July you have been epic! There've been travels and trails and sunshine and races and all of the good stuff. I don't really know where to begin recapping it, but I do know that I feel immensely grateful for everything I've experienced and how awesome training feels right now.
The first week of July was spent out in Menorca on holiday. A proper holiday. Time when I could do whatever I wanted, or nothing at all. I've not stopped since we went to India in January and it was great to have some time to hang out with Mike and take a breather. While we were away I discovered that I really love swimming! I swam every day either in the pool or out in the sea, exploring some of the island's beautiful bays, and I loved how strong spending time in the water made me feel.
Exploration really sums up my runs this week. In Menorca I spent some time exploring the Cami de Cavalls, a path that stretches along the entire coast of the island and is amazing if you fancy a bit of trail running! The 10km stretch I did was tough, but I loved the challenge of running on a whole host of different terrain. I even made a little video of my adventures but I've been terrible at editing, I promise it'll be up soon!
Love Trails was another opportunity to explore. This time we got to play outside on the beautiful Gower Peninsula in South Wales. It was a lot of fun heading out with the Mikkeller Running Club to run up some hills and drink some beer, and it's defiantly inspired me to check out their monthly runs from Brew Dog Clapham. The whole weekend was immense, Mike discovered a love for trail on the basis that every run seemed to end with a beer and even got competitive in the legendary Beer Mile Relay. I don't think I've seen him so in his element in a long time! We'll definitely be back next year.
After months of structured runs and illness it's been really nice to spend time running for fun. Hitting ParkRun with Backpackers, catching up with friends on a run around London, taking part in the Epic London Relay, things I might've passed on at other times in my training cycle. It felt good, and it was nice to mix things up.
Strength training continues to be a joy. I love every moment of it. Yes it's hard, but it's also an amazing learning opportunity. How often do we really try and understand our physical weaknesses and then work on them? Yes we might try to run faster, or longer, but what about strengthening your lower back so you can hold your form? The whole process is fascinating and I love feeling the changes to my body. Getting stronger is awesome.
July you've been fun, you've taught me lots, you've got me excited for the future. August you're going to take all of that and make me a bad ass.
How's your training been this month?