After my DNF at Sulphur Springs 100 at the end of May, I took some time off to regroup and figure out what I wanted to do next. But I’m back to blogging now!
It took about two weeks for my knee to recover from the injury that I got during Sulphur. Once the pain went away, my athletic therapist had okay-ed me to start running again. Let’s say that I got a little too excited about being able to run again and re-irritated my knee with a 45km week of running. I’ve pulled back on the running with some swimming, biking and core work added in and my knee seems to be good but I’m still being cautious.
I’ve decided to take a step back from ultras for this training cycle and focus on improving my marathon time. I haven’t given marathon training a serious effort since my first one three years ago so I think it’s time. Plus the lower mileage will give me a chance to recover and get stronger before attempting a 100 again.
I still have two 50km trail races on the schedule for late summer but I probably will not race them. Instead I’ll just enjoy being out on the trails.
In total this month, I have run around 100km. It’s a low mileage month but I’m pretty happy with it considering it was the month following my 100 mile attempt. I have also swam multiple times and I’ve been commuting on my bike so I’ve been biking 50+km a week.
My goals for July are really just to enjoy this time of reduced training. It’s great to have time to go hiking and bike everywhere. I’m trying to stay on top of all my physio exercises and foam rolling so I come back stronger. I have a 10km race (Beaches Jazz Run in Toronto) on the schedule for the end of the month but that’s it for July.
I am also getting married in just over a week so training has been taking a backseat to getting ready for that! The week after our wedding, we’re going camping at La Mauricie National Park in Quebec so expect a post on my running adventures there.
What’re your July plans? How did your June go?