July 21 Recap

While June was an awesome month, July not quite so much.  This emotional roller coaster I’ve been on for the past year is continuing to derail me but I’ve made some decisions to start making some changes to get off this coaster so hopefully August will come with some clarity & peace.

July kicked off with the Crown City Classic 12k on July 3.  The first race back in San Diego since early 2020.  It was nice to see my Arete teammates & cheer them on.  I had a decent race considering how little I have been running.  It was about a minute slower per mile than last time I ran this race, but considering, I’m happy.

I tried a new pair of shoes for this and the San Diego Half that I ran later in the month.  I have really been liking New Balance lately and got a pair of the New Balance RC Elite 2 which I really like!  To me, they feel a little stiff as you are putting them on but once you stand up, they are like little clouds on your feet.

After the race we went home and got ready to drive up to Bishop so we could hike White Mountain & then hit up Death Valley NPS so Sean could do an hour or so of training in the heat.

White Mountain – well – it’s a very easy hike outside the altitude – the part that makes it the most challenging is the drive to the trail head.  16 miles of super sharp, rocky trail.  My friend Catra told us to drive very carefully because a lot of people get flats which made me quite nervous because my new Crosstrek has run-flat tires which are expensive to replace LOL.  So each way it took us over 90 min to get to/from the trailhead to the main road.

The nice things about White Mountain are 1) you don’t need a permit, 2) it’s a pretty easy trail to actually hike outside the elevation & 3) because of the crazy drive there weren’t too many people there.

Cons: It is a really long drive & there is a potential to get a flat so make sure you have a spare, etc. because there is minimal cell service.  It’s also beautiful but there is a lot of cover so you are exposed the whole time unlike when we went to San Gorgonio and were in the forest a good portion of the time.

I did not go to the summit. I went up to about 13,000ish feet and then decided I was done.  I’m not sure why I quit, maybe it was the slight headache I had, maybe it was that I’m not in my best physical or mental shape right now, I don’t actually know, but I was done and after a few minutes of pouting I turned around and headed back while Sean went to the top.

The next day we went to Death Valley so Sean could 1) get an idea of the course and 2) so he could do a run in the heat as prep for Badwater 135.

Back home again, we hit up Cowles Mountain for a few hikes the next week, I went to Phoenix for work and I decided that I wasn’t going to crew Sean at Badwater.

I ran the San Diego Half Marathon, which is normally in March, while Sean was gone and had a fun time even though it was really hot out!

Now for my July stats:

Running – I did 2 races, the 12k and the half and this was a good portion of the running I did last month.  I think I came in at around 40ish miles for the month?

Peloton – I biked more last month than I ran – 29 rides for 122 miles including a 2021 PR in Kendall’s Gwen Stefani ride.

Strength – I probably say this every month but it’s really the only thing I’m consistent on right now.  I think I missed 2 days due to work because it is really hard to do anything on the days when I’m getting up super early & am on all day long.

Campaigns – I probably have never shared why I do a lot of ads on here and on my IG, but I honestly love trying new things and sharing with you all.  Some things are more athlete driven, others are food related, because I love food and some are for things that I just want to try.  I do get paid to post about some products, others it’s just a product exchange, but I do try my best to share my personal thoughts but also keep in mind that just because something doesn’t work for me, doesn’t mean it won’t work for someone else.

So that being said in July I shared posts about Silk Oat Milk, which is super yummy!! Ultima Replenisher’s new Mocktini flavors.  I gave away some products from Sideaway Foods, I also gave away a super cool Rumpl x All Trails blanket.  I shared Oofos Woodland Camo sandals that are perfect for post run/hike.  And the FlexTemp™️ Hot & Cold Joint Wrap from Sunbeam.

I’ve got a few new projects coming up in August and we have a few trips planned which will be really nice.  Also, NYC Marathon training kicks off.

How was your July?

Crown City Classic 12k Race Recap

Twoish weeks ago I got an email regarding a July 4th race so Sean & I discussed it and looked at all the local options for 4th of July races.  There were 2 big ones here in San Diego.  The Crown City Classic in Coronado with a 1 mile, 5k or 12k race & the Scripps Old Pros 10k at Lake Miramar with a 2 miler & 10k along with a variety of bike races.

After looking it over we decided to run the Crown City Classic for a few reasons.  #1 Coronado is much closer to our house & #2 It was a little longer race at 7.4 miles.

After we finished up at Black Mountain last week we headed to Road Runner Sports to pick up our race packets.  The race shirts were really cute with a map of the course on them.

Since the 4th was on Wednesday, Sean & I both had to work the rest of the week.  We met up the night before for a quick shake-out run and then had dinner at Veggie Grill & freezes from Pressed Juicery.

We got our clothes out, did flat runner photos when we got home.  I like to do a #flatjenny photo so that I don’t forget anything the next day.  Since it was a shorter race, I didn’t need a lot of stuff, but I knew that I would be soaked afterwards, so I brought a change of clothes which I was so happy I had new clothes because we were super sweaty.

The next morning we got up around 5am got out the door by 5:30am and off we went.  It only takes about 15 minutes for us to get to Coronado so we were there pretty early.  Good thing too because we needed to find parking.

We parked, walked over to the start line at Tidelands Park and then dropped off my bag.  There were plenty of port-a-potties and they did an fun pre-run warm-up for those that wanted to participate. Before we started they read off the names of all those people in the military who had died since 4th of July last year.  Very happy to hear that there weren’t many.

After this they got us lined up and someone played the National Anthem on a trumpet and then the race director did a play on the Independence Day speech that Bill Pullman gave before they headed out to fight the aliens & then we were off!

A unique thing about this race is that they have you start by going under a huge US flag.  It was a cool, but you had to pay attention because it didn’t stay up very well, lol.

The race is a nice flat out and back, you run past the golf course, past the marina and onto the strand before turning around.  There were 2 aid stations that you hit twice.

I started out pretty fast.  As I hit the first mile, 2 guys passed me saying they were running too slow, while I was thinking I was running too fast, lol.

I was breathing hard & wasn’t really ready to be running low 8 minute mile pace, but I managed to keep it together for 4 miles before taking a quick walk break at the aid station.  I picked it back up and just kept moving it along.  In the end I was able to maintain a 8:26 avg pace which I was pretty darn proud of.

June was a tough month for me between recovering from Nanny Goat,  being super busy at work & traveling to the Bahamas, I barely got 75 miles in all month & most of that wasn’t speed work.  So it was a huge confidence boost to know that I was able to maintain a good speed for more than just 3 miles. I was feeling it by the time I closed into the finish, but I felt like I finished strong.

They announced our names at the finish line, I always like that it gives you a little boost at the finish & since they had free photos, that’s a nice perk to make sure you smile at the end.

They handed out our medals.  There was bottled water, bananas & kashi bars to replenish with.  They had a little post race expo that we didn’t visit.  We got a few photos then got changed & headed back to our car.  We wanted to get off the island before the parade.

I would definitely run this race again.  Did you run a race on 4th of July or just run on your own?