We are five days into the month of June. I got up early to get in a long run, but I should have headed out the door immediately. To say the sun was warm this morning is a bit of an understatement. My goal as I headed out was to do 8 miles. I toyed with several ideas how to do that. One of the considerations was that I needed to be back at the house at the 4 mile mark to refuel. To do that, I separated my run into two out-and-back segments. The first was part of my normal 5 mile route. The second was new territory for me. The out part took me straight into the sun. I was sweating profusely and I forgot to wear a cap so sweat was getting into my eyes and was painful – then I turned around and had a bit of a headwind, which helped immensely. I was able to get in 8 miles and that makes my longest run since this time last year. It was a good run clocking in at a 12:24 pace overall. That’s been the pace of some of my shorter runs.
As of the end of the first week of June I have 25 miles recorded. One of the things I have been tracking this year is comparing my cumulative mileage to other years. At this point in the year I have already accumulated 462 miles. This beats 2016 through 2020. It also beat 2010 – but that was my first year of running. If I continue on this pace, I should easily be able to surpass 2015 again. My current monthly average is 77 miles per month…but I am early in the month. By next week, that average should be much higher, especially if I can kick out another 25 to 30 miles.
One of the other things I am working on is a running streak. My normal running routine is 5 miles (or an hour) which ever is longer on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday, with a long run on Saturday. From Memorial Day to Independence Day, I am trying to run at least a mile every day. That means I need to work in one mile on Sunday, Wednesday, and Friday – and then walk 3 each day. My one mile runs on Tuesday and Friday this week were good – clocking in at a 10:50 pace both times. I’m going to be curious if these one mile runs help build my overall pace.
Considering that summer is really starting to kick in, I felt good about today’s run and my overall running/walking effort this week. I’m hoping the hard work during the summer will yield benefits this fall. I’d really like to get back to running 6 miles in an hour – which would be a 10 minute mile pace. It’s been a long time since I’ve been able to do that. That wraps it up and I will be PRESSING ON!