|Rachel's new kitty friend from Red Bird|
|Team Signing of New Red Bird Trailer|
The next week I stayed in Indiana the whole time and even with the rainy weather, got in 13+ miles each day. This turned into my biggest week of the year so far at 81 miles...not to shabby. I wasn't really planning to run my biggest month ever but did start to ponder the hows (and whys!) I was sort of nursing my left Achilles by the end of the week so I decided to "take it easy" the next week.
|Lutes Family Back Home in IN on July 4|
The nice thing about barefoot running is the short duration of injuries. I mean even after each of these otherwise "devastating" injuries to my Achilles and groin muscle, I took only one day off (the Sunday I would have taken anyway) and then ran a shortened recovery run, first one 11 and the second one 7, but not necessarily short by most people's standards. I feel that this is because I seem to be more in tune with my body and can tell what my limits are better when barefoot than when wearing foot coffins (er, shoes!)
The next week had me out in Temecula CA for training for work. I stayed in my usual hotel and did multiple laps each day in the industrial park where my company is located. All these runs were done with the headlamp each day so that I could still get to the office on time. I got in an 11, 8, and 13 mile run that week in CA with the last one being particularly challenging timewise...I had a 6:25am flight from San Diego so got up at midnight to do my 13 miler, so I still had time to drive from Temecula to the airport...it helped with the jet lag on the other end since I normally get up at 3am anyway (which is midnight in CA!)
|Steel Fragment from I-275 Metro Trail|
The next couple of days were over in St. Joe. This time I didn't venture down to the beachfront but carved out a nice 2 mile loop from the hotel, using the smooth Whirlpool parking lots and the nice white stripe on the edge of Lakeshore Drive returning to the hotel. I was able to get in a couple of 12 milers and run without much traffic as long as I ended by 6am when the Lakeshore commuters take over the road.
This morning back in Indiana I ran my shortest run of the week of 11.72 miles to finish the month of July with exactly 333.33miles which beats my previous record of 281 by over 50 miles! This was a solid month of 60, 70 and 80 miles weeks with a daily average of 12.3 miles not counting my Sundays off. Who would have ever thought this could be done without shoes!
I definitely feel blessed to have this amazing body God gave me...a body which continues to heal and strengthen the more it is used. He definitely knew what He was doing when He made the human body...what an amazing system of muscles, tendons, bones and ligaments...no man-made design even comes close!!
July Mileage = 333.33 miles
(new all-time record, with or without shoes)