A Torturous Ten Miler


I’m not gonna lie — this morning’s ten mile training run was ROUGH. It was hot as eff (eff is really hot, fyi) and the sun was beating down on us relentlessly the whole time. But we did it, dammit:


My training buddy Ashley is flying out to the west coast later today for vacation, so we ran this morning instead of tomorrow and hit up a different trail — the W&OD trail — closer to her house. It’s a nice trail that goes for ages all through VA, but it’s asphalt, so it’s harder on the knees than our usual dirt trail and hotter since the heat was radiating up from the pavement! Hillier, too. Thank god for my Camelbak! Still in love:


Most of the trail we were on (we did an out and back run) had absolutely no shade, which made it REALLY hard. Mile 4 and 6 were fun, though — we took some offshoots into the woods and it was much better! Even though the trail was a bit hillier in the woods, we went by some pretty streams and the shade and trees were really refreshing. It made us want to sign up for a trail race! Have any of you done a trail race? Are they fun?

I was also rocking my new Brooks running shoes, and I felt a real difference in the support level. Yay!


We did the 10 miles in 1:30:21, for an average pace of 9:02. Here are our stats — with a disclaimer that we stopped at miles 2, 5, and 8 for quick (untimed) walking/trying not to die of heat breaks.

  • Mile 1: 8:15
  • Mile 2: 8:42
  • Mile 3: 8:37
  • Mile 4: 8:58 (in the woods — hillier but shady yay!)
  • Mile 5: 8:47 (turn around point, feeling rejuvenated)
  • Mile 6: 9:19 (back in the woods — yay!)
  • Mile 7: 9:25 (back in the sun — heat radiating from pavement legs tired help)
  • Mile 8: 9:24 (kill me it’s so hot omg)
  • Mile 9: 9:21 (why the eff am I training for a half marathon again?!)
  • Mile 10: 9:32 (blazing sun; checking our watches every second; the word “torture” was used by both of us… lol)

Hahha… you win some, you lose some, right?! I think I need to get my running mojo back — the past few long runs I have TOTALLY not been feeling and just wanting to not be training for something anymore. Help! Give me some motivation, people! :)

Now I’m chilling with my BFFs, frozen peas:


And getting ready to start studying — this coming week is finals week and Anatomy & Physiology is going to be crazy hard — we’re so behind we have to go in tomorrow morning at 8 a.m. for an extra lecture — ugh!


  1. 1

    I feel you about the running. I’m just starting and a motivation-less run is pure hell. But those peas look mighty tasty. haha

  2. 2

    Good luck on finals! This heat today was insane! I think its just the weather, maybe break up your runs in the cooler parts of the day.5 miles in the cool am and 5 in later? Bring Gatorade during your run!

    • 3

      Thanks! We don’t want to break up runs, but we were thinking from now on we’re going to have to go earlier in the morning if it stays this hot – that will help a lot I’m sure :)

  3. 4

    Well done, Anne. Heat makes weaklings of us all. It does look as if you went out too fast, as you did the other day, in fact. But likely the heat would have ground you down regardless. But, the fact is that you did it! So congratulations. And good luck on the finals, too!

  4. 5

    My dad always says that the best part about running is stopping. :) Congratulations on your impressive mileage!

  5. 6

    These temps make the beaches fun but the runs hectic. Good luck with tests!

  6. 7


    Don’t your peas get freezer burn when you put them back in!?

    • 8

      Haha yes – which is why these frozen peas are only for icing, not for eating! :) I’ve been using the same two bags to ice my legs since… November?!

  7. 9

    Whew, sounds like a tough one, but congrats for pushing through! Have a wonderful day girl.

  8. 10
    Jessica says

    Here is some motivation, you are going to be THE hottest bridesmaid in October!!!

  9. 12

    Yay for peas!!!! :) Glad that 10 miler is over for you.

  10. 13

    LOVE the W&OD trail… but I agree, it can be hard, literally. On some parts though you can run on the side where it’s not concrete. Have you seen that on your part of the trail? Anyways, great job regardless!

  11. 15

    Have those same shoes :-) And I’m also chillin’ with my frozen veggies on my knees now! Glad you got your run done!!

  12. 16

    Do you find that the icing your knee helps?

    • 17

      Yes, it has majorly helped me! I ice my whole legs – knees, shins, underside of knees, ankles, etc. after every run and I’ve really noticed a difference. Foam rolling is also key!

  13. 18

    Hi Anne!! Great job on your 10 miler!!! That’s SO my goal!! To be able to run that distance.

    I’d love to ask you though – do you eventually use your peas for cooking? 100% serious question! Because I’m wondering how many times the peas can defrost/melt on your knees and then go back in the fridge until they become…er..inedible? heheh

    • 19

      These two bags of peas are designated as “icing only”! :) I’ve been using them since like November and I’m pretty sure they are entirely inedible at this point, ha. But my knees and shins love them! :)

  14. 20

    OMG, my run today was awful as well. The first few “hot” runs of the season are always so tough, especially since we’ve been so blessed with cooler weather in between! I think as long as the temp stays consistent it all should get easier in a week or so, and you’ll be fine for your half.

    Love the frozen peas!

  15. 21

    Great work on what sounds like a hard run :)

  16. 22

    Holy heck I can’t believe you ran yesterday! It was brutally hot – I wouldn’t worry about it not being your best run. You’re body needs to get used to running in the heat, you know? Especially with all of this CRAZY weather we’ve had this year, haha. And like you said – you win some you lose some. It’ll always be that way, so the important thing is to keep truckin’ on :)

  17. 23

    Wow lady! I am amazed that you ran 10 miles in the hottness yesterday – major kudos to you!! i could hardly stand it in my house. I sat in front of a fan all night. haha

    I remember training for my first half marathon and frozen veggies were definitely my best friend as well. They stay put so well!

  18. 24

    You still finished the 10-miles = Success!! I cut my LR short yesterday because OMG IT WAS SO HOT – huge fist pump to you gals for toughing it out during all 10. ;) Hopefully when your classes/exams/studying days are over, the running motivation will come more easily (less stress = better workouts, no?)! Trust me, the finish line after 13.1 is definitely worth it :)

  19. 25

    I love the W&OD trail. I run it all the time out where I am at. It is sooooo long. Today I also got out in the hot and humid weather and did 15 miles. I am looking forward to taking it a little easier tomorrow when I run. BTW, good luck on your exams this week!

  20. 26

    Great job on the tough run! I’m trying to build up my mileage this week! I’m waking up 30 minutes early each day in order to ensure I can do at least 4 miles AND get in some lifiting time. I’ve definitely been neglecting the weights lately. Can you tell me again what type of Camelbak you have? I can’t find the tweet!

  21. 28

    Hey, I wanted to plug a great local group that puts on AWESOME trail races in the DC area. I started running with them last fall for a change of pace and was COMPLETELY sold on trail running. This group is really really great. Check em out!

    the ‘other’ anne p

  22. 31

    Ohhh!! I’m super jealous of your camera. Mine took a swim in the Caribbean Sea on my honeymoon and never recovered – and I’m too cheap to replace it. Lovely pics!

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