We meet again, July! If I’m not mistaken, it was this month last year when I took myself to my local running store to get fitted for my first real pair of running shoes. I quickly retired my four or five-year-old pair of Nikes, which ashamedly looked a little too good for wear (strict elliptical use will do that). After years of spouting, “I will never run a marathon,” I had somehow found myself willing to run a 5-miler.
A whole year later, I’m not sure my old self would believe the new self would share her monthly running goals publicly or even still be running. This July, I’m training for the very same race I did a year ago, but a brand new distance: the half marathon. I was desperately inexperienced with running last year, and I made a few mistakes that forced me to skip the 2014 5-miler, but I’m very optimistic about these next three months.
- Slowly work in more running. After building mileage too quickly last month, I felt a little recurring leg pain and resorted to rest and walking. Half marathon training started on Monday, and I’ve planned to walk/run my miles and prioritize foam rolling, ice and stretching until I feel that I can run all of my miles again.
- Cross train 2x per week. I need to commit to cross training this month, and while I would like it to be three times a week, I am keeping these goals achievable.
- Stretch 4x per week. I danced classical ballet until I was 17, and stretching is a thing that feels natural and stress-relieving. I’ve been lax about it lately, and I can tell how much tighter I feel as a result. Whether it’s five minutes before bed or thirty minutes during an episode of OITNB, I want to commit to stretching at least 4x per week.
- Do shin strengthening exercises 4x per week. I hope to do this before or after the stretching. I plan on working in resistance band exercises this time around.
- Cook more meals. I’m not sure if it’s the heat or juggling new responsibilities, but I’ve definitely been cooking fewer meals at home than usual. This means I spend more money, eat less nutritious food and ultimately, feel a little gross when that take-out is junk. Time to get back in the kitchen 🙂
Are you beginning to train for a race this month? What are you hoping to accomplish this month?