June was supposed to be my recovery month after San Diego Rock ‘N’ Roll Marathon, but since I decided to throw in the towel at the last minute I just kept on trekking. I am always amazed how enjoyable it is to just run without the pressure of a training plan. Even though my overall mileage stays more or less the same (without the weekly long run), just not running by a schedule makes it so much easier. I shall keep this in mind when I start my next training. For now I will concentrate on running uphill in preparation for Pier-to-Peak in early September. And running up some hills is really all one can do to train for this race, also known as the “world’s toughest Half Marathon”. Runners will follow the race route from the Friendship Dolphins Fountain at the edge of Sterns Wharf all the way up to La Cumbra Peak, which overlooks the city and the water from an elevation of nearly 4,000 feet above sea level. It is straight up for 13.1 miles with a very very short but sweet (believe me you will want to kiss the ground at that point) downhill at mile 12.
June started out rather cool for our neck of the woods with temperatures hovering around the 80 degree mark (shut up!)(we are spoiled!)(and wimps!) but at least I did not have to deal with the June Gloom that descends on Santa Barbara every summer and often left me shivering and damp. For the last two weeks we have finally been blessed with summer. Triple digits are here to stay! I cannot wait for the next two months which will be H O T!!!
Following is a reflection of how I spent my time in running shoes this past month:
|Total Distance:||227.93 miles|
|Total Time:||55:04:19 min|
|Run Distance:||158.1 miles|
|Run Time:||20:15:19 min|
|Walk Distance:||69.8 miles|
|Walk Time:||20:49:00 min|
Shortest run: 5.3 miles
Longest run: 7 miles
Average speed: 7:41 min/miles
Strength & Endurance Class: 5 hours
Core Central & Abs Class: 4 hours
Yoga: 4 hours
Aerobics: 1 hour
Today’s Running Tip: Plan for fall’s running season!
Even though temperatures are climbing and we are sweating on the open road, this is a good time to start planning for fall and the beginning of running season. Choose a race you want to train for and put together a training pan, so you are all set for you first training run!