The Anatomy of a 10 Mile Run, According to Me

Posted by Rebecca

I ran 10 miles last Saturday.  No, not for fun.  I’m a week away from my next half marathon, so I have to run whether I like it or not.  Mostly not.

Here’s a little look into what is going on inside my head during a long run….

Mile 0 – Ok, I can do this.  It’s beautiful out, not too hot.  I have water and snacks.  The scenery is perfect, I have music, and there are lots of barnyard animals to keep me company.  I’ve done this before, I can do it again.

Mile 0.5 – I can’t believe I’m only 1/20th of the way done.

Mile 1 – Oh my gosh!  This is the WORST day of my life!  Everything hurts.

Mile 1.5 – Why am I doing this?  What has my life come to?  I should be at home, eating breakfast and watching TV like a normal person!

Mile 2 – Ok, I’m starting to feel better.  Good pace, good music.  I got this.

Mile 3 – Hey, Mr. Peacock.  What’s up, little lamb?  Oh hey, other runners.  Hi there, cyclist.  I love all these people out here with me.  We may not know each other, but it sure feels good to have all these other people trying their best today too.  I love everyone!

Mile 4 – In the zone.  Almost half way.  The miles are passing quickly.  This is not as bad as I expected.

Mile 5 – Half way!  And I feel great!  I got this!  I really should run a full marathon with my brother.  It would be fun, we could do it somewhere like Disneyland or Hawaii or New York City.  That would be great.  I mean, if I can run a half I can definitely run a full!

Mile 6 – “You down with OPP – Yeah you know me,
Who’s down with OPP – Every last homie.”  (singing in my head, or maybe out loud, it’s hard to say….)

Mile 7 – Ok, maybe a full marathon would be a bit too much.  But I could definitely do another half.  I should do one in a few months.  I’m already training.  I could just keep going.  Yeah, that’s what I’ll do….  My hips hurt.

Mile 8 – My legs hurt.  (start texting friends to distract myself from the fact that I still have 2 stupid miles to go – FYI texting and running is a dumb idea) 

Mile 9 – Me:  Did that stupid cow just look at me?  Stop looking at me you dumb cow!!  You are such an ugly stupid cow!!  I hate you so much!!
Cow:  Moo.  (swats flies with tail)

Mile 9.25 – My feet hurt.  I can’t believe some people are sitting at home, just eating breakfast and watching TV while I’m out here doing this stupid run!  Did that cyclist just wave at me?  What a douche!

Mile 9.5 – Oh my gosh!  This is the WORST day of my life!  Everything hurts.

Mile 9.75 – What am I doing with my life?  What has gotten me to this point??  How can the car still be so far away???

Mile 10 – I!   AM!   AWESOME!
(try to jump up and down for joy, but just drool on myself instead)


Rebecca Knabe

P.S. I know, I know – this is supposed to be a trailer blog.  But I’ve been a little distracted lately with this running thing.  If you have any ideas, questions, suggestions, or requests for trailer posts, please feel free to email them to me at


12 thoughts on “The Anatomy of a 10 Mile Run, According to Me

  1. I like that you’re sharing all parts of your life . . . I thought I’d start running a bit on the beach instead of just walking . . . it’s about a 3 mile hike and I lasted one day.

    You’re doing great!

  2. I have absolutely no desire to run except to catch a bus or play with the dog… never have, not ever. But, I loved this post! Very nice piece of writing.

  3. I look forward to your posts. They are so real and refreshing. Keep up the good work with your running…but be kind to the cow! LOL

  4. OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG…. I just nearly pee’d my pants reading this. Having faced the loss of a parent last month, I’ve thrown myself back into working out to get my mind off of things. I’ve done sprint distance triathlons before, so I signed up for another one. However, knowing that I have finished one before, it doesn’t seem to be that big of a motivator this time around. So I signed up for the Chicago Half Marathon this September. Now I’m all “OMG what the heck did I just do???” I can barely run 3 mi, what makes me think I can run 13.1??? So yes, thank you for making me laught and feeling my pain.

    • I’m sorry for your loss. I hope running can give you the distraction you need. I find it hard to think of anything else when I’m in the middle of my “hating-every-step” phase of my run. 🙂 I think Chicago would be a fun one. Have a great time! And happy training!!

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