Army Ten Miler Training Log – Week 4

As most of you know, the first half of this week was very uneventful in regards to my training.  After being sick for almost a week, I finally went to the doctor on Tuesday.  After a negative strep test, the doctor concluded that I had an upper respiratory infection “of some sort” and sent me home with three different prescriptions.  Thankfully, after a couple of days on the meds and pretty much nothing but going to work and coming home to rest, I finally started to feel like my normal self again.

I set out to do a test run on Thursday, to see if running the Clarendon Day 10k was even a possibility.  I stepped onto the treadmill with no thoughts about how long to run for, how far to run, or at what pace to run.  I just ran.  After 25 minutes, I decided that my body was done, and that on Saturday I’d go with the flow and see how I was feeling.

2.42 miles was about all that my body could handle for the first time running in five days

2.42 miles was about all that my body could handle for the first time running in five days

My training this past week went a little something like this:

Mon 9/22 – 1.23 mile walk around the neighborhood with Riley, after which I couldn’t stop coughing (and was my final straw to take myself to the doctor on Tuesday)

Tues 9/23 – Rest day

Wed 9/24 – Rest day

Thurs 9/25 – 2.42 mile treadmill run, 0.38 mile cool down walk

Fri 9/26 – Rest day

Sat 9/27 – Clarendon Day 10k

Sun 9/28 – Lots of walking around Baltimore (we were there for a Ravens tailgate)

Total Weekly Mileage – 10.44 miles (2.52 miles less than week 3)

Total ATM Training Mileage – 47.42 miles

Apparently the requirement for me to PR at 10k races is that I have to be sick.  My old PR that I set last September at the Perfect 10 10k was reached while I was sick with a sinus infection.  Last weekend, I reached a new PR at the Dulles Day 10k while sick, and this weekend I set another new PR as I’m on the tail end of my recovery.  Its amazing what our bodies are able to do, even when they’re not at 100%!

Post race at the Clarendon Day 10k finish line

Post race at the Clarendon Day 10k finish line

I’m hopeful that I’ll be able to put in the work for one more high intensity week of training this week, capping it off with one last long run before I taper for a week.  Its hard to believe that my big fall race is just two weeks away!

QOTD: What are you currently training for?  How is your training going?

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17 Responses to Army Ten Miler Training Log – Week 4

  1. So proud of you Kathryn!!! Congrats on another PR! I set two training run PR’s last week with MY cold! Crazy!

  2. Chaitali says:

    Wow, great job on the PR even with getting over the infection! I’m glad to hear that you’re getting better and the medicine helped. I think that infection was going around because it sounds similar to what I had.

  3. the downhill start really helps for PRs – once you bank that time, you just gotta hold on to it 🙂 great job!

  4. I wonder if part of the reason you’re PR’ing when you’re sick is that your expectations are lower. Sometimes when I’m running without expectations for a strong finish, I find myself PR’ing. Regardless, really glad to see all of your hard work paying off!

  5. haleyduke17 says:

    Congrats on your success! It really is amazing what our bodies are capable of doing, even with an illness.
    I have 4 more weeks before I’m able to start running again but I can barely wait. I want to run now!!!

  6. That’s awesome that you PR after you have been sick! Great job!

  7. Jennifer says:

    Congrats on the PR Kathryn!! You are def going to rock your next 10K when you are at 100%, the body is amazing.

  8. Sue @ This Mama Runs For Cupcakes says:

    You are amazing! Congrats on the PR!!

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