I began the summer thinking I might run myself ragged... in a good way.
My wife is studying out of the country for several weeks, so in my mind I thought I would have extra time to log hundreds of miles. It hasn't turned out that way.
I do have more time. Time, however, has not equaled motivation.
So after a very successful month of May, I've logged a whopping 28 miles so far in June. And there are only five days left in the month.
That said, I don't feel so bad about it. Summer is never a great running season for me, as the summer heat tends to slow me down and zap my motivation. And while I haven't logged a lot of miles, I will have run three races this month. That's more than I ran all of last year.
On June 5, I ran the King of Prussia 10-Miler. It was my first-ever 10-mile race, and I finished in 1:27:34. After a not-so-good half-marathon in May, I was very pleased with the K.O.P. I ran a smart race and finished with a smile on my face.
Then on June 12, I ran the Pennsylvania Warrior Dash. You should go to the race's website if you want to understand what the race is like. I'll simply refer you to this photo of me after the race:
My final race of the month is Monday, and it's a work event. I'll be part of a sizable delegation from my company running in the Battle of Business Run in Florham Park. Our company will compete against other companies for team prizes. The top three finishers from each team count towards the team's score. I hope to be in that top three.
In addition to the company competition, our office has also created a side bet: Editorial versus the rest of the company. The winning team gets a dress-casual day at work. I've got much to race for.
Everyone at work knows I'm a runner. I've tried to manage expectations by making it clear that I'm more of a long-distance runner than a speedy runner, and that I don't run as well in heat. That said, it would be nice to be the top finisher from the office. We'll see.