10K Training

I’ve run 3 half marathons and oodles of 5Ks, but when it comes to 10K races I have some sort of mental block. 6.2 miles is right in the middle of too short and too long, so it should be fairly comfortable, yet this distance has always been my racing unicorn.

To remedy this, I’m running a trail relay in April (taking the 6.5 mile leg) and the Borgess Run 10K in May. Are you sitting down, Reader?  I’m training for these races. Yep. I’m using a modified version of Hal Higdon’s intermediate 10K training program and it’s already kicking my butt.

Here’s what a typical week looks like between now and the first week of May:


No sweat, and #nosleeptilBorgess

Wednesday Earworms: Inspiration

One More Mile by Timothy B. Schmit

This song made me smile big during the Park2Park Half Marathon.

Fav lyric:
I’m gonna get all wet, gonna trudge through the mud – Gonna do it all up in style
I won’t second guess, gonna try my best to go
One more mile

Today’s story:
Wanted to run this morning but didn’t have time to complete the scheduled duration. Cold rain happened later, but I had to ride my bike home in the slop so by the time I got there I figured – Why not go run? I’m already a mess plus I’m warmed up. So I did!  One More Mile was one of the songs that played while I was running, and I couldn’t help laughing at myself, running through the rain and puddles, looking like a drowned rat, trying my best to go one more mile.


18 minutes 36 seconds

**This post is brought to you by tonight’s 1.02 mile recovery run**

I’ve been silently arguing with myself over this post.  Should I recap the half marathon or just let it go?  Have I bored everyone to death with all this talk of running when it really only matters to me?   But why not record it for posterity, or barring that, to remind me that I don’t really enjoy running half marathons?

I can say this with confidence because now I’ve done it twice.  I do not like it, Sam-I-Am.

This time around I was one of 1,038 participants but I was alone with my music from start to finish. The weather favored us with sun and mild temperatures; our route was breathtakingly beautiful with scenic views of the Michigan lakeshore. The 5K-ers joined us sometime after mile 1. We cheered them on but were glad to see them leave the course to finish. An official photog took my picture while I was digging in my sports bra for a Salted Caramel flavored GU packet. When I faltered at mile 7, a strategically placed Rammstein track (Sonne) pushed me back into running. Energy became almost tangible in the last three miles of the race.  I sensed it from almost every runner I passed and those who passed me.  Fire existed in some of them, drive and determination fueled their efforts.  In others, utter hopelessness took over, and it spread quickly like a net.  I found I had to keep a wide berth between me and the runners who didn’t think they would make it.   A nice older man patted me on the shoulder during my short breather walk at mile 10 and his kindness inspired me to run again.  Thanks to him I caught and passed the 10:30 pace group during the last mile, finishing with an official chip time of 2 hours 16 minutes 52 seconds.  Average pace:  10:27/mile.

I achieved my goal for a sub 2:30 half and beat my time for the Borgess Half Marathon by 18 minutes 36 seconds. I never ate that Salted Caramel flavored GU.  Maybe it’ll be good luck for my next race.

Half Marathon Playlist

My race soundtrack totals 2 hours 35 minutes – I’m hoping to beat it by more than a couple of songs.  Pace increases incrementally in sections, starting with 12:00 miles and ending with 7:00.  I’ve never done a seven minute mile so we’ll see how that goes.

  • Scream & Shout – will.i.am ft Britney Spears
  • Don’t Stop (Color on the Walls) – Foster the People
  • The Phoenix – Fall Out Boy
  • Anna Sun – Walk the Moon
  • Viva la Vida – Coldplay
  • Applause – Lady GaGa
  • Promises – Nero
  • 50 Ways to Say Goodbye – Train
  • Headlights – Morning Parade
  • F*cking Perfect – Pink
  • One More Mile – Timothy B. Schmit
  • Get Ur Freak On – Missy Elliot
  • Toxic – Britney Spears
  • Locked Out of Heaven – Bruno Mars
  • We Built This City – Starship
  • Dead & Gone – The Black Keys
  • Mr. Saxobeat – iSweat Fitness Music
  • Moves Like Jagger – iSweat Fitness Music
  • The Great Escape – Boys Like Girls
  • Sonne – Rammstein
  • Take Over Control – iSweat Fitness Music
  • E.T. – Katy Perry
  • Run-Around – Blues Traveler
  • My Songs Know What You Did in the Dark – Fall Out Boy
  • Don’t Stop – innerpartysystem
  • Me, You and Medication – Boys Like Girls
  • This is Gospel – Panic! At the Disco
  • Poppin Bottles – T.I. ft Drake
  • Jump Into the Fog – The Wombats
  • Ich tu dir weh – Rammstein
  • Heels over Head – Boys Like Girls
  • Will Do – TV On the Radio (twice)
  • Rat a Tat – Fall Out Boy ft Courtney Love (twice)
  • Free (The Stratos Spaced Out Remix) – Twin Atlantic
  • Holding On to You – twenty one pilots