It’s that time of the month again – the time we dig deep and think about how our month went and then share for Tuesdays on the Run. I have to admit that I had a hard time deciding how I felt about June. It was somewhere between awful and epic!
June was an interesting month. My heel and ankle mostly behaved themselves, but for the most part, running was nonexistent. Well, except for Ragnar weekend. I ran fewer than 50 miles all month and 30 of them were at Ragnar PA!
I started off the month with an awesome weekend with my fellow Skirt Sports Ambassadors at our retreat. The retreat closed with the Skirt Sports 13er – where I ran the 5K.
The highlights of the 5K were no pain while running and I got to run it with one of my closest friends. When we finished, it was cheer time and I got to spend 2+ hours eating cake and cheering on the finishers of the 10K and 13er.
We returned from vacation and immediately hosted a Global Running Day event with Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series. It was a ton of fun and I got to meet the course director for the DC race. Of course we asked him why he had to put that horrible hill at mile 7…
And then I stopped running again. My foot just did not want to heal. Add in some fun with a congested inner ear and running just did not seem like a viable option. So, I kept lifting weights and hoping that I’d get to run Ragnar.
Finally, we headed out for Ragnar PA. Literally right up to the first run, I had no idea how much pain I’d have or how badly my stamina had tanked from not running. As it turns out, no pain and my base held strong (more details in a race report soon!) It hurt between runs, but apparently all that time I’ve spent becoming a mid-forefoot runner paid off.
I’ll be honest and admit that there hasn’t been a lot of running since Ragnar either. But that’s ok. I’m lifting and biking and moving in other ways and for now my foot appreciates that. I have a race coming up soon, so I’m going to err on the side of keeping it healthy.
How about you? Was June a good month or a dud month for you?
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20 thoughts on “The highs and lows of June running”
Hope you continue to heal! June was good. DNF my double marathon at mile 46 because of stomach issues, then came down with a strep throat type of virus. but I recovered from both, hired a running coach, and am looking forward to a September 100k
Ugh, that sucks. Good luck with your 100k!
It always amazes me how well you so with sometimes less than optimal training. You had so many fun things this month!
Apparently my base is pretty strong LOL.
Congrats on the Ragnar! That sounds like a lot of fun. I am excited to read your race report. I have never done one, but I have done other long relays and loved them. I just would not want to be the one to organize. My June was going well until yesterday. I tried to do a long run (19) and had to cut it short. I have pain in my hip that will not go away. Ugh!
I love Ragnar. Other than the van, the organizing is not that hard. But it was nice to not be the captain this time LOL. I hear you on the nagging pains. Hope your hip improves soon.
You did quite a bit despite a nagging injury. Sounds like taking some time off can only continue to help let it heal. I had sort of a similar month of running, sort of.
I’m kind of over the injury, but it won’t quite go away. So frustrating. Luckily I can still run…
Clearly, you have the key to staying healthy–you listen to your body! Good for you. You had a great month. That Ragnar race sounded fun. Lots of running, tho!
I want to do Chicago to Madison one of these years – you should join me!
I think your base will sustain (for the most part) so when you’re ready to resume your running routine, you’ll be good. I love that Ragnar medal! Your pics were fun to follow on Insta!
Ragnar was a blast. Come run one with me sometime! Running seems to be ok, walking not so much.
I’m so glad your foot/ankle cooperated when you needed it to. Here’s to some complete and speedy healing.
Thanks, I’d love to wake up and not have the first step hurt. It’s almost like I have PF, but not in the right spot for it.
That base is so important! Glad you were able to run Ragnar. My left ankle tends to get cranky at the end of a training cycle, and I’m trying to figure out why.
Thanks! Hope you figure out what’s going on with your ankle.
Sounds like a fun retreat! I’d call the month a win.
I think lifting weights and biking is definitely going to help keep your fitness up, as well as give that foot the rest it needs. I’m looking forward to reading your Ragnar recap, too. With all the stuff that you did, I’d say you had a pretty great June!
I hope your foot continues to improve and I love that you are doing other fitness activities. June was a good month for me. Got back to running after a small break and I am coping with the cold winter months here!
you have been super busy this month! The retreat and Ragnar too fun! What’s up for July?