Skip to main content

Two a day for 10 miles.

April 7th, 2021

Hi friends, welcome back!

Running 10 miles on a Wednesday has become a typical part of my week, but today was the first time in this training block that I split the load and did a double.

I’m never going to be awarded the title of early riser or morning runner. I enjoy laying in bed far too much to get out early to see the sunrise on my runs. But today, Gaelyn needed a running buddy while her’s was out of town. With only a little bit of whining I headed out the door at 5:00 AM for the first 5 miles of the day.

The morning run was pretty good. I started out around 10:50 pace with Gaelyn which was the perfect way to warm the body up before settling in around 8:50 pace for the rest of an easy run. The temperatures were cool and I felt pretty good. Good enough to at least try to focus on my form and correct the kinks that have always been present in my running life. With that said, I definitely noted some fatigue in my knees and felt soreness that’s been building over the last couple weeks.  

I had a good day at work and was ready to go when I got home. I took my time putting away the groceries, but was out the door about 5:30 for the next set of 5 miles. This run was the opposite of the morning run. Unfortunately for me, we are having an unseasonably warm April in Northwest Indiana and the temperature was still about 82 degrees when I hit the roads. At this point in the day my body was feeling the morning miles, my knees hurt, my left hip hurt, and mentally I had nothing left in the tank and I noticed all of it almost immediately into the run. When I realized I forget to start my watch for the first half mile I found myself so frustrated that I was ready to call it quits for more than a just this run. However I made it through and a few hours later I’m still sore, but not ready to quit. It was a trying day as a runner, but I’m ready recover and keep moving forward.

My gear: 

Same as always right now, the New Balance Fresh Foam Beacon on my feet, which I’m finding may be a little big on me. The extra room in the toe box continues to cause slipping and is building on my callouses in the insides in my feet. Also pictured above is my 10 oz Amphipod hand held water bottle, which was a life saver today. I don’t love carrying water, but when the heat is in this bottle gets the job done. Here is a similar bottle on Amazon. FYI, this in an affiliate link so if you buy a product I will be paid a small commission from Amazon for the sale.

Throwback post: 

Since this is only post 3 I’ll throw it back to my first post which was a 15 mile run that went a little better than the 10 miler today.


Comments

Popular posts from this blog

Feeling good after a tempo and a steady state run.

Hi friends, welcome back! It’s been a couple of days since my last entry so I have two runs to talk about today.  I did a 5 miler on Tuesday with a 3 mile tempo run in the middle and an 8 mile steady state run today. Let’s get it it them. On Tuesday I had a prescribed 5 mile run for my training so I set out for the first mile at an 8:20ish pace which is a pretty comfortable pace for me for a “shorter” distance. At this point in my training anything under 10 is a shorter distance. The weather was perfect and I was feeling really good so I decided to push the pace and kicked the next 3 miles down to 7:40, 7:20, 7:20. Low to mid 7 minute pace is tough for me and is on the borderline of anaerobic, which is good. This type of running is often referred to as threshold running. When you are running near your aerobic threshold it can help you increase your VO2 max, and increasing your VO2 max helps you get faster.  Finally I finished the last mile back around an 8:20 pace and cooled down by wa

Not quite in grass running shape.

  April 6th, 2021 Hi friends, welcome back.  I set out today with the goal of getting in a total of five miles. I reached that goal, but not how I expected to.  When I got up this morning my plan was to hit the roads after work and do a 3 mile tempo run at a 7:40 pace sandwiched between warmup and cool down miles. As the day went on I really felt the desire to get off the roads so I changed the destination and headed out to Sunset Hill Farm County Park instead.  I started my run out with an 8:20 mile which quickly taught me that I am not yet in the kind of shape needed for running on grass quickly. The idea of kicking it down to 7:40 for a 3 mile tempo felt unreachable, especially after I hit a hole and rolled my ankle. I’m okay, no injuries,  just a little bit of stumble and I was soon back in stride. After that, I changed my plan and finished the next 4 miles of hilly uneven terrain as a Fartlek instead of a tempo run. I alternated through periods of speed and rest as I set reachabl