The month started out with my three-races-in-two-days the first weekend. I did a 5K, a 10K and a 15K all within 24 hours. I PR’d in two out of three of those races. Woo hoo!
Then we packed up the kids (and a BUNCH of stuff) and drove up to Mammoth Lakes to go camping. I had never been to Mammoth and fell in LOVE with it. It was a perfect first camping trip for the kids. We camped with another family and kept busy with bike rides, hiking and enjoying the area.
There were cool geologic features as well as gorgeous and powerful waterfalls.
I even was able to show off my Jamba Juice “super powers.” *
On our second to last night, I checked Facebook from my phone and saw that Alissa (one of my blogger, facebook, dailymile buddies) posted something about being on her way to Mammoth Lakes. I sent her a message that we should get together for a run. We were able to meet up the next morning for a nice run around a bike path. Alissa and I had met once before at a race, but this was our first chance to run together. The altitude was kicking my @ss, but it was a great run. We decided to run again the next morning.
It was a great run with fabulous company in an unbelievable setting.The next day we decided to explore some of the trails near our campground. I had run briefly here earlier in the week, but felt much better going deeper into the woods with a friend. It was GREAT.
We ran a little more than nine miles. Unfortunately, I forgot to bring Gu. Normally, I can muscle through a nine mile run without fuel. However, at over 7000 feet on the last day of sleeping (or not sleeping) five nights in a tent and not having breakfast that morning….I bonked around mile 7. I haven’t felt that weak during a run in a long time. And I have never felt that weak that early. Luckily, Alissa had Gu with her that she generously offered me. It made all the difference in the world. I don’t know if it was mental or physical, but I was able to finish the run.
When we returned from vacation, I jumped right back into my runs. It was time to kick my long runs into gear. I ran 16.28, 17.72 and 18.69 miles on successive Saturdays. This past Saturday was the easiest for me of all of them. Ironically, the Huntington Beach 16-miler was the flattest yet most difficult of my recent long runs.
The weather for most of the month has been perfect for running. We have had overcast mornings followed by somewhat mild afternoons. We had some normal hot days, but nothing like years past. I hope that August continues like this…but I’m not optimistic.
If July was my best mileage month ever, I’m excited to see how August shapes up. My training calls for increased mileage, including several 20+ mile runs. This is good, since lately, my mood is more and more dependent on my running. There are some days where I am cranky all day except when I am running. My poor family…. But more on that in another post.
*I posed for the picture for a Team Jamba photo contest. The funny thing is… I climbed out onto a cliff that was 100 feet or so over the rocks and rapids, much to the worrying of my family. The picture doesn’t show my precarious location at all.