Now that we have closed down July (rather successfully, if I do say so myself), it’s time to focus on August.
1. Continue with increased mileage.
The changes I’ve made with my increase in weekly mileage have been pretty positive – I felt like I was dragging through my three mile runs, but the five milers are, interestingly, more manageable. I like how the boost in my week’s running has given rise to less wearing long runs. It’s a good feeling, and I know that when the weather cools down, I will be happy with the results.
Rock ‘n’ Roll Philadelphia is the next big event on the calendar.
I’ve got about six weeks to complete my training and be ready to run. It’s been quite a while since I crossed the finish line on a 13.1 distance, and while I’m nervous, I know it will be a fabulous experience (Want to join me in Philly? Remember that code RUNPUGS will save you $15 on your registration!)*.
2. Yoga, yoga and more yoga.
I found a great yoga challenge on Instagram (follow me at @RunsWithPugs and check out #TheHeartofPractice). There are some positions that are a regular part of my practice, and some that will be greatly challenging for me. We’ll see how it goes, but I’m excited to see where I can go with it.
3. Secure coaching for goal race and establish goals.
While I have several half marathons on the books this year, the one where I really hope to excel is the Space Coast Half.
2016 marks my fourth year running this particular, which will bring me one step closer to the five-year bonus medal. You know how I love my bling.
Last year, I had a very specific time goal in mind, but after my injury and hiatus, I’m not sure if setting such a goal is even remotely realistic. It’s something I will have to discuss with the Empower Coaching ladies. I’m hopeful that my confidence and anxiety doesn’t get in the way, and that I can have a half of which I’m really proud, even if it’s not PR-worthy.
4. Register for another 5K.
I realized that with all the races I have coming up, I have been lacking in 5Ks. It’s not my favorite distance, but I do miss those quick mornings or evenings with my running friends. Granted, I’ve had a few more mornings to sleep in, but I miss the charge of race day. I want to play it smart and safe, but that’s no reason to cut out all the fun.
5. Get back to running with Mr PugRunner.
Mr PugRunner “retired” in November. He was burned out from running and he was complaining of knee soreness (his doctor assured him that it wasn’t serious and wasn’t anything that couldn’t be corrected by strength training). He has been talking about getting a new pair of shoes, and he finally went shopping for them. When I asked if they were for running, or just for a pair of active shoes, he said he thinks it’s time he tried running again.
He did make it clear that he is only interested in 5Ks, and that’s ok. I’m proud of him for deciding to come back and I hope he enjoys it a little more with shorter distances. I have missed him on race day.
There shouldn’t be any reasons why I can’t knock these out of the park. Here’s to another solid month!
What are your goals for August?
Do you ever work with a running coach?
*As a Rock ‘n’ Blogger, my entry to the Rock ‘n’ Roll Virtual Series/Make a Band and Global Tour Pass were complimentary. All opinions are my own.