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Thursday, August 31, 2017

August 2017 Recap

August was a monster month for me! Once my lingering digestive issues cleared up, I really hit the trails hard. I can't believe how much running I got in this month. It's a great confidence boost heading into September.

AUGUST TOTALS:
Distance: 161.4 miles (up from 126.9 in July)
Time Spent Running: 33:49 (up from 32:16 in July)
Elevation Gain: 22,458 ft (up from 17,311 in July)

THE BIG PICTURE:
A hundred and sixty damn miles. If you told me a year ago that I'd run that many miles in a month, I would've laughed at you. That's more than double what I was running in 2016. And the elevation gain? Holy smokes. Lemme put this in perspective: in all of 2016, I gained 23,825 ft total. I almost eclipsed that in this month alone! I'm excited about these numbers, and I'm not embarrassed to say so. They may not seem impressive to you, but they're a HUGE mark in the victory column for me, and I'm very proud. :)

THE GOOD:
  • Numbers continued on an upward trend.
    • I don't know how long I can keep that up, but I'll do my best! All I know is that I'm really enjoying running right now. When it feels this good, it's hard to stop.
  • Lost a little weight.
    • I'm down to about 152 lbs right now, hovering between 11 and 12% body fat. I'd be thrilled to tone up just a bit more in the next month, but I'm more than happy with where I'm at right now.
THE LESS-THAN-GOOD:
  • I honestly don't know.
    • Things are just clicking right now. I'll continue to gradually increase my weekly mileage and hope for the best.
Okay, that's all for now! Let's go run!

~JVB

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

July 2017 Recap

The good times continued to roll for the most part in July. I hit a few speed bumps later in the month with the loss of a friend and a round of stomach problems, but nothing that entirely sidelined me. I still feel terrific about the progress I'm making as a runner!

JULY TOTALS:
Distance: 126.9 miles (down from 131.4 in June)
Time Spent Running: 32:16:41 (up from 29:34:16 in June)
Elevation Gain: 17,311 ft (up from 14,387 in June)

THE BIG PICTURE:
While my overall mileage was slightly down for the month, I made consistent gains in both time spent running and elevation gain, which is fantastic (and, arguably, more important). July saw the official start of my structured training plan for Indian Creek, and so far I've done a pretty good job of sticking to the plan. I can't expect every month to be a massive improvement from the previous month, but as long as I can keeping inching forward in my health and fitness, then I'm happy!

THE GOOD:
  • Time on feet went up.
    • I'm spending more time running! 32+ hours on my feet is a new monthly high for me. It's easy to get out the door when I'm discovering new trails and routes. :)
  • Elevation gain up.
    • I have no idea how I continue to see increases in this number, but it's happening and I'll take it! I used to dread the idea of a hilly run (which is silly, considering that my marathon PR is on a hilly course), but now I'm really starting to enjoy the ups and downs.
  • Nutrition getting better.
    • I like to celebrate victories that aren't based on numbers (although I suppose technically you could say my weight is a number). I've started really focusing on eating high quality foods in reasonable portions, and I'm down by about 3-4 lbs of body fat (hovering around 11.6%). But more importantly, I'm starting to feel better. 
THE LESS-THAN-GOOD:
  • Strength training.
    • My strength training circuit has taken a bit of a back seat in the grand game of "How Much Time Do I Have Today," and I'd like to re-incorporate those exercises into my week.
Okay, that's all for now! Let's go run!

~JVB