2019 Berlin Marathon Training: Week 10

Greetings from Utah! I spent most of the week in Logan, Utah attending the SmallSat conference at Utah State University. This was my third time so I’m starting to know the drill 😉


The first run in Logan was a little bit frustrating. I managed to find a little time after our press conference and did half an hour on the hotel treadmill alternating 2:30 min walk / run. I couldn’t figure out where the distance was indicated so I have no idea how much I ran though I estimate around 3.2 km / 2 miles.


One of my colleagues told me about a trail right behind the hotel so I thought I’d take my runs outside for the rest of the week. The morning air was crisp and cool, perfect running weather. I ran 3.6km alternating 2 minute walk / 3 min run on the Logan River Trail.


I picked up the Logan River Trail where I left it the day before, driving to Rendez-Vous Park then running 4 km / 2.4 miles alternating walk 2 minutes and run 3 minutes, same as on Tuesday. I decreased my pace from 8:40/km to 8:00/km and that felt good to see.


Last run on the Logan River Trail 😭 I ended up going for a little more than the 30 minutes I’m supposed to do, running 5.5 km / 3.4 miles alternating 1:30 minutes walk and 3:30 minutes run. Funny how 5+ kms feel like a “long run” right now.


Back in D.C. and back at physical therapy! We went over my progress with Jared and he encouraged me to keep up with the return to running progression plan and hopefully get to the 3x 30 minutes with no walking at the end of the week and resume training, progressively increasing my mileage. It’s going to be really hard to catch up though, obviously 🙄


I had such an amazing class at Cyclebar. It was a 2000s themed class and I had had such a stressful week it just felt so good to let it all out on the bike. I *never* finish in the top 10 in class ! I really needed to end the week on a good note like this 😉


LONG RUN SUNDAY REST DAY. I would have loved to go for a run but I forced myself to take a rest day. Besides, I had to stay home while I was getting a new AC unit installed. That was part of what caused all my stress this week. My AC died and it wasn’t an expense I had really planned on having this year (after getting a new water heater a few months ago — the joys of home ownership !).

Bilan de la semaine: It felt good to run outside again and have such a great spin class. I’m feeling a little more optimistic at the end of the week than I was at the beginning for sure. With that said, ran 16.3 km total, just a little over 10 miles. Took one spin class for cross training and did some PT strength exercises.

What I’m watching/reading/listening to: Did anyone else LOVE the 90210 reboot ?? I know a lot of people were disappointed that they were playing heightened versions of themselves and not actually their Beverly Hills characters but I thought it was a clever way to do it. For books, I *finally* finished Kamala Harris’ memoir (💤) And read Sweetbitter which I had been meaning to read for quite a while.

What I’m eating/drinking: I’m sad to report that I have NOTHING to show for this week. The food at the conference is better than at most conference but I basically ate free food whenever I could. I did have some decent Utah beers. They’re lower in alcohol which is kinda fun, you can drink more !

What I’m looking forward to on week 11: I’m taking another cyclebar class on Tuesday morning and I’m planning on doing the Shake Shack one mile run as well that day. It will be nice to go back to one of my running groups ! And yes, I’m hoping to be running 30 minutes with any walking by the weekend ….

I’m linking up with Deborah and Kim for the Weekly Run Down. Have a great week!

24 thoughts on “2019 Berlin Marathon Training: Week 10

  1. It’s great to see your progress, and your rally back seems to be going well. Wow, you finished 8th in that class? Very impressive!!!! Keep up the great work!


  2. That’s so nice that your hotel had a running trail right behind it. So much better to take the runs outdoors vs. on a treadmill.
    I would have also loved that class at Cyclebar – that’s my type of music!


  3. Huh, I didn’t know all Utah beers were lower in alcohol! Fascinating. I know that when my husband and I ran the St. George marathon in Utah, it was tough to find a bar to grab a drink afterwards..few and far between!


    • It was such a nice surprise! Last year, I stayed closer to the school so I ran around campus (they have a track field and a cemetery that a lot of people use for running… trail by river was much nicer!)


  4. The trail in Utah looks lovely! LOL on not being able to figure out the treadmill data. I’m glad your running is progressing! Here’s to another good week!


  5. Well I am seriously jealous of the cool and crisp weather you had! I am glad to see that you are slowly getting more miles back in and feeling better. Thanks for linking up! Have a great week


  6. Wow! You sure had a beautiful place to run. Keeping my fingers crossed for you. Hubby and I did the Berlin Marathon in 2017. It was a fantastic experience. Loved the race!


    • I mean, I’m going to have a great time in Berlin regardless. My bestie is running too, my parents and another really good friend and her parents are coming to cheer… I just hope the race itself isn’t too demoralizing. I had really hoped I’d better my time from my first marathon…


    • That trail made staying at La Quinta Inn ok 😉 It’s hard there are very few hotels in town and even though I booked rooms a year ahead the best I could do was la Quinta… for $400/ a night!!!!


  7. We lived in Logan while my husband got his masters at USU during the first two years we were married. We loved the outdoorsy lifestyle of Utah, but we were homesick for the east coast and our families so we moved back to Virginia. The rules with alcohol have changed a lot since we were there in the early 80’s. Back then it was tough to find places that served alcohol and many clubs made you rent a locker to store your own. We’ve vacationed in Southern Utah the past two summers and were so surprised with how you can just order a drink with dinner out there now. LOL, the things that impress us! 😉


    • That’s so funny! It’s a pretty random town to have gone to three years in a row… and the conference is definitely a HUGE event for the town. I throw a big party every year and getting good alcohol (I work for a french company so we always want French wine) is tricky!!


  8. I was super confused by the 90210 reboot!! I watched it with my husband (we were big fans back in the day) and just kept looking at each other with confusion for most of the show! So, I’m hoping it makes more sense to us as it goes on. I’ll give it another few weeks 🙂


  9. Looks like you had another great week and making progress. Awesome!! Ha, that is interesting that the Utah beer had less alcohol. Drink more, yes! 🙂 I didn’t watch 90120 because I forgot. But that is interesting that they play different characters. That makes no sense.


  10. ah I’m so glad to see you are walk/ running now. this was me just a couple of months ago so I really get how you are feeling. my first weeks of walk/running I was so frustrated that I was “only” running like 3 km. I did kind of push a few times and then finally I did a 5K race (where I was ordered to walk/run and I did exactly that!). It takes some time and building up but it will be better in the end, and no matter what you’ll be starting and finishing in Berlin doing the very best you can!

    I feel you on the AC thing too – though we don’t have AC (as you probably know, it’s not a thing in Europe), it was my washer that blew up 2 weeks ago. Also not an expense I was planning on, since all our extra cash is going to our Chicago marathon trip…


    • ah ah, yeah my mom finally broke down and bought a fan this year… and yeah, these unexpected expenses suck and are definitely a downside of homeownership. And yeah, washer is about as exciting a purchase as AC… but a necessary luxury 😉


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