living in the now

Still rambling about running. Sometimes other things.

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Still feeling 'new'

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 ...

A February update: Still here!

My plans to blog more about running quickly changed after I started a new job where I'm writing and editing more than I ever have before. 

Every time I think I'm going to sit down and write a post, I'm too tired to do it. And now, all of a sudden, I've had my longest gap ever between posts. 

I hate that it's happened, but it's the reality I'm in right now. I'm not going to make any promises about writing more.

Here are a few things that have been on my mind in the past month and a half: 

1. I'm a Rock 'n' Roll race ambassador! I announced that a while ago on Twitter, but now it's officially official. 

2. My first stop in becoming an ambassador was to find at least one race that will fit my schedule and include a return to a marathon. I settled on the Savannah Marathon in November. Much more on all that later. (Maybe!)

3. Shamrock is just three Sundays away. WHAT? My goal of a PR is still on my mind, but I don't know if that's realistic, which leads me to No. 4 

4. I finally got to a long run of 10 miles today, but I wanted to do that at least two weeks ago. My overall mileage is about 10-15 percent less than what I want, but I've had some good hill workouts and good speed work at weekly basketball games. So ... we'll see. 

5. At least for Shamrock I'll have a nice new green shirt: 

New shirt for Shamrock. And I need a haircut. #runchat #shamrockon16

A photo posted by David H. (@runningbecause) on

6. My cross training has been awful, but I've done some really simple workouts this week other than running. 

7. It's been cold and snowy, then warm, then cold, then we had tornadoes an hour away this week. I can't believe I didn't even blog about my snow runs at the end of January!

8. A beautiful snow run! ;) 

9. One of the things I've had to adjust to in the past couple of months is my new schedule. I'm not running at 5 a.m., so I've moved my normal run time in the week to 4 p.m. That's certainly not an easy time to run, but I know I'll get used to it eventually. 

10. At one of the recent #RunChat hours, a few people got a little negative about people who love race medals. #RunChat is a mostly positive experience and I certainly understand that we'll have topics that aren't appealing to everyone. I won't ever apologize for that.

If there's something you don't like, it's really easy to not answer that question, or do it in a way that can add value to the conversation. You never know when you might meet someone from #RunChat in real life ...