Wrapping up July

Well, weโ€™ve sprinted through another month and here we sit at the end of July. As I sit here recovering from a rare-mid-day run, it seems like as good a time as any to put a wrap on this month.

Good things for the month:

  • Pain-free running! Yep…I’m almost afraid to put it in print. After months of dealing with the nagging hip/glute/piriformis thing, I’m happy to say my July miles were pain-free! (cue the choir!)
  • Thanks to the lack of annoying injuries, I’ve felt confident enough to start sprinkling in both speed work and hill work.

Things I could do without:

  • I’ve done enough whining about the weather…so let’s just leave that alone and move on.
  • I was definitely lacking a little on strength training as the month wore on – if I plan to stay injury-free, I’ve definitely got to get back on that!

On the decks for August:

  • More mileage. As I runfessed, I’ve got 7 weeks until my next half marathon, time to make those “long runs” longer!
  • Back to planks. I’ve let the planking slide a little lately, but I feel a streak coming on!
  • I also runfessed that my nutrition has been lack luster, so it’s time to start paying attention. On the flip side, it’s my birthday month and there will be some celebrating…it’s all about balance, right ๐Ÿ˜‰

And, that’s a wrap! Iโ€™m linking up withย Hollyย &ย Tricia, and this weekโ€™s guest hostย Deborah for the Weekly Wrap. Be sure to stop by and visit these great ladies!



  1. So glad to hear that you have been running pain free!! I am hoping to keep that up as well. Looking forward to a stellar August myself. Thanks for linking up for the weekly wrap
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  2. Woo hoo to pain free running! I had a great month too, but kind of ended on a low note today with a flare of my RA. I’m heading to bed and hoping it just settles down. Fingers crossed. I don’t have time for this!
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  3. So glad you’ve been pain-free! That’s a birthday gift in itself — although you worked hard on your recovery.
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  4. Hooray for a pain-free month of running! That is such great news ๐Ÿ™‚

    You know I totally relate to you on the whole summer weather thing, lol
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  5. Pain free running is excellent! I know what a pain in the a$$ the glute/piriformis stuff is LOL I’m excited to hear you’re back at planking ๐Ÿ˜‰
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  6. Yay for a solid month of pain-free running!! It’s such a rare gift for most runners that you want to celebrate but are afraid to mention it out loud for fear of jinxing it!!

    Here’s to many more months of pain-free running for you Michelle!
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  7. Yay for pain free running! Sounds like July was a good month ๐Ÿ™‚ Hope that you have a good birthday month as well.
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  8. Yay for a pain-free month of running! And I’m the same way about the weather–it is what it is, but trying not to complain about it!

  9. I’m so happy that you were pain-free this month! And how did I not know we share a birthday month? I hope training continues to go well! What race is next?
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  10. Hey, yes, being free of pain is really amazing feeling. I know it from my own experience because during my career I was also very prone to injures, but I have decided to be more careful and lowered the weight a little bit.
    Great summary!
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  11. Yay for pain-free runs!! I too have been getting back to planks and more core work! Enjoy your birthday month!!
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  12. Running pain free is always music to my ears. That is awesome for you!
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  13. Yay for a good month and more to come! It seems we are always complaining about the weather, right? I know I have been here!
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