The June I never have? What does that even mean?
Most Junes, I find myself injured or burned out. Not every June, but I usually have a hiccup that it’s rarely a smooth month of running for me. In my early twenties, it was the month I often sat out with a serious injury. In my later twenties, I either found myself coming back from something, burned out, or just not running.
But this June, June 2020, was a smooth workout month for me. In the current world, my running has been good. Great, even. If you are looking to follow my workouts, I do have a Strava which is why I removed the weekly training logs. Plus, there is not much to train for now.
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Today's long run was 12 miles averaging about 8:28. First mile was 9 mins and last was 7:36. It was a good run but not much of note. Today's run concludes more running than I've done in a couple of years. When I got injured on March 1st, I knew I was burned out. I wasn't running well. I wasn't racing well. Most importantly, I wasn't really enjoying it. No one wants a stress fracture but the recovery was fairly easy and with rest, I healed. The time away gave my body and my mind a break. In only a couple of months, I'm running the same pace as early in the year and only getting faster again. Never underestimate the power of a true break.
Miles Run: 311 (this is the most amount of miles I’ve run in maybe two years)
Range of Paces: 6:34-11:30
Bike Miles: 209
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You know those days that you finish a run feeling good and you think it will turn into a productive day? Well I can tell you although my run was great, that isn’t what happened today… Beautiful morning for a run but after that my mind seemed to shut down and my couch and I bonded for a few too many hours.
I couldn’t be happier with how the month went. I’ve started slowly building my miles. My goal pretty much until the pandemic is over is to build a base. With no races on the horizon, I don’t find it necessary to get into “the best shape ever.”
I find when I add those faster and harder workouts, I am more likely to get injured. I would rather build a large aerobic base and see where it takes me. I was talking with a good friend and I’ve realized I run well when my longer runs are 14 miles and below, so I’ve been keeping to the 12-mile range. It feels good, and all of my runs are done in under 2 hours (usually under 1:45).
Biking has been a nice afternoon activity. I’ve done a lot of neighborhood biking when our realtor shows the house or just to get some movement and work different muscles.
July will be about the same. I don’t plan to increase mileage much more. This is a good spot for me.
It’s been nice to able to be consistent with running. I haven’t been consistent with running in months. Even during marathon training in 2019, there was always at least 1-2 days off I would take per week due to life.
I’m excited to see how much fitness I can build over the next few months. I have the time, so why not?
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