By the numbers, July was a really good month - 80.8 miles was the second most miles in a month this year, it was nearly as many miles as the past two Julys combined and I had small increases every week in the month.
But for some reason, I feel like I could have done more. While I didn't let the weather win, the heat beat me down sometimes when it shouldn't have.
I actually felt better on my long runs than just about any point this past winter - it's the shorter runs that I need to work on.
I'm discovering how much I need to hydrate before, during and after a run so that I'm not so miserable at various points during the week.
I also need to find more time to get in longer runs during the week so I can increase my overall mileage in August. I did get in 6 miles today for the final run of the month, but that needs to be the norm, not the exception.
I've commented in several social media posts how much running feels "new" to me this year. I've missed these feelings of highs and lows so much, and that roller coaster ride is hard to get used to.
It's not always great, and that's a good thing.
Now it's on to August as I set my sights on more running and hitting (hopefully) triple digits with my monthly mileage, along with long runs that I didn't even get to when I was training for the Blue Ridge Marathon.
I just need to focus on doing my own thing and it will happen ...