June+July recap

You’re in for a treat – I never published a recap for June because I was off on holidays in Canada, so you get a double whammy of going over all the fun stuff from these past two months! I like to do this each month to remind myself of all the things I’ve achieved. It’s been hot this summer and a definite adjustment for me after two years of living in London greyness. However, Paris also comes alive during this season, so there’s been plenty to do.

With the ultra finished, I switched my focus to shorter but faster workout in what I’ve called my ‘Summer of Speed’. In June I covered 219.4km and then ran 212.5km in July. My weeks have been fairly consistent at 40-50km which is lower than I’m used to, however the intensity of those kilometres has increased. In July I passed the 2000km mark for this year, finishing with ~2020km. Considering that last year in total I ran ~2500km, that’s pretty impressive!

Here are the highlights from June and July:

Stockholm Marathon

Ran my 21st marathon in 30 degree heat in Stockholm… and had a blast! I finally paced a hot marathon well, always considering the conditions and doing everything necessary to keep my temperature & speed down. The result was that I still had energy to keep moving in the last 10km, and it wasn’t even my slowest solo marathon time. This was rolled in with our anniversary weekend away, and we generally just had a great time being in Sweden.

Adidas 10k Paris & Open Swim Stars 2km

To kick off my attempt to get some speed back in my legs after the ultra training, I ran the Adidas 10k Paris as a sort of ‘benchmark’ for future performances. To put it simply – the bar was pretty low and I had a lot of work to do. I didn’t love this race, but I did enjoy getting a cool ‘Odéon’ t-shirt to represent my Adidas team. A week later it was then time to hit the water at the Bassin de la Villette to swim 2km. I’d crammed in two weeks of training beforehand and didn’t think I would get a great result, but was quite pleased to come away with a sub-40min time. It was great to be in the water again.

Trip to Canada

I spent the first week of July in Montréal and Quebec City with my parents, who were travelling there from Australia. We had a really great week exploring, and I particularly loved the Quebec City old town. There was a freak heatwave though, so it was important to take it a bit easier and spend some time by the pool. It all went by far too quickly though before I was saying goodbye to them for another few months 😞

100th parkrun!

After 3.5 years, I finally joined the 100 club! The night before my friend Genieve came over to help me bake a cake, and then in the morning we had a great little celebration with gigantic blow-up balloons and all. I’ve been dreaming of this celebration for years, and it was so special to get to spend it with my friends at the Bois de Boulogne parkrun. Now to get my 25-volunteers, and then on to the next 100!

Chopped off my hair

This gets its own highlight because it was a pretty big occurrence 😂 Almost on a whim I booked myself in to a local hairdresser I’d been recommended and asked for a haircut “comme un homme”. He did a great job (although it has been an adjustment), and I must say it was a great decision for this summer heat! (Sye’s hair is officially longer than mine though, which is a bit strange!)

Coming up in August

August in Paris is a very sleepy month – everyone goes on holidays and generally there’s not much happening. I’ve signed up for the few short races I could find, mostly because I was missing the thrill of racing after not doing any in July. Hopefully we’ll also go on a little weekend away to the beach, and in between all that… it’s time to kick into marathon gear! My autumn marathons are creeping up, and so it’s soon time to run long again. I can’t wait!

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