Saturday, September 8, 2012

10 Mile Run

Today was not the most pleasant of days.  It was hot and sticky.  Yup.  It was almost 80 degrees when I started off on a 10 mile run.  10 miles.  10 long, hot miles.  It was not pleasant.

I started off south from Brillhart Station on the York Rail Trail.  I normally would have run the Manchester to Mt. Wolf and back route, but there was a 5k going on in the area and I didn't want to fight it.  Plus, I haven't done the Rail Trail in ages.  I thought it might be a good place to switch things up and get out of the rut of running in Manchester.

I started off with my half mile run/1 minute walk routine.  It's how I've been running for over a year now.  And then I realized it was too hot for that.  I couldn't do it.  I switched to my new routine - .10 mile walk/.40 mile run.  It works better when I'm that hot.  It's one of those things that I'm willing to do so I can keep running.  I don't care what others think or do.  It's what allows me to hit the road and run.If run/walk is good enough for Jeff Galloway, it's good enough for me.

To be honest, there wasn't anything exciting about this run.  I was hot.  I wanted to quit.  I had to yell at myself (internally, I'm not about to do so out loud on the trail!) to keep going.  But, in the end, I finished the run.  Slow.  Hot.  Sweaty. But I got all 10 miles in.  And the car said it was 85 degrees.  Lovely.

I then proceeded to Dunkin for a post-race breakfast (even though it was about 1:00 p.m.) of pumpkin iced coffee (yum!), a turkey sausage egg wrap, and an apple donut.  Delish!


  1. I take walk breaks all the time when the temperatures are really high. It's better to be a little slower than have heat stroke.

    Good job on ten miles! I love getting into double digits in my training plans.

  2. Thanks Dina! I actually have a no running in July and August rule, which means coming into Sept, I'm only having to run 3-6 miles to prepare for a race. So, this running so far in the heat is killing me. When I did my 8 mile run two weeks ago I started doing the .10 mile walk/.40 mile run, it helped. I'm not thrilled with it, but eh. I got all 10 miles in, so I guess it's not all bad. I appreciate the kind comments!