It’s August!!

I can’t believe it’s already August! July just flew by but I think a wedding and vacation will do that! July was a tough month for me running wise, it started off with plantar fasciitis and cross training was hard because I was so busy so the times for the pool or the gym didn’t usually work. Thankfully, the plantar fasciitis didn’t last long but it did mean a couple weeks of not running to be careful that I didn’t re-aggravate it.

In July, I ran 103km, my lowest mileage month in a long time. I’ve also been cross training a lot and commuting on my bike so I’ve been biking around 100km a week. I’m excited for my mileage to increase a lot in August! This week for the first time in quite a while, I’m back to running 5 days a week.

I have a lot going on in August, this is probably why the summer goes by way too quickly! Next weekend, Callum and I are heading to Ottawa for a short vacation and to run the Night Race there. The following week, I’m heading out west for the Black Spur Ultra in Kimberley, BC. I’ve never done a mountain race so I’m really excited about this one!

August Goals!

  1. Drink a cup of water before coffee in the morning – this one is hard for me but it’s also so important especially since it’s been so hot here recently.
  2. Stay on top of cross training even when I start running more – cross training tends to take a backseat once I start running again but it’s really the way to stay injury free so I’m hoping to stay on top of it.
  3. Get outside and enjoy the weather! – it’s been really hot recently and it’s easy to forget how long you look forward to this weather to then just hide from the heat. I’m going to try to embrace being able to be outside without a coat on because it doesn’t last long.

August will also have increased stats on my walking, swimming, biking, HR and everything else because as an early birthday present to myself, I bought a Garmin Fenix3 HR. I’ve been looking at new watches for a while, especially with more cycling and swimming recently. My old watch (Garmin Forerunner 220) is a great watch but it’s very much a running watch and I wanted more functionality. So with my birthday coming up, I decided to buy myself a new watch, it’s amazing and HUGE. I’m going to use it for a month or so and then do a blog post once I really get how everything works.

Lastly, Callum and I are moving at the end of August because there’s a big adventure coming up this fall that definitely deserves its own blog post. For now, let’s just say that we’ve bought a camper van and our fall/winter/spring will be spent on the road, trying to find the best places to run in the US.

What are your August plans? What are your August races?

Happy running!


3 thoughts on “It’s August!!

  1. adamhaesler August 6, 2016 / 8:58 am

    Hey hey Katherine,
    Sounds like you are having an amazing summer!

    For me I have 5peaks Revelstoke at the end of the month, it is 25k so nothing to insane, but I do not want to underestimate it as it certainly is a mountain race with almost 6kft of elevation gain.

    All the best at Black Spur, I look forward to hearing about it, as I plan to stay in BC racing all next year, and might do it.

    Have a wonderful day!😃

    • KatherineRunsUltras August 14, 2016 / 4:10 pm

      Hey Adam! I hope the 5peaks race went week, that’s a lot of elevation gain!

      • adamhaesler August 16, 2016 / 7:48 pm

        We shall see in a week and a half.

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