Double Digit Miles Are …


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?  

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.


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. 

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 …  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? 



  1. Nicole
    January 29, 2014 / 1:51 pm

    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. January 29, 2014 / 3:31 pm

    I am laughing at your elevator story. 🙂 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!!

  3. January 29, 2014 / 5:20 pm

    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!

  4. January 30, 2014 / 6:17 am

    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.