Oh the wonderful month of July. I guess July marked the 1/2 way point of the training depending on how you look at it. As awesome as I felt on the final run of June, the big 15 miler, I felt equally as BAD in July. I mean I hate to blame stuff that is out of my control on what seems to be an entire month of regression, but I'm going to anyway. July saw 11 days of 100+ degree temperatures. The humidity was awful. And on top of that, I obtained a sinus infection and a double ear infection. Enough complaining though! I did manage to log 97.23 miles this month and I stuck to the plan. Well actually, I said screw the plan the last half of the month and started adding mileage to it. Once I started adding mileage to the plan I actually started doing a little better. July also saw a brand new pair of pumped up kicks, courtesy of Fleet Feet. The Asics are nice, but they def. do not feel as awesome as the Brooks I had until mid July. I'll probably roll Asics until Marathon day, then bust back out the Brooks for the big day. July saw me hit a wall as far as weight loss goes. I entered the month at 171 lbs and ended the month at 171 lbs. I was crazy hungry this month though. I cant complain too much, as I'm still down 50 lbs since last December. July saw an EPIC fundraiser at Foothills! We raised about 800 bucks that day for the Team Timmons and Team Swaim Think Pink Rocks charity for a Cure for breast cancer! With a company match, we are still a combined 1600 short, although Team Timmons has raised about 2K more than Team Swaim. Kudos to him. Great effort indeed! If you are reading this and feel sorry for me due to my lack of funds raised, fix that by clicking HERE
This month on the trails I saw some pretty crazy stuff, not least of all the Elkin PD pulling his car behind mine and getting out to chase down a perp on foot. I was also befriended by a Pitbull (everywhere? Everywhere!) in Jonesville that I was initially confident that he was going to eat my face.
Up next: August. Game day is in sights. Only 3 short months remain. I'm getting pretty dang nervous. Actually, I am VERY dang nervous. Nervous enough to have nightmares about the horrible possibilities of game day in November. 3 Months. Lets do this.