I Ran 10 Miles {Last Week’s Workouts}

Hi, guys! Happy Sunday! I hope you’ve enjoyed a wonderful weekend so far!

Fitness-wise, last week wasn’t a great one for me. I was struggling with a flare, so, obviously, I didn’t feel 100% or super psyched about doing any sort of physical activity. However, I managed to fit in a few workouts, including a 10-mile run (which was awesome), so I actually feel pretty good about last week’s workouts. And, hey, I’m starting to feel better now, so I’m planning a glorious return to my usual fitness routine next week!

Sunday: Falmouth Road Race (7 miles)


Monday: CrossFit

I didn’t go to a class, but instead did a 13-minute partner WOD with Mal. Our box hosted an internal throwdown this weekend, so the owners asked us if we wanted to test out one of the workouts for it””mostly just to give them an idea how long it would take. It was a fun workout, but after running 7 miles the day before, my legs did not appreciate the 400m kettlebell carries. Thank goodness for my partner!

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Tuesday: Interval workout

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Wednesday: Off

Thursday: 10 miles

The last time I ran 10 miles was October, so I was kind of nervous about tackling this distance again, especially when my insides were not cooperating. I woke up super early, did all the fun UC stuff, and then got myself ready to run 10 miles. Most of the time, my digestive system shuts itself off when I exercise, so I hoped it would behave itself and not give me any issues. I also told myself if I felt like crap (literally), I would cut the run short. No big deal.

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I grabbed my summer running gear, Lemon Sublime GU (I can’t remember the last time I used one of these), and headed out to tackle 10 miles.

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Let me start off by saying that 10 miles is FAR! Ten miles. Running. That is nuts to think about.

I remember back in my marathoning days, I considered 10 miles a “short” run. But being out of the long distance running game for awhile now, anything over 5 or 6 miles is long for me, so 10 miles seemed especially overwhelming.

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I did the old “break up the long run into shorter runs” and mentally split the distance into two 4-mile runs and one 2-mile run to make it seem more manageable.

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I ran four miles out, away from my house, and then ran four miles back home. At mile 8, I stopped by my house to re-hydrate. (I probably should have taken water with me or planned a water stop earlier in my run because I was SO THIRSTY!) I only stopped for a few minutes, but getting going again for those final two miles was not fun. My lower back and legs instantly tightened up, so I felt stiff and robotic when I started to run again.

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I definitely struggled through the final two miles (I also think part of it was mental since the longest I’ve run in awhile was 7 miles last weekend, and I was all in my head with doubting myself), but I finished 10 miles. Woohoo! I was so proud of myself””still am!

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Friday: Off

Saturday: Off

Question of the Day

What workout last week are you most proud of? Feel free to brag! I love hearing about your successes!

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  1. My biggest success this week was actually yesterday because I was able to complete a workout without any back pain after it or the day after (namely this morning). And I was very happy that I finally made it to try swimming as a sport and I didn’t really feel bad about it!

  2. Sounds like an awesome week of workouts, despite the flare ups. On Saturdays I’ve been completing 7 miles and then heading up to the gym for a Body Pump class…. this makes me feel especially great knowing that I’ve had an awesome cardio and strength workout for the day. My marathon training starts tomorrow and like you 7 miles is the longest I’ve ran in probably a year. I have 9 miles next Sunday…. wish my luck!

  3. Way to go on your run! I did 4 miles yesterday and didn’t take water either-so stupid on my part. The last mile was brutal, I had nothing in my mouth to swallow-yuck. Sorry you are having GI issues 🙁

  4. I am most proud of the 6 miles that I ran on Friday. Trying to decide weather I should run a 5k or 10k in a race in October, my husband said lets go out and see what you got. I did it! This is huge for me since I recently started adding running to my workouts and the longest I ever ran is 5. It felt good but still a little nervous about a 10k.

  5. Did my first CF competition on Saturday! Great experience….and I literally now know what it feels like to have EVERY muscle in my body hurt!!!
    Great job on your run!!! Hope to be at it myself, since competing is over.

  6. You are amazing. Trying to be positive myself, but these last few months I’ve just been laid up in bed/chair. I have (a lot) physically breaking down on me. You remind me of my “once upon a time”. My aim now is just to get “healthy” enough so I can get out of bed without needing to first slide to the floor and prop myself up via the nightstand. Wish I were joking (a laugh or cry situation really, what can you do…)

  7. My biggest success is making it through my first hot yoga class. It’s quite intense so I’m glad I persevered, now I have a new class I love. Awesome work on the 10 miles 🙂

  8. I finally ran 5 miles like I’ve been wanting to since the new year!! I was really excited and proud of myself for not stopping the whole way. Congrats on completing 10!!

  9. Congrats on the 10 miler!! And I agree it IS far! I have never done a full marathon but having run my first 1/2 marathon in April, the 10 miler pre-race and the race itself…were FAR! I’m training for my second 1/2 and today’s “long run” is 5 miles and mentally it’s challenging me a bit.

  10. Congrats on your long run, even if it was hard you still finished! I can only imagine how challenging that is with UC!

    I had a rough running week, but at the same time, I am so grateful for the two days of cooler weather we had and the fact that I was able to take advantage of them!

  11. Hi Tina, I have a question for you. I’ve been reading your blog for a while, and was recently diagnosed with ulcerative colitis. I’m kind of confused though, it seems like when you’re going on a run, you always have problems with your colon and your flare up, but you seem to be able to enjoy crossfit every time. Do different exercises flare you up? I’m just wondering, because when I have a flare, it’s pretty consistent. Thanks!

    1. Flares just generally suck all around. If I’m not feeling up for a workout, I won’t do it. It doesn’t really matter what it is.

        1. @Liz:

          Didn’t you post about having been flaring for a long while? it’s rare that you have taken a few days off of working out… I give you props for working out through the flares, but I guess I just haven’t seen anywhere on your blog that you have taken time off from working out due to flares.

  12. Congrats on the long run!! 🙂

    I’ve been trying to get back into my 5:30am workout schedule, and it’s proving to be a struggle since I’ve been trying for 10 months. 🙂 So, last week I got one in at 5:30am and felt great the whole day! I usually go after work, but most of the time I’m starving and cut my workouts short because I’m going to eat my arm off. Not to mention, morning workouts always make me feel strong and energized all day long. 🙂

  13. I am training for my first 10-miler, and yesterday I ran 7 miles for the first time ever. I felt amazing! I didn’t have any issues at all. My training has me running 8 miles next Saturday. I am nervous, but feel better knowing how well the 7 miles went.

    1. @Amy:

      Amy, I also conquered 7 miles for the first time last week and just did 8 today!! Good luck on 8! If 7 went well like you said, you should be good. I was nervous about tackling 8 (it’s 1 extra mile but it still seems daunting!) but I told myself if it didn’t work out, I’d try it again next week.

  14. Breaking up the run like that is a great idea. I just moved to a new area so I still haven’t found a good way to run more than 5 miles. I might just have to circle back to my house and out again to get longer distances! Great work on your run!

  15. I ran 12 miles yesterday, probably the farthest I have run in over a year. .. and you are right, that is far! When I was marathon training, I probably wouldn’t have thought much of that distance but now, I am pretty thrilled with it. And I broke it into three 4 mile pieces too- helps with the mental part of it.

  16. My workout from last week that I’m proud of is really lame but I completed a 45 min Turbo Fire DVD and felt really good about it. See, I fractured my elbow so everything has been put on slow motion but I actually upped the intensity a bit with this workout and I was really proud of myself. Just looking forward to being 100% again!

  17. Tina! Congrats on the 10 miler! I always feel like super encouraged when I tackle a longer distance and then conquer it.

  18. My PDR yesterday – a 16 mile run 😀 😀 :D. I’m training for my first marathon and yesterday was the first time I thought “holy crap, I can do this!” Bonus: I’m actually feeling pretty good today, but no 400m Kettlebell carries for this girl ;). Congrats on the 10 miler, I so know how that feels!

  19. After a bad tweak with my back, it just feels great to get out walking! I’m hoping a visit to the chiropractor will help my SI joint get back to 100%…I’m missing CrossFit in a bad way!

  20. After not running in about a week I figured I would die running 3 miles a couple days a go and thought I would only get to 2 miles. I ran 3 miles and did HIIT training! Woo hoo 🙂

  21. Wow congrats on your 10 miles! I hope to do that too one day. I am most proud of setting my PR yesterday. It was a 10km run but that’s the longest I’ve run and I best my previous time! Yay. My 10k race is next weekend

  22. I also did 10 miles yesterday!! It was the second 10 miler of the summer in preparation for my half marathon next month. We finished in about the same time too 🙂 It went good, some hip pain, but I found a new friend at mile 8 and ran the last 2 miles with him (ran with a local running group). It was the first time I actually had a conversation while running!

  23. Congrats on the double digits! I know how good it feels to accomplish that kind of long run! I did 7 miles today (I’m training for a half in October & November). I can’t wait for 10 miles to be a “short” run for me! I’ll start training for my first marathon in February and I’m kinda nervous, but I know it’s totally possible! Keep up the great work, lady!

  24. I also ran 10 miles today and was pretty anxious before I did them- I hadn’t run that distance since mid-May! It’s so funny how we categorize our runs as ‘long’ or ‘short’, depending on the runs we’ve been doing recently. In any case, 10 miles is LONG, no matter how you look at it! Anything longer is categorized as ‘extra long’! 🙂

  25. I ran 12 miles today. I’m not super fast but it feels good to accomplish this distance. I have a half marathon coming up in 2 weeks so I feel ready.

  26. Good job on the run! I also break up the miles mentally in order to push myself through longer runs.

    Last week (yesterday actually) I went on a bike ride with my dad…an avid cyclist. We rode 25 miles, which is far for someone who almost never rides! It was fun though, because whenever someone passed us we picked up the pace and tried to keep up with them as long as we could. So in a way, our ride turned into an interval workout! 🙂

  27. So crazy story about me this weekend: I went to the hospital because I couldn’t shake this fever I had. Turns out I had a pretty bad infection. So bad that I’ve been admitted to the hospital for 2 days now! Craziest workout I’ve done this week? About 4 hours before I went in to emerg I was in the gym working out with my trainer. Haha I’m so hardcore. Will definitely blog about it when I’m feeling 100%!

  28. It really is crazy how marathon training skews your idea of what a “long” and “short” run is. 10 miles is far! I’m most proud of my run this morning — I ran a 5K race (sandwiched between a bunch of long run miles) and won my age group and PR’d!

  29. Well done! I’ve only ever run 10 miles once a few weeks ago but I haven’t done it again since with my achilles having been at me. You do feel like such a super star when you finish though, love that feeling! I’ve started the Insanity workouts and I did one on Thursday before a spinning class, after the two workouts I was on such a high!

  30. I am most proud of a hot yoga workout I did this week. The teacher I took with kicked my arse the last time, I had a real mental struggle do to the flows and heat~ SO hot! However this time I prepped myself better: more water before, mat to the back of the room instead of the middle, and instead of having a defeatist mentality in poses that were hard I just kept thinking, “girl, you GOT this! Yeah! Good job!” Working out IS a mind game, and I harnessed my mind this week;)

  31. Congrats on your run! I’ve been out of the distance running thing for a while now and I’m slowly trying to build up again. I ran an 8 miler on Thursday! I’m so happy I made it! It was a real struggle for the last mile.

    I’ve never refuelled during a run before so I think I need to start trying something out to give me more energy on my longer distance runs.

  32. I am most proud of running over 4 miles without stopping this week. I haven’t ran that much in a long time and didn’t think I could do it but I was actually feeling pretty good on that fourth mile!

    Great job on running 10 miles!

  33. Well done on the 10! It is a long way. My success was after a week away from my military fitness class and feeling blobby after a weekend away, I went back and worked really hard, pushing myself on the weights and the runs. The best thing was that the instructor noticed and told me how much stronger I’d become. That made me feel great.

  34. Oh, I have such a hard time starting back up after I stop during a run–it’s like my body say, “OK, thanks..I’m done!”
    Most proud that I cut my Helen time down by half almost–it was bad to begin with, but still….

  35. 10 miles like a champ! It’s crazy how much of an endorphin high you get from long runs..I had a 10 miler myself this weekend and seriously could not stop smiling yesterday. It was pretty great 🙂

  36. I got outside for a trail run at the end of a long day of work on a business trip. I’m proud because usually, if I don’t work out in the morning it’s not going to happen. Plus, I initially planned to hike and then found it in myself to kick it up to a run!

  37. awesome job! 10 miles IS a lot- you rocked it! I ran 6 miles last week ! It’s no 10- miler but it’s my longest distance yet and a big step in my half marathon training, woo!

  38. I’m training for my first 5k and am doing the couch to 5k program. I was able to run 20 mins. straight. That is big for me.
    My run in this saturday- excited, scared, and nervous!

  39. Great job, Tina! I am in the same boat…I haven’t run that long in a while! I love running with people so I can talk the whole way. CrossFit has made me so much more social!

  40. Definitely my Friday workout…I did 30 minute step mill; taught a 60 min Pilates reformer class and took it; then finished the day off with a killer LEG workout. I had a lot of energy and just got after it. HA! I spent most of the night on the couch. 😉

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