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July In Review

August 1, 2012

Looking Back

Total Mileage: 223.6 (new personal record- old record 206.5)

Wasn’t July one of the warmest on record in Minnesota? Yes. I don’t think I would have beaten that old record without mapping out my July runs in late May or early June. I actually had a s-t-r-e-t-c-h goal of 237.5 miles with a core goal of 198 miles. I’m wired to move from point A to point B without having to think too hard. By having the plan laid out well in advance, I’m able to easily see my daily number and do it. When my life calendar starts to fill up, I can easily look at the days to anticipate the bumps and make adjustments.

It also helps to have a race paid for and on the calendar. By doing so, I force myself to put together a plan with definitive start and end dates. Within that context, I can put in meaningful miles all with a goal in mind. It also, once the race has been run, gives me permission to take a period of time to slow down and/or do nothing to allow my body to recover before the next race.

Mizuno 3rd pair (nos. 1 & 2 are retired): 58.6 miles for the month & 472 miles overall

Mizuno 4th: 135.5 miles & 246.25 overall

Adidas track: 29.5 miles & 263.85 overall

What’s up with all the shoes? I tend to rotate 2 pairs of shoes for my mileage and have one lighter pair for my “speed” workouts. The reason for rotating two pairs of shoes is to allow the cushioning in each pair a day to recover between uses. Since I’m running 6 days a week with speed workouts happening usually once a week, my shoes need recovery time just like me. The benefits to me will hopefully be fewer injuries and longer lasting shoes. Additionally, I have the flexibility to change shoes depending on the type of run I will be doing. Here’s what Mizuno has to say about rotating.

Weight: 175 lbs

Looking Ahead

Race Day on August 18th

Core Mileage Goal: 182.3

Stretch Mileage Goal: 221.3

Weight Goal: 170 lbs

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