June running wrap-up: Less running, but lots of cool locations

Vanessa Junkin stands outside of Rise Up Coffee. Text on photo reads: June 82 Miles; First Half of 2019: 750.9 Miles
I got this photo after a hot six-mile run with friends that started and ended at Rise Up Coffee on June 30.

June was my lowest-mileage month of 2019 so far, but it certainly wasn’t a bad month. I ran in a lot of cool places, and I also got back into a regular yoga practice.

  1. I ran 82 miles. I realized with about four days to go that trying to get 100 miles for June was going to make me miserable, so I decided I’d be fine with whatever I got. I did think about setting a goal of 100 miles a month when I made my 2019 goals, and there was a reason I decided against that. One week of June was particularly light, because I had a cold, and it was unpleasant to run.
  2. My first half of the year mileage totaled 750.9 miles. If I can repeat this in the second half of the year, that would mean a 1,500-mile year for me – which I think is a ton of running! Even if I don’t hit that mark, I think I’ll run my highest-ever mileage this year. My highest annual total to-date (I’ve been tracking since 2011) is my 2018 mileage. Last year, I ran 1,342.07 miles.
  3. I ran one race. This was on the first day of the month — the Baltimore 10-Miler. I trained for this race as part of Team Endure Strong, which I got access to through BibRave.
  4. I ran in lots of different places. These included Cambridge, Oregon Ridge Park, the John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge at Tinicum in Philadelphia, Center City Philadelphia, the Benjamin Franklin Bridge, Fishtown in Philadelphia, and Pemberton Park here in Salisbury.
  5. I even got to run as part of a conference. That Center City Philadelphia run was part of the Public Relations Society of America Travel & Tourism Conference. I loved that a group run was part of the activities.
  6. I celebrated Global Running Day with the Eastern Shore Running Club. Global Running Day was June 5. Weather made it iffy as to whether the run would happen, but it did. I was able to get in a run with fellow club members and ended with 1.7 miles. We then went to La Tolteca for some food and drinks, where we met up with more members.
  7. I volunteered at IRONMAN 70.3 Eagleman. For the second year in a row, I served as the captain for Run Aid Station 5 – Horns Point at IRONMAN 70.3 Eagleman in Cambridge. The weather was much different than previous years — it’s usually super hot, and this year, it was rainy and actually a bit chilly! The swim portion of the triathlon was canceled. I had a great group of volunteers, some from the Eastern Shore Running Club, and it was fun.
  8. I went to yoga three times. One of these times was during the PRSA Travel & Tourism conference — another cool addition to the activities! The other two times were at the new Meta Yoga, which my friend Dana opened with her friend Travis in Salisbury. On June 29, I finally was able to get my legs off the ground in crow pose, which was exciting for me!
  9. I didn’t go to the gym at all. Oops!

So, even though there were less miles in June, it was still an eventful month. Stay tuned to see how my July running goes!

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