10 Miler Training Update – 11 Weeks Out

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Hartwood Acres looking fabulous. This was not a running day. This was a I’m-tired-so-lets-walk-and-take-pictures day. 

It has been a month since I signed up for the EQT 10 Miler, so I guess it’s time to give you an update on my training progress.

I meant to write a weekly update, with a detailed report of my workouts and how each mile of my runs felt. Some of you might have been interested in that, maybe. But I didn’t, so I’ll just recap.

After I hit that “register” button I was all like “Let’s do this!” and I laced up my shoes, drove to North Park and tackled 5 miles including the hill behind the boathouse. Nothing crazy – I do that loop all the time, walk/run, usually, depending on whether I’ve just eaten dinner or not.

Then all that week I was like “I got this!” so I pushed myself. I went to the gym and did some spinning and some body weight leg stuff and I ran on the treadmill. And then my knees were like “HA! We tricked you.” So I had to settle down a bit. 

When my knees weren’t feeling it, I went swimming once or twice at the community pool. That was fun and I miss swimming so much. Especially after watching Katie Ledecky and Michael Phelps and Leah Smith and all the other swimmers crush it at the Olympics.

I rested up a bit and when I felt like I needed to get back out and run, I bought some knee sleeves. My knees have always bothered me a bit, especially ever since I ran my first only 5K race, but they usually strengthen up and get better as I work out more and add more distance slowly. But I decided that I should be proactive in making sure that I don’t completely rip them to shreds.

The sleeves work pretty well, I think. I’ve never used any other braces or sleeves or anything, so I’m not sure exactly how they’re supposed to feel or work, but I like them enough so far. On my right knee, it works like a charm, but I still have a little trouble with my left knee. Again, I need to just take it a little slower and build it up.

So for the past month, I’ve really just been mixing it up a lot, which is probably the best way to go, considering I’m not truly a runner. I’ve been going to the gym when the weather is crappy (which has been like every day for the past week and a half) and I’ve been running when it’s not too hot and humid (which it is every single day), I’ve walked around the neighborhood when I want to spend some time with Jim, and I’ve biked a few times when it’s too hot to run but too sunny and gorgeous to not be outside.

By the way, I bought my Schwinn mountain bike off Craigslist for $85 and it’s awesome. Now I don’t have to rent one when Jim and I want to bike together. It’s a little tough that it’s a mountain bike and I stick to the roads, but I’m getting used to it. #bunsofsteel

Also, I should probably write about how much I love Craigslist – because guys, I LOVE Craigslist.

Anyways, like I said, I’m trying to build back into my workouts and my running, without going overboard. Mixing it up has been helping, but I know that as I get closer to the race, I’m going to need to get some more mileage in. I want to be able to run 8 miles at least once before the race. If I can do that, then I think pushing the last 2 for the 10 miler will be do-able. Hopefully.

11 weeks to go!

If you have any training tips for a non-runner, let me know!

 

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