little crazy and at the same time, a little boring since we got home. August should be better with a trip to Wisconsin (including a visit to the ZOOMA Great Lakes location and our annual beer festival). One kid will be in sleep away camp and the other will be done with summer school, so fun should be had by all.
Now if I could just convince my foot that running 5 days a week is where it’s at… (Heck, I’d settle for 4 quality runs and another double digit run soon.)
How was your July? Are you a big fan of summer or does it throw you off schedule like it does me every year?
And a little birdie told me that ZOOMA is having a flash sale tomorrow. Check out their social media for details.
Upcoming Tuesdays on the Run topics:
8/7: What’s your BHAG? (Big Hairy Audacious Goal)
8/14: How has running changed you?
8/21: Summer running goals still left to check off
8/28: Grade your month
9/4: Fall running plans and favorites
9/11: How will your running schedule change in fall?
9/18: What are your tricks to keep running exciting?
9/25: Grade your month