Double Digit Miles Are …

Hard.

if there is no struggle there is no progress

For the past two weekends I have been reminded of how tough double digit miles are for me. Around mile 8 or 9 my legs start getting tired and heavy and then by mile 10 they just want to quit. It’s not so bad that I would actually stop. In fact, I usually kick it in my final mile so I can finish strong, but man they are tough.

Do they ever get easier? They must, right? ย 

I guess I haven’t really done many double digit runs in my life…. in fact I’ve only done six of them so far:

  • 10 miles x 1
  • 11 miles x 2
  • 12 miles x 2
  • 13.1 miles x 1

Physically the double digit runs this training cycle feel almost as hard as last fall, but at least I know I can do them. That’s kind of cool and what helps me finish strong.

My 3.5 mile run last night? Not hard. I was cruising and felt really, really good. No knee pain or any hints of sciatica issues.

nightrun

It was pretty warm out (about 78) and I was sweating like crazy by the end.

When I got home I decided I was going to take the elevator instead of the stairs. I did some sprints before calling it a night and my legs were feeling like they deserved the elevator. As soon as I stepped into the lift some guy followed me in. SO ANNOYING.ย 

I hate being in a confined space like an elevator with someone when I am super sweaty. Obviously this random guy should have known this about me and taken the other elevator. Geesh.

What’s wrong with people these days? : )

Okay, now on a completely unrelated note I HAVE A SECRET!!!! I bought Adam his valentine’s day gift yesterday… it’s something he is going to be super excited about … ย and now I have to keep it a secret for 2.5 weeks! This is going to be so hard. I’m really bad at keeping secrets from him. Almost every time I try to plan a surprise I get too excited and spill the beans early.

I’m really going to try to keep it in this time but I’ve already cracked a little bit and told him that I bought his gift.

He asked for a hint but I haven’t given him one yet. I think if I give him a hint he’ll guess it right away… ahh!

Are you good at planning surprises?

Hate it or don’t mind it when you’re sweaty and other people around you are not?ย 

4 comments

  1. Nicole

    You’ll get those double digits down in no time:) The guy should’ve definitely taken the other elevator, it’s always so awkward being in close quarters with someone when you’re pouring sweat! I’m totally awful at planning surprises, I end up getting too excited as well haha. I’m trying not to buy my boyfriend’s gift until a few days before Valentine’s Day so I don’t ruin it for him!

  2. Megan @ Meg Go Run

    I am laughing at your elevator story. ๐Ÿ™‚ I am the same problem but it’s when I run into the grocery store after a workout and someone gets in line and stands thisclose to me!!
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  3. Ali K. @ Hit the Ground Running

    They’ll get easier and you’ll get better. The more you run them, the less fearful you become of them, the easier they’ll be!

    I totally agree about elevators. I always get so self-conscious that people can smell me and are thinking horrible thoughts!
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  4. Kyle

    They get easier lIke others have said. The trick for me was to train for a marathon. It’s really all in the mind. Once you know you have to run 26.2, suddenly 13.1 becomes easy.
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