July Training Recap: A Month in Many States

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July of 2020 might have been the most states I’ve ever run in in one month. It was a busy life month as I moved from New Jersey to California.

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Miles Run: 305

Range of Paces: 6:22-12:15

Workouts: 4

Biking Miles: 142.83


As I moved across the country, it was a lot of fun to run in different states and environments. I definitely saw a lot of sights that way. During most of July, I removed workouts and just ran easy.

Since I’ve increased mileage for the Grit Summer Challenge, I didn’t want to increase mileage and add more speed. Plus, moving across the country was stressful in itself. Running mileage was easy, but I didn’t want to stress myself with hard workouts too. It was more enjoyable to run easy and enjoy the sights.

I enjoyed my biking in the first half of the month until I had to pack the bike up. I can’t believe I miss biking! On my last bike ride, I had my first fall and although banged up, I was fine.

My favorite workout in July wasn’t running, but hiking 30k for my 30th birthday! I knew I didn’t want to run 30 miles or even run 30k and hiking seemed like a lot of fun. I didn’t really think about how long it would take me until we were out there though. It was awesome!

Now that I’m settling into California, the “real work” of finding both a house and job begins. I can’t believe I live here now.  I didn’t expect California to be so windy.  Where I’m staying (a hotel_ is about 50 miles from the Bay Area, and it’s windier than any place I’ve run on the East Coast.

One of the most exciting things I did last month was to launch my Guide to Running Shoes Ebook. I worked the last few months on it and I’m pretty proud of it!

Posts from the Month:

Shoe Reviews:
Endorphin Speed Shoe Review
Hoka Clifton Edge Shoe Review
Asics Gel Cumulus 22 Shoe Review
Saucony Ride 13 Shoe Review

Product Reviews:
UnTapped Nutrition Review
Tifosi Running Sunglasses Review
UCAN Energy Bar Review
Seattle Gummy Company Mocca Shots Review

When the 10% Rule for Increasing Running Mileage Doesn’t Apply
Running Isn’t Everything
What a Virtual Run Challenge Taught Me
Tips for Morning Workouts
The Argument for Building a Base For Running (Now)

In all, it was a fun but crazy month. In August, I’m looking forward to getting back to speed workouts and getting settled in California.

Questions for you:
How was your month of training?
What is the biggest move you’ve done?