My First 10 Mile Run

Yup, I’m still here. In the two weeks since I last posted I’ve been on two business trips, worked a 50+ hour work week, and done some major work in my vegetable garden. I’ve also done a pretty terrible job at meal planning, and although I’ve stubbornly stuck to my long runs, my mid-week training for the half marathon has definitely not been up to par. Here’s my training log (with selfies, of course) since I last updated:

Wednesday, April 9: 5 miles in the Wisconsin Dells, up and down hills and around blind corners. My phone died exactly as I was ending my run, so the Nike+ stats didn’t save. So, selfie from the hotel room.

April 9 Run Photo

 

Sunday, April 13: 10K run in Reno, NV. I was very happy with how this run went. I set a personal PR for this distance. I was slightly disappointed to realize there was an organized 10K happening just a few blocks from my hotel that I didn’t know about it. I could have done the same run on a slightly different route and gotten a medal!

April 12 Run Photo

Then, an entire week of no runs. Oops.

Saturday, April 19: 5 miles. I had 9 miles on the schedule, and had planned to split the mileage between Saturday and Sunday since my parents were in town and we had a lot of work to do on the garden. But, this was the only run that ended up happening. I did a sweat test—I weighed myself before I left and again when I got home to see how much sweat I lost. Turns out I sweat about 1 pound per hour (which is what I should aim to replace while running). Good run, and an excellent work day afterwards, which worked COMPLETELY different muscles than my run.

April 19 Run PhotoAnd then, another entire week with no runs. I really need to stop this.

Saturday, April 26: 10 MILES!!! I did it—I broke into the double digits! And, I managed to function like a normal human being later that evening. (My pattern has been to run, shower, nap….and then nap on and off for the rest of the day while I lay on the couch.)

Run Photo April 26

Once again, I ran on the Lake Country Trail (just like I did for my 9 mile run earlier this month); I just went a little longer. I really like this trail, not only because it’s out of traffic for most of it, but if I start from my house, there’s a rest stop 7.5 miles in, which is exactly where I run out of water. I’m glad I pulled out a visor for this one; the route is not shaded at all, and it was extremely sunny.

I felt really good for the first 4 miles. No walk breaks at all, and I thoroughly enjoyed my chocolate honey stinger waffle. Then, I decided I’d walk for one minute at the beginning of the first mile. I also switched over to my Spotify playlist instead of podcasts, which really helped. I felt like I was killing it…..until mile 8. Then, my knees started to feel sore. I took one extra walk break during that mile (and refilled my water), and plodded forward. Mile 9 takes me off the paved trail; you have to follow roads with a small, uneven shoulder. My knees would have none of it. I couldn’t even run for a block. I didn’t feel like my knees were injured, but they were crazy sore. I texted my husband and told me to bring me ice packs when he picked me up. At mile 10 I was back on the paved trail, and I was able to run most of the time. There was no way I was going to give up and not hit my 10 mile goal unless I wasn’t able to move. And I did it!

Looking at my pace chart and splits, I really was doing well until mile 7. My fasted mile was mile 6 – perhaps I was on my way to negative splits? Even with the sore knees, I held a pretty consistent pace the entire time. Yay!

April 26 Pace Chart

 

April 26 Splits

I immediately started icing as we drove home (about a 10 minute drive). My husband had met me at a diner so we could get brunch if I wanted, but I really didn’t feel like it. When I got home, I didn’t even have the energy to eat (bad, I know). I swear I almost fell asleep standing up in the shower. Then I passed out for a 1-hour nap before I had to get ready for a wedding.

As I was getting ready for the wedding, I removed my toe nail polish to re-apply it, and discovered this gem:

Gross Runners FeetEww! But, I guess I’ve reached a running milestone? I put new nail polish on that right away.

So, I’m still on track for my half marathon in two weeks. Hopefully I can stop skipping all of my mid-week runs though. I bet that would help keep my knees in shape 🙂

3 thoughts on “My First 10 Mile Run

  1. Woo! Congrats on breaking into the double digits! Also, serious props for getting any running done at all with that work load and those business trips!

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