monthly miles {july}

The hottest month of the year has come and gone. Here’s a recap of July!

Total miles: 133.19 — This is the most miles I have ever ran in one single month!

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Fun places I ran: I spent a lot of time in Seminole County this month. We ran in Oviedo and Winter Springs several times, on the overpass, road, and trail.

Races I ran: No races this month.

Favorite running thing this month: The list is long! I swear I pack a bag for each long run just to make sure I have everything. I will definitely do a post about marathon training essentials after this is all said and done. Two of my favorite things right now are the Honey Stinger Energy Chews and my Camelbak Hydration Pack. I have the Charm.

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Longest run: I hit my “longest run ever” three times this month when we ran 14, 16, and 18 miles. My longest run of the month (and of my life) was 18 miles on the Cross Seminole Trail.

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Non-running workouts: I spent a lot of time on the spin bike, both reading and chatting. I also went to piyo which was awesome!

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Next month: Marathon training continues and I’ve got a 20 miler on the schedule in just a couple of weeks. School also starts up in a couple of weeks, so our routine at the house will be changing. Hopefully by the end of the month we’ll be in the new swing of things!

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Happy running!

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monthly miles {june}

Somehow, June is already over and marathon training is underway!

Total miles: 65.9 miles

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Fun places I ran: I did two runs in the Sarasota area this month. I ran my ten mile long run in Long Boat Key, which was so pretty! My recovery run was next to the beach with some pretty great views.

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Favorite running thing this month: I finally got fitted for new running shoes this month. I have actually never been fitted, which is crazy, so I headed our local running store, Track Shack, to see what they recommended. I ended up with the Asics GEL-Pursue 3. I absolutely love them! I also am loving my new OOFOS flip flops. They are so ugly, I know, but they are so comfortable! I was having a lot of pain in both of my feet for a couple of weeks and these have helped so much. I do not go barefoot anymore, so I am basically living in these when I’m not at work. They are amazing!

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Non-running workouts: Now that training is officially underway, I have two cross training days per week. I went to piyo once this month which felt so good! I’ve also done the elliptical and the spin bike as my cross training workouts. I’m always looking for new ideas for cross training, so let me know if you have any good suggestions.

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Next month: Marathon training swings into high gear in July. My long runs get up to 18 miles which is very daunting to think about. I’m excited to continue extending my long runs. Currently, my longest run ever is around 13.5 miles. Aside from running, I am also focusing on stretching consistently, fueling before/during/after long runs, and paying attention to my diet since food is now fuel.

Happy running friends!

monthly miles {may}

May was my lightest mileage month so far this year.

Total miles: 34.42

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Fun places I ran: Greg and I did one stroller run this month in Sarasota. We ran alongside the beach so the views were great! The stroller was heavy! Kenley will likely start riding her bike with us during our family runs. I also ran with the girls at UCF which was a nice change of pace from our normal neighborhood routes.

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Races I ran: None!

Favorite running thing this month: I snagged a new pair of running sunglasses this month in preparation for summer running. I went with goodr Sunbathing with Wizards but already have my eye on a couple other colors. I really like them so far!

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Non-running workouts: Since I didn’t run as much this month, I did a lot more non-running workouts. I finally got back to piyo! It felt so good to do it again. I also did strength training a couple times this month, as well as many workouts on the elliptical. I went to the Y a lot more this month since it gives me an extra 30 minutes of sleep in the morning.

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Next month: Marathon training officially begins! I am excited to be back on a training schedule. I am excited to start training for the Chicago Marathon, but I would be lying if I said I wasn’t a little bit nervous. It’s getting real. I will also be continuing my fundraising endeavors next month. I’m over halfway to my goal of $1,000 and am completely blown away by the generosity of those who have already donated. THANK YOU!

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Happy running!

monthly miles {april}

We are creeping back into the heat here in Florida and it’s only going to get worse!

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Total miles: 52.48

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Fun places I ran: Disney World! Other than that, just the normal routes in our area.

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Races I ran: Run Disney Dark Side Half Marathon — I am working on a full race recap to come with a lot of pictures!

Favorite running thing this month: REST. As much as I hate to say it, I took a FULL WEEK off this month from running and working out. Following spring break, I was having what I thought to be groin pain. I stopped my first long run of the month after two miles because I didn’t want to push it. I ended up at the chiropractor and he said it was my hip flexor and psoas muscle, as opposed to my groin. Aside from resting, I have been focusing on stretching. I ran my race last weekend and it hurt pretty badly on Monday, but has healed up nicely this week. I definitely will be listening to my body over the next few months. I want to go into marathon training completely healthy!

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Longest run: 13.44 miles

Non-running workouts: I got on the elliptical a few days this month. I say it every month, but now that I don’t have any races on the calendar, I will be doing a lot of strength training in the coming months.

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Next month: I am dedicating the month of May to fundraising for Team RMHC and the Chicago Marathon. If you’d like to donate to a great cause, visit my Team RMCH page!

monthly miles {march}

Another month has come and gone!

Total miles: 67.67 (I couldn’t do that again if I tried)

Fun places I ran: Other than our normal neighborhood routes, I ran in downtown Orlando, Jacksonville, and overlooking the port of Nassau, Bahamas from the Disney Dream!

Races I ran: Best Damn Race half marathon and Gate River Run 15k

Favorite running thing this month: Free race photos! One major perk of the Best Damn Race is that they have free race photos for you to download. I’ve never purchased a race photo because they are usually about $25 per photo. Hopefully more races opt for this perk in the future!

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Longest run: 13.16 miles (BDR half marathon)

Non-running workouts: I was on point this month with my Monday morning non-running workouts at the Y. I did the elliptical every single week this month, which was one of my monthly goals. We didn’t make it to the Y as much this month on the weekends because of my race schedule and spring break, so that’ll be on the list for next month. And also, strength training. I failed miserably at that goal this month.

Next month: I will be running my first Run Disney race!

monthly miles {february}

February has already come and gone! Here is a quick recap of my monthly miles.

Total miles: 46.06 — It was definitely a light month thanks to a round of antibiotics due to bronchitis.

Fun places I ran: All of my runs this month were at our usual spots, either starting at the YMCA or at Starbucks. I also ran on the treadmill at the Y more this month which is fun when there is someone to run with!

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Races I ran: No races this month!

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Favorite running thing this month: The first thing is my LED running light. This was free in my swag bag from the Celebration half marathon and I really love it! There is no brand name on it so I am assuming it’s a generic light used for promotional purposes, but it gets the job done. I wear it around my ankle for our early morning runs. The other thing is podcasts! I listened to more podcasts this month thanks to my treadmill runs. I am still loving I’ll Have Another with Lindsey Hein and a new favorite is Ali on the Run.

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Longest run: 8 miles on two separate Saturdays. I opted to stop after 8 miles instead of doing 10 miles one of those days and my body thanked me later.

Non-running workouts: PIYO! I finally got back to piyo this past Saturday and I am so happy. I have missed it tremendously! I also got in several workouts on the elliptical at the Y, which was nice. Update on last month’s goals: I failed miserably at keeping up with BBG. I just couldn’t really get into it. I started out really strong with the plank a day challenge for February but quickly got sidelined thanks to the days of coughing. I started it back up afterwards, but didn’t ever get back to doing planks daily.

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Next month: I am looking forward to a lot of fun miles in March in different places. I have two races and we are going away for spring break so I’ll have a lot to report back on at the end of the month.

Happy running!

monthly miles {january}

My January miles ranged from temperatures in mid 30s to the mid 80s.
Welcome to Florida “winter”. Here is a quick rundown.

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Total miles: 67.6

Fun places I ran: Most of my miles were logged close to home, but we did run the Cross Seminole Trail starting at Black Hammock Trailhead which was a great change of pace. Two races this month also made for different running locations: the town of Celebration and the Mills/50 district.

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Races I ran: Lady Track Shack 5K and the Celebration half marathon

Favorite running thing this month: I am really loving my new socks that I got for Christmas, the Balega Enduro No Show socks. Not only are they super comfy, but I was really surprised that they kept my feet dry and warm during my rainy half marathon.

Longest run: My Garmin clocked the Celebration half marathon at 13.32 miles, making it my longest run of the month (and second longest run ever).

Non-running workouts: I have started to work on strength training and hope to continue this for the first half of the year until marathon training officially begins in June. I started the month doing (some) workouts from the Bikini Body Guide (BBG) but have somewhat abandoned those for now. I attended a Barre class at the Y this month which I really liked. My non-running cardio workouts have been on the elliptical and I attended one spin class.

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Next month: I don’t have any races in February, but I do have a couple in March, so February will include more training miles. I am planning to add in a lot of strength training this month, including a plank a day challenge.

Happy running!