Army Ten Miler Training Log – Week 1

The day after I crossed the finish line of Rock ‘n’ Roll Virginia Beach, training officially began for the Army Ten Miler.  You may recall that last year I volunteered at the finish line handing out finishers’ coins, and I’m very much looking forward to participating in this DC area tradition in just five short weeks.

Between having run a half marathon a week ago, having spent this past week readjusting to my school routine, and having Back to School Night on Thursday, training was very light this past week.  I’m definitely looking forward to hitting my training hard in the coming weeks, in hopes of pushing myself towards a ten miler PR come race day.

The highlight of this past week was running the Arlington Police, Fire & Sheriff 9/11 Memorial 5k.  I shared on Thursday that I was uncertain as to how I was going to approach this race.  I wound up run/walking it, and finished 20 seconds faster than I did when I ran the race last year!  What an incredible way to end my first week of ATM training!

Preston and I before the start of Saturday evening's Arlington 9/11 Memorial 5k

Preston and I before the start of Saturday evening’s Arlington 9/11 Memorial 5k

Mon 9/1 – Rest day, travel home from Virginia Beach

Tues 9/2 – Rest day, first day of school

Wed 9/3 – 2.72 mile treadmill run, 0.37 mile cool down walk, kettlebell squats, abs, arms, shoulders

Thurs 9/4 – Rest day, Back to School Night (left for work at 6:15 a.m., got home at 9:00 p.m.)

Fri 9/5 – Rest day

Sat 9/6 – Arlington Police, Fire & Sheriff 9/11 Memorial 5k

Sun 9/7 – 2.52 mile walk with Riley around the neighborhood, 15 minutes of yoga

Total Weekly Mileage – 8.74 miles

Total ATM Training Mileage – 8.74 miles

Some people may be wondering why I’m eager to push myself so soon after having run a major race.  I’m not approaching this training cycle as starting over, but rather as continuing to push myself since I never feel like I lost momentum after Virginia Beach.  I can’t wait to push myself as hard as I can and see what I’m made of, especially as it (hopefully) starts to cool off and the humidity starts to decrease a bit.

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QOTD: How soon after you run a major race do you start training for another?

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8 Responses to Army Ten Miler Training Log – Week 1

  1. Great job Kathryn!!! All of my races seem to overlap. Right now I have a half every month until March! So yes I just keep right on training!

  2. Would that be the Doubletree at the start/finish line?

  3. I pretty much stay in “training mode” when the weather is nice since our race seasons are so short, but I will usually take a week off of “hard training” after a half, and 2 weeks after a full.

  4. Sue @ This Mama Runs For Cupcakes says:

    I can tell you that after Marine Corp Marathon, I will be taking TWO months off from long distance training before I start training for the Paris Marathon!

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