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Weekly Workouts: Double Digit Long Run!

Holy cow…I haven’t had a “post long run feeling” like this in a long time! This week of workouts started out pretty calm and ended up kind of intense. I planned on doing my long run on Saturday but it rained ALL.DAY.LONG. Unless I wanted to run in 60 degrees with steady rain, I needed to postpone to Sunday. Don’t get me wrong, I like running in light rain and find it refreshing but this was squishy shoes kind of rain.

Normally this wouldn’t be a big deal but I was scheduled to teach Total Strength at the Y today…which meant long run + strength training on the same day. Y’all…I used to do this all the time in the early days of the blog and not blink an eye but these days it’s a bit of a different story. (Is it age? Am I less conditioned? Am I just smarter and more in tune with my body? I’ll go with answer #3 because I sure am injured a lot less now!)


I am (casually) training for the Thunder Road Half Marathon and I had a goal to hit double digits this weekend. I got all suited up in my Newton Fates, Tommie Copper compression sleeves and Fuel Belt and met a friend for the run at 8 a.m. this morning.


I’m so glad we waited until Sunday to run because it was the most beautiful morning. 55 degrees, sunny and quiet. I got this shot on a street that’s usually packed with cars.


I love running with friends because the miles tick by so much faster when you have someone to chat with but today my running partner also pushed me so hard. I told her when we met that I wanted to keep it around a 9 minute mile pace and she crushed that and was consistently pushing an 8:15-8:30 pace. I was totally that annoying friend that kept reminding her I wanted to take it slower! 🙂


Our goal was 10 but we ended up at 11 because we didn’t have a set run plan and just kind of ran all over the city. I was so shocked by how good felt for the entire duration of this run. Nothing hurt, my endurance felt great the weather and company was so perfect.

The thing that took it over the edge was having to teach this afternoon. I loved the class but the squatting and lunging portions were pretty brutal! Recovery has looked like a lot of protein, chocolate and ice cream for dessert, hot showers and feet up on the couch.

Here’s a look at the week’s workouts! I hit 20 miles! (Happy dance!)


Hot yoga


Strength + 2 mile run


10 x 3 of each of the following super sets: (what is a super set? check out this post)

Bench Press (65#)
Single Arm Dumbbell Row (30#)

Bicep Curl (15#)
Tricep Kickback (10#)

Side Raise (10#)
Strict Overhead Press (10#)

Single Leg Deadlifts (holding one 25# dumbbell)
Single Leg Squat to a Bench (holding one 25# dumbbell)


4.5 mile run




3 mile run


Hot yoga


11 mile long run + teach Total Strength

Tell me about your weekend workouts? If you’re training, how did your long run go?

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  • sarah October 12, 2015, 12:21 am

    Figure skating Friday and today, two hour stints each. I’ve been so, so unexpectedly sick: three weeks of wicked strep that culminated in surgery to relieve throat abscesses. Life can change so quickly! It really knocked me down, and it feels SO good to be able to start moving again!

    • Jen DeCurtins October 12, 2015, 2:59 pm

      That sounds awful! So glad you’re feeling better!

  • meredith @ The Cookie ChRUNicles October 12, 2015, 6:18 am

    Love that long run feeling! Thankfully no rain for me to deal with over the weekend but it was windy again on Saturday for my long run and I hate running in the wind!

    • Jen DeCurtins October 12, 2015, 3:02 pm

      So do I! We got lucky with the weather on Sunday. Well worth the wait!

  • Julie @ Running in a Skirt October 12, 2015, 8:55 am

    What a killer run! Good call on waiting until Sunday!

    • Jen DeCurtins October 13, 2015, 2:33 pm

      So happy we waited! The weather could not have been more perfect.

  • Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine October 12, 2015, 10:19 am

    Fantastic!!! Jen, how comfortable are those fuel belts that hold the water bottles? Does it feel awkward running or do you not really noticed the weight?

    • Jen DeCurtins October 12, 2015, 10:59 am

      I have been running with this FuelBelt since I trained for my first half marathon over 10 years ago! It’s seen me through multiple halfs, two marathons and more! I love it. I wear it high on my waist and it’s totally comfortable and doesn’t move around. Since the water is distributed through four bottles, it doesn’t feel heavy!

  • Jennifer October 12, 2015, 1:49 pm

    On Saturday I did a 5K, and on Sunday a barre class and a run/hike where I ran 50 minutes and walked about 30.

    • Jen DeCurtins October 13, 2015, 2:32 pm

      Wow! Sounds like a great weekend of workouts to me!

  • Shannon October 12, 2015, 3:33 pm

    I also did 11 miles on Sunday! I intended to stay around 8:50 pace, but after the first three miles at 8:15…I just kept going with it and felt great. Some days just work out like that!

    • Jen DeCurtins October 13, 2015, 12:39 pm

      That’s AWESOME! I love those runs!

  • Cassie October 12, 2015, 7:38 pm

    Great running workout! 😀

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