My Training Log Week October 17th – Happy October Running!

  • My Training Log Week October 17th - Happy October Running!

My Training Log Week October 17th – Happy October Running!

My Training Log Week October 17th – Happy October Running!

In last week’s training log I have mentioned how sick I was for about 10 days and how hard it was to find my way back into my training schedule. This week started on a much better note. After a miserably failed 10 Miler on Sunday night I gave my long run one more try the next morning, and I was able to log in a long run of 10 Miles. I felt so frustrated when my run the night before didn’t work out. I promised myself that I will give it my all one more time in the morning. I headed outside right after dropping my kids off to school and got it over with. 1o miles done. Finally. What a relief! I was officially back in Half-Marathon training! It so wasn’t a piece of cake. The stomach flu and the antibiotics wrecked my system and depleted me quiet a bit. In the days following I have been trying to work on my pace again with so so results …but hey at least I’m running!!

My Training Log Week October 17th - Happy October Running!

When I struggled through my 10 Miler I thought about my very first runs about 9 years ago.

Here are some really funny running facts about me I bet yo have never read anywhere else before!

  • When I first started running I exclusively was only running on the treadmill. Never outside. Not even once!! I was way too shy and thought I wasn’t a good enough runner to hit the pavement outside.
  • I signed up for the Boston Half-Marathon “Run to Remember” after I have been running on the treadmill for only 6 month and never ONCE outside.
  • Wait it gets even crazier…
  • I showed up on the starting line in Boston at the end of May, without ever running outside once at this point, meaning the Half-Marathon would be my very first outdoor run in my life!!! I still have no idea why I didn’t feel intimidated by this fact. I simply thought I just run it.
  • wait it gets better….
  • In order to make sure that I was able to cover 13.1 miles, I ran 13.1 miles on the treadmill 5 days before the actual Half-Marathon. Just to make sure I was fit enough to cover the distance… I had no idea I was suppose to taper or cut back on my running in the days leading to the Half-Marathon.
  • I also had no clue that I needed special running clothes. I wore long black thick cotton lycra Yoga spandex leggins and a black 100% cotton T-shirt and no special running sneakers when I showed up at the starting line that morning. It was the end of May in Boston and the temps were in the mid 70s!!!! What was I thinking?
  • During the race I also never stopped to have a sip of Gatorade or water because I thought once I stop I wouldn’t be able to put one foot in front of the other anymore, so I just kept running.
  • I finished in 2:01
  • I also never thought I would have a running blog one day. πŸ™‚

After this Half I was hooked on outdoor running and running gear shopping!!

This crazy stuff came to my mind when I read the discussion on Runners World over the weekend that treadmillΒ  running alone doesn’t produce runners. Well…there you have it.

I wasn’t able to find race pics of this day. Once I find them I will post them. Funny stuff…


Anyway… here is how my training went this week:

Monday: 10 miles to Juno beach and back. I started off slow. When I reached the Donald Ross Bridge in Jupiter I ran 6 bridge repeats while waiting for the drawbridge to come down, in order for me to cross. I never stop and wait when a draw bridge comes up. I keep running the bridge up and down until it’s safe to move. Just standing around until the ship floats by underneath can seriously destroy your running momentum. Another fact Florida runners have to deal with – draw bridges!!Β  Pace 9:50


My Training Log Week October 17th - Happy October Running!

Tuesday: Rest Day

Wednesday: 6 miles easy around my neighborhood, no idea what pace, something slow.

Thursday: Rest Day

Friday: 5 miles. Such a humid sticky morning run. I couldn’t even round this run up to my favorite number of 6 miles. Yikes!

Saturday: 7 miles. I threw in a few 1/2 mile repeats, but I was struggling with my stamina during this run.

Sunday: 67 degrees in Palm Beach!!!! I couldn’t believe this awesome running weather. I have been waiting for this since March! I headed outside for 7 miles, pace 8:51. I wished I could run in weather like this all the time!!

My Training Log Week October 17th - Happy October Running!


Total mileage for this week: 35 miles, plus Yoga and stretching

How was your training week?






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  1. I am with you! When I start, I cannot stop until I AM DONE DONE – so I don’t stop to drink or anything either. Plus, if I DO drink during a workout/run/cardio… I tend to feel the liquid in my stomach and that’s not a good feeling AT ALL!

    • Even to this day I don’t like stopping for drinking, GiGi. It changes your running momentum. It’s hard to pick yourself up again afterwards.

  2. I too got hooked to buying running gear haha! I have so much clothes that I can’t even run in all of them!

    • When it comes to shopping for myself Carmy, nothing beats shopping for running gear! I can spend hours trying on new running sneakers!

  3. Wow I am so glad you shared that Ilka about your first half! Just over 2! Holy Wow!!! My second half I wore the 100% cotton t-shirt and by the time I got finished running it was down to my knees soaked in sweat and about 5lbs heavier!
    Boy was that a lesson learned.

  4. Loved the fun facts about your start with running! What made you choose the Run to Remember? I know you’re in the south now – were you living up here in the Northeast at that time or did you just decide to do a little trip for it?

    • Hi Chrissy! We lived in NYC at the time. I signed up only 2 weeks before the event. I hopped in the car and we drove up there. The Run to Remember is still to this day my favorite race. Beautiful course, Boston itself and the vibe of the running community.

  5. I knew a guy who would only run on the treadmill. This was back in the day when I first started running. I didn’t understand that.

    I still don’t!

  6. Ahhh you go girl!! Never ceases to amaze me, how great of a runner you are!

  7. Congrats on being back into it! I laughed at the fun facts about your early days of running, especially what you wore to the Run to Remember. When I first started running I also wore the totally wrong clothes and sneakers. It’s always fun to look back and shake our heads at how far we’ve come.

  8. Your runs sound awesome! While my husband and I were on vacation in Florida, we ran quite a few times. We never had any draw bridge incidents, but boy, the humidity was killer! I feel like a wimp when I run in Florida. πŸ˜‰ Props to you!

  9. Wow you ran Boston without running outside? I remember your training for NYC last year and you were worried about the cold temps

  10. It’s never a piece of cake after getting back into it after illness! But sounds like you are back on track.

  11. Wow. The race facts are interesting and kind of funny. You may have done some things “wrong” but in the end you did it right because look where you are now.

  12. That is a pretty funny story! I have some funny running stories from when I first began πŸ˜‰
    Great job on your comeback this week! Those cooler temps always help πŸ™‚

  13. I”m lucky to not have had a horror story for my first “Trainings.” I am just so happy for you that you are doing so well–both post injury and post this summer!

  14. Ilka, your story sounds very much like mine! I ran exclusively on the TM for years…too embarrassed to run outside. When I got up the nerve to do that, I always took the dog. She my was excuse. LOL. The very first race I registered for was a half marathon (Disney). I overdressed as well. I’m so glad you are feeling better this week. And hooray for 67 degrees! Thanks for linking.

  15. That sounds so similar to my first half! I hadn’t the slightest idea what I was doing. I always giggle when I think back to those first runs.

    Nice work bouncing back after being sick! Those are always the worst times for me because I have a terrible time getting back in a rhythm.

  16. That is so crazy you trained indoors for a race in Boston! I give you so much credit running 13.1 miles without good shoes or attire!

  17. Glad to hear you are well again. Congratulations, you have completed the race. 35 miles a week – so proud of you!!!

  18. “I also never thought I would have a running blog one day.” I am glad that you had one. I really love the spirit of your posts. Just trying the impossible things πŸ™‚

  19. Instead of using the treadmill, you should run outside to enjoy the beautiful scenery. I’m sure that helps you a lot to get a healthy body and a good mood better.

  20. Haha, I must admit that I used to be a shy runner. I wore long shirt and pants, backward shoes (not a pair of runner shoes), run close to the pavement, avoid people watching. So funny. Now thing changes. Being confident brings us more than we could imagine

  21. Well done, Ilka! 35 miles per week, just after your sickness. You should be proud of what you’ve accomplished. Keep running girl.

  22. I love your story. I haven’t run on the drawbridge, but I have been thinking what if it happens. It would be a disturbance to my good mood, anyway I wish I could enjoy running like you did πŸ™‚

  23. Coolll !!! Your post just like a motivation for me on the days that i feel so lazy and wanna quit running haha πŸ˜€
    Love the way you enjoy running, girl πŸ™‚

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