Is everybody enjoying this record breaking hot weather? Here in Indiana, I've had to begin my runs right at daybreak just to keep them cool enough to complete them before the sun gets too high. Still, I've really appreciated the flexibility that summer affords since there is no snow or ice to contend with! It's easy enough to avoid the heat of the day at 3pm.
I've now begun to increase my "per run" distance while still keeping my overall mileage down. This month I ran a 12 miler, a 10 miler and even a 15 miler (first ever!) with little or no damage to the feet. I am still resting at least one day after each run. And I take even more time off after the long runs. Recovery is beginning to take less and less time and my 10 miler was actually only 5 days after my first ever 12 miler! During this rest period, we took a short family vaction over to Springfield IL with the family.
Then 10 days after that 10 miler, I ran my first ever 15 miler...actually 15.35 miles. This was a Deming loop along with an out-and-back on Anthony Road (same basic route I hurt myself on back in Feb.) It was great to "survive" the run on that course while the earlier injury was in the back of my mind the whole time. The next day we took off for Beverly KY on a mission trip to Red Bird Mission with the whole family and 25 of us from Christ United Methodist Church in Westfield, IN. This was a week long mission trip and was an absolutely awesome chance to be the hands and feet of Jesus Christ. We saw tremendous growth as a group and as individuals as well helping the folks of Southeastern KY...a very poor region indeed. God is good!
Here is a picture of our entire group (Team Red Bird). We ranged in age from 11 to 81. While I didn't really expect to run at all this week, the roads were in surprisingly good shape, so I actually ran three different times on and around the Red Bird campus. One of the days I ran with my daughter Megan (in her socks) and her friend Paige (barefoot!) for a 1.07 mile barefoot run around the campus. I'm still not sure if I converted Paige or not. She said afterwards the bottom of her feet sort of burned. But then later that same day she told me that they felt really good and stimulated. So maybe she'll give it another try later on. It is very common for first time barefoot runners to experience a completely new "feeling" as the bottoms of their feet begin to "wake up" to the world around them. This is the really cool (and addictive) part of barefoot running. It just makes you feel good! We all made it back safe and sound to Indiana and I rounded out the month with a short run yesterday. Looking forward to some cooler temps next month and to continue to increase my long runs in pursuit of a November marathon (maybe).
Stay safe out there and watch out for HOT PAVEMENT!!!
July Mileage = 59.07 miles (weekly mileage: 17, 12, 19.5, 9, 1.6)