The 10% Running Rule and Lunch at 10.

March 13, 2013

Spin was extremely awesome this morning.  I met a new friend that is just as in love with running as I am, it was a killer workout and then I got to come home to Brooke and Billy playing on the couch.  

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Then I did a few planks and some stretching.   Brooke’s Yogurtland doll is one of her new favorites lately which is very hard for me since it makes me dream of going to spend all of our money every time I see it on a 5 lb cup of froyo with carmel and sour warms on top.  

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Brooke went down for her morning nap and I cleaned the house (the biggest benefit of living in a 650 square foot apartment is the fact that it takes approximately 8 minutes to clean the whole place.  Maybe we shouldn’t move into a two bedroom apartment?) and then I ate lunch.  Yes, I said I did this during Brooke’s morning nap.  

When you wake up at 5 then you eat lunch at 10:15.  It is normal, I promise.  I hope Billy is okay with having dinner at 3 pm and second dinner at 7 pm.

I watched the after the Final Rose Ceremony while eating my chili and I just have to say I am extremely happy about who he chose.  They are adorable. 

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We have all heard the 10% rule right?  The rule that says you aren’t supposed to increase your mileage more than 10% each week in order to avoid injury. 

This book has a little more awesome stuff to add to that rule:

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(Sticky fingerprints on my book from eating chocolate while reading)

“A study involving novice runners found that those who ramped up according to the 10% rule suffered just as many injuries as those who jumped into a steady level of training.  So, clearly, the advice to ‘ramp up slowly’ is not sufficient in itself to reduce injury risk- at least in beginners.  But we’re willing to bet that the runners in this study would have broken down less often if they had complemented the 10% rule with a second guideline:  When something starts to hurt, RUN LESS.

Such a simple and obvious thing but as runners for some reason it is SO hard for us to follow.  

“No numerical rule can predict how your body will respond to your training.  While, in the long run, using the 10% rule will certainly keep you healthier than if you included abrupt mileage spikes in your training, it still doesn’t make any sense to continue increasing your running mileage at a rate of 10% per week if you’ve developed a sore spot that gets a little worse every time you run.  Do not ignore pain.”

What do you do when you do develop some sort of pain.  They say to simply reduce your mileage to a point that you are no longer feeling the pain (could be no running… could be slowing down your pace or dropping down to 10 miles a week or something) and then once the pain is gone you should cautiously begin increasing your mileage again.   

PS the book says that some people have to limit to increasing their mileage to 5% each week and some people can make much larger increases each week… it just depends on much much exposure your leg tissues can handle and how quickly they can be repaired and adapted before the next run. 


Favorite room/thing to clean and least favorite room/thing to clean?

-I actually LOVE cleaning the kitchen and the shower is my enemy.  

Do you follow the 10% rule?  What about the ‘when something starts to hurt, run less’ rule?

What time do you normally eat lunch?  

Amy N. March 13, 2013 at 2:04 pm

It’s hard to say when we eat lunch around here because we are always eating. Seriously.

I have a small place too, quick to look messy, quick to clean up.

Brooke is, as usual, absolutely adorable!


aine @ ainesadventuresabroad March 13, 2013 at 2:06 pm

I dont mind cleaning the kitchen but I HATE putting away laundry. It’s like a puzzle trying to fit all my clothes in drawers GRRR!

Def try to follow 10% rule, but sometimes get overzealous!

Lunch is usually at 12, I get starving!!


Cori @ olivetorun March 13, 2013 at 2:06 pm

Since I’m a teacher my lunch time is “controlled”. I scarf down what I can in 10 mins between 12:25-12:35.


RunInBoise March 13, 2013 at 2:07 pm

i hate cleaning the shower too. i dont mind doing laundry or vacuuming. i eat lunch usually around 2-3. but i work real late.


Karen @ Runner Girl Eats March 13, 2013 at 2:09 pm

I hate, hate, hate cleaning the bathroom and love cleaning the kitchen. I have no idea what the percentage ever is but have had good luck with just adding a mile to my long run or a mile to each my short runs (which works out to 3 miles a week). Adding too much too quickly has been hard for me in the past so I play it safe and add mileage very slowly.


Elizabeth @ My Neon Running Shoes March 13, 2013 at 2:10 pm

I refuse to clean the toilets and shower. I make Joe do it! And yes the 10% rule is one I have lived by for years now. It definitely has worked! I normally eat lunch between 11:30 and 12:30!


Brittany March 13, 2013 at 2:10 pm

I envy your quick clean right now! We got our first house and I don’t think I’m ever done cleaning.. LOL. It doesn’t help that I’m also in demo mode painting walls and tearing things apart ;)

You and Brooke are ADORBS!


Maria March 13, 2013 at 2:10 pm

I usually eat lunch between 11-1, depending on when I get a break. It varies day to day so sometimes my body just freaks out and is like “feed me now please!”

I don’t mind cleaning the bathroom but I haaattteee putting away laundry or vacuuming. Awfulness.


Mari March 13, 2013 at 2:11 pm

I feel like I’m always cleaning the kitchen. I hate to clean the toilet.

I usually follow the 10% rule, but not always. As long as the pain is a sweet pain, then I’ll continue to run. If not, I’ll rest for a day or so and give it another shot. Lunch is usually around 1:00.


Kelsey March 13, 2013 at 2:13 pm

I think listening to your body is so important. I have been adding a mile a week on to my long run, plus added an extra run and am feeling great. But I am taking time to pay attention to my body. I’ve skipped a couple of runs when I was feeling sick and have slowed down when my legs asked me to. Great information! Thank you!


Brooke @ Running In Heels March 13, 2013 at 2:14 pm

I eat lunch early too! It’s normal? :)


Jenn S. March 13, 2013 at 2:15 pm

I was really good at the 10% rule until I got unto trail running and ramped up a little more than 10%. I’m now having some IT issues so I haven’t run since Saturday when I had to be picked up at mile 2.46 during a 9 mile run. I’m really hoping my appointment Monday helps this pass quickly!

For cleaning I’ll take the kitchen over the bathroom any day!


Sarah March 13, 2013 at 2:15 pm

I don’t follow the 10% rule. I’ve tried, but I get too impatient. Oops :P

I definitely do back off when something starts to hurt though. I didn’t do that when I was training for my first marathon last year (in my brain, when my knee and hip started hurting, I thought it would go away if I kept running. Ummm no.) and it came back to bite me – there was A LOT of walking in the second half of the race :( I definitely learned my lesson!!


Lyric March 13, 2013 at 2:16 pm

I normally eat lunch at 1230 and have a snack at 10! I love cleaning the bathroom! I know there is somthing wrong with me..


Sonia the Mexigarian March 13, 2013 at 2:16 pm

eh…. I try to follow the 10% rule. Like two weeks ago I did 10 miles, last week I did an 8k, so this week I am planning 11 miles. I slightly rolled my ankle on Friday and kept off it except for the 8k, and am feeling some twinge now.Trying very hard to ignore it ^^;;

It’s kind of hard to just stop for me since I’m in the middle of training. :\

Generally eat lunch at noon. Favorite room to clean…. uh… bedroom, I guess. Least favorite, bathroom.


Alyssa @ See This Girl Run March 13, 2013 at 2:19 pm

My lunch time depends totally on how busy and absorbed I am with my work. I make myself wait until at least 11:55 to whip anything out but on really busy days I haven’t had lunch until about 2 pm! Awful I know! Lately, I’ve been trying to be better about having a morning snack and an afternoon snack, so that helps me not eat lunch too early or to get too hungry before dinner, especially since I go to the gym straight from work.


Kari @ Running Ricig March 13, 2013 at 2:19 pm

I hate cleaning, but I love clean, so it’s a tricky world I live in.


Nicole@TheKidlessKronicles March 13, 2013 at 2:20 pm

I like cleaning the kitchen and hate cleaning the bathroom. Especially the toilet. Anyone that lives with a boy knows what I mean.
I don’t follow the 10% rule but I do run less when something is hurting.
I eat lunch anytime from 11-1 depending on the day.

The Kidless Kronicles


Jen March 13, 2013 at 2:21 pm

For the most part I pretty much follow the 10% but before my 1st marathon I did not! 9 miles being the most to 15…and I got runners knee! I might not have gotten it if I wouldn’t have ignored the pain but I tried to keep running (dumb) until I physically could not…and then I cried. Seems silly…but I did I was so worried about missing the rest of my long runs. (I had 2 left). I took almost 2 weeks off and ran my first marathon having never done more than 15 miles in 3 hours 51 min. I have done 2 more since and am signed up for my 3rd so far injury free.(I hesitate to say that for fear something will happen).
5 am is soooooo early!!!!!!!!!!


Katie @ Bevo Loves an Aggie March 13, 2013 at 2:22 pm

I absolutely hate cleaning the bathroom. If I ever get rich, I’m hiring someone to do just that for me! Cleaning our bedroom is the easiest because I just make the bed and dump everything into the “junk” drawers next to our bed. :)

I eat lunch at 11 because that is my lunch break at work. At home, it just depends on when I get hungry! Usually early though!


Ashley @ My Food 'N' Fitness Diaries March 13, 2013 at 2:25 pm

I’m loving Brooke’s curly little locks these days! So cute! If I don’t have a mid morning snack, I usually find myself getting hungry for lunch around 11:30, but otherwise it’s around 12:30 or 1. And I’m totally with you on hating to clean the shower… I give that job to my husband. I also hate cleaning the floors. I sweep them regularly, but scrubbing them doesn’t get done nearly enough. I’m kind of OCD about a clean kitchen, so that never bothers me.


shelly March 13, 2013 at 2:28 pm

When in training, I increase my mileage (of my long run) by a half mile.


Tracy March 13, 2013 at 2:29 pm

Didn’t really follow any of the rules like I should have, and it ended in a lesson learned. I’m going to definitely stick to SLOW mileage increases once I’m all better!! Definitely some miles are better than no miles!! Also, I kind of think that if you don’t listen to your body and take it easy if it hurts (easier runs or days off), you run a high risk of causing a situation where you cannot run. Thanks for sharing this, HRG! :)

Favorite thing to clean: vacuuming! It’s easy, and it makes the house look better instantly! Least Favorite: bathrooms.

I eat all the time… Not big into a real “lunch.” I snack all hours I’m awake!


Annette@FitnessPerks March 13, 2013 at 2:30 pm

Another reason why I love living in an apartment–never having to unplug the vacuum! Hah.

I eat lunch earlier on days I teach in the 5 o’clock hour too! It’s normal ;)


Amanda March 13, 2013 at 2:33 pm

When I was first starting to run I followed the 10% rule but now my mileage is pretty consistent at 30-40 miles a week. One thing I do is to have 3-4 weeks where I build mileage and then back off for a week to less then 30 miles, I find this helps to avoid injury but like you said everyone is different.


heidi March 13, 2013 at 2:33 pm

Hate cleaning the bathroom, dont mind the kitchen and i love to do laundry!

I learned the 10% rule the hard way. i added too much mileage too soon and too fast and developed a stress fracture in my femoral neck/hip. horrible painful and long recovery. now i’m learning all about the low and slow. long runs past 8 miles are now done in intervals of run 5 walk 1. i hate it but i’m moving towards my first half marathon injury free. (so far)

i eat lunch at my desk at 1pm so i can watch general hospital!


Andrea @mainerunnergirl March 13, 2013 at 2:35 pm

I love dusting and vacuuming! I’ve had to back off running this week because I have the most humongous blood blister on the arch of my foot that is killing me!


Sarah March 13, 2013 at 2:35 pm

She looks very happy to watch you workout, Mom!



Brittney @teaberrytrails March 13, 2013 at 2:36 pm

I’m def getting a twinge in my knee and have backed off running this week! Hopefully it will feel better next week! I’ve done a little cross training, so I haven’t completely taken off =)
Not sure if I have a particular room I hate cleaning, but I sure do despise me some laundry!


Heather @fitncookies March 13, 2013 at 2:36 pm

I love eating lunch later, so I’ll eat a snack to hold me over to about 1! I hate the bathroom and detest the shower drain. I love organizing so my favorite is the office! I do not listen to the 10% rule. I run until I hurt and then stop, basically. If I feel great, why stop just because I’m 10% more than last week?


Tammy March 13, 2013 at 2:37 pm

I like to do laundry, that way I can sit on the bed or couch and put on my show and fold. Easy…and I don’t like dishes!

I eat lunch at noon because that’s when I take my lunch at work. We take turns in a small office.

I took time off due to my ankle being sore a few weeks ago. I also try to increase my mileage but I’m not sure the exact math.


Wendy @ New Moms Talk March 13, 2013 at 2:39 pm

I love cleaning. It may sound crazy, but I find it calming and rejuvenating. I love taking care of our home with my hands.

In taking care of my body with my hands, lunch times range from 10-3. It all depends on life with Susanna and the workings of Scott.


Lesley March 13, 2013 at 2:40 pm

Funny that you bring up the 10% rule… I try to follow it, but last weekend I did 13.2 after a 7 miler the weekend before while on vacation. I must have compensated for the blister on the ball of my foot by running on the outer part. Now it hurts–bigtime :( Took 2 days off & tried the treadmill this morning…not good. Fortunately my (1st) 1/2 marathon isn’t until 4/21 but I’m still really bummed! Hoping it just gets better on its own?! BTW…this is the first time I’ve left a comment so I have to add that I love your blog! :)


Rachel McIntyre March 13, 2013 at 2:43 pm

I don’t mind hoovering. I find it quite therapeutic. I really don’t like ironing (is that classed as cleaning?), which is why I don’t iron anything!


Victoria March 13, 2013 at 2:45 pm

My daughter is wearing those same pjs for bed tonight! They are our favorites! She always picks them out, even when they are in the laundry basket. (She is almost 14m)


Rachel @ Undercover Diva: A Sitcom March 13, 2013 at 2:47 pm

I clean my kitchen every single day because I am a freak about it because that’s where all my food prep is. I also like vacuuming. I hate cleaning the bathroom or the shower. I followed the 10% rule when I was training for my half, but when I’m not training I have to say that I’m a little haphazard about distances and do what I want. I’m really bad about stopping when I’m hurting. I think it’s because I’m unhealthily obsessed with always getting a workout/run in and nothing makes me feel as good as running does.

I usually eat lunch anywhere between 11:30-1, earlier if I’m up earlier or later if I’m up later.


Katie @ Peace Love & Oats March 13, 2013 at 2:51 pm

I try to follow the 10% rule, but unfortunately I’m one of those that really should do 5%, my legs just don’t handle it well! Makes coming back from an injury rough!


michelle kim March 13, 2013 at 2:51 pm

Lunch is usually around 11:30 (before my class at noon).
And I definitely run less when something’s hurting… but not necessarily so if I’m sore. I’ll run lightly.


Caitlin March 13, 2013 at 2:51 pm

Favorite thing to clean would be nothing. Ha. Least favorite thing to clean is, by far, the bathroom.

I definitely run less when something hurts and have no problem taking a day off…but taking several days off? Nope. I suck at that. Taking more than one day off at a time means I need to decrease my caloric intake, and that just isn’t going to happen. Momma needs her candy.

Lunch is at 12. On the dot. No exceptions.


Jessica R @ fromthekitchentotheroad March 13, 2013 at 2:51 pm

I get up at 4:30 some mornings. Those days I force myself to wait until at least 11 to eat lunch. Normally I eat two breakfasts in order to make it lunch.


Laura @ Live, Run Sparkle March 13, 2013 at 2:54 pm

I love cleaning the bathroom (minus the shower/tub), and also love cleaning the kitchen. My bedroom and vacuuming are another story…I hate picking things up off the floor, which is usually covering in a layer of clothes.

I work from 8am – 4pm so normally I eat lunch at 11:30am-ish and then have a pre-gym snack around 3pm. I wish I could take your spin class, it sounds like fun!!


Leetra@runningmylife March 13, 2013 at 2:56 pm

I’ve never even given the 10% rule 10 seconds of thought. I just do whatever feels good… At one point I went from mostly 3 miles a day (first starting back after a pregnancy where I wasn’t allowed to run) to 10 and it felt great. I’m bad about rules but I’ve also never been injured… Lucky me I guess. If I had any real pain, I’d cut back or slow down.


Linda @running4two March 13, 2013 at 3:03 pm

I try and follow the “run less if something hurts” rule, but I tend to run through the pain and end up injured. I really am trying to not let this happen anymore but it is so hard not to run. When I’m at work I eat lunch around 1:30 because I run outside a lunch time :-).


Mallory @ ifgravityhappens March 13, 2013 at 3:05 pm

Thanks for sharing the running tips from the book!!! Knowing when you are pushing it to far and it’s time for a break is the hardest part of being a runner but it also makes you stronger at the same time! I wish it only took 8 min to clean my house and it’s not even big! I think I just have a short attention span and find something else better to do ;)


Monica L March 13, 2013 at 3:29 pm

I HATE cleaning the bathroom-especially my sons-gross. I use to eat lunch at 11 when I worked a 7-3 shift, but now I work 8-4 and eat around noon. Though when I’m off that goes out the window. I think it would be hard to keep any kind of schedule at home with a baby. Best to just roll with the flow!! That is a good point about the 10% rule. I’m trying to figure out what exactly caused this ITB injury that has kept me from running for over a month and making me miss my first 1/2 marathon :(


Anne March 13, 2013 at 3:38 pm

Words to live by, “Do not ignore the pain, Do not ignore the pain, Do not ignore the pain!”
Let me learn the lesson for anyone else! :)

I prefer to eat lunch a bit later but waking up at 5 makes that hard sometimes!


Amanda @ .running with spoons. March 13, 2013 at 3:45 pm

There are definitely days where I can’t last until 12 when it comes to eating lunch… especially when I wake up super early or have a rough night. On days like that, dinner at 4 is pretty typical as well, followed by a night of serial snacking ;)

And I’m with you on the cleaning bit – I love the kitchen because it’s probably where I spend the majority of my time when I’m home, but bathrooms are just the devil.


Fiona @ Get Fit Fiona March 13, 2013 at 3:49 pm

I finish work at noon, so by the time I get home and make something it’s usually 12:45 or 1.


Renee @ Renee Runs Miles March 13, 2013 at 4:21 pm

Vacuuming is my favorite chore and bathrooms are my least favorite.

I mostly follow the 10% rule–I’ve been alternating 3-4 days/week and only the long run is consistent and I mix the others up to make the long run work (not more than 1/2 of my week’s total mileage) Then I get some short runs but more days/week and then other weeks longer runs but more rest days. So far it seems to be working, I haven’t had any pain!

I usually eat lunch between 11-12…my boys get hungry then so we just eat lunch instead of snacking and then eating lunch.


Katie March 13, 2013 at 4:22 pm

Brooke’s leopard pjs are the best!! And I want a yogurtland hello kitty! I love that advice: if it starts to hurt, run less. SO easy to forget, but really important to live by!!! I love doing the dishes (and by doing the dishes I mean only when the dishwasher is involved, i.e. loading and unloading) annnd HATE anything to do with the bathroom. Except for the mirrors- windexing mirrors is fun :)



Miranda @ Miranda Runs March 13, 2013 at 5:02 pm

My lunch is always at 10:35-11:05. NO BUENO.


jan March 13, 2013 at 5:08 pm

I’ve been selectively ignoring some lower leg pain. I have been taking every other day off, but I just don’t want to stop completely. *sigh*

As for lunch, my real lunch break (I’m a teacher) is 11:05-11:35, but of course during my prep hour at 10:21 I almost always have a snack. Yes, 10:21. Not 10:25 or 10:20. When you’re a teacher, EVERY MINUTE matters. LOL


Lindsey March 13, 2013 at 5:22 pm

You should read ChiRunning if you haven’t already. It’s completely changed how I feel about running. It has so much behind how to properly avoid injuries and keep running whatever distances you want. Whether it’s 10 miles one week or 50 miles the next.

I’m only on Chapter 4 and have seen major improvements.


Laura @ beanstalk March 13, 2013 at 5:33 pm

Brook is such a doll.

I don’t mind cleaning if I’m in the mood… key phrase being “in the mood,” which isn’t THAT often.

I don’t follow the 10% rule but I definitely follow the stop/run less if it hurts rule. I think listening to our bodies is the smartest thing we can do. Everybody is different and everyone’s training is different but if something is *hurting* it probably isn’t right.


Jen O. March 13, 2013 at 5:38 pm

Your little one is so darn cute!!

My favorite thing to clean are pans that must be scrubbed with a brillo pad – i find it extremely satisfying – i don’t know why! Least favorite is sweeping. I hate moving furniture around to get to dog-hair tumbleweeds.

ps. I love your blog! It’s one of my favorite parts of the day to read your blog while eating my breakfast before work!


Rebecca March 13, 2013 at 5:54 pm

I really enjoy cleaning the fridge but hate cleaning sinks and the shower. I like to eat lunch around 11am :)


Katherine March 13, 2013 at 6:10 pm

That 10% rule is a little hard :P


Tiffany Dutson March 13, 2013 at 6:13 pm

I don’t mind cleaning but hate picking up clutter. Twins=clutter:) I follow the 10% rule to a T. Everything should be gradual in exercise even with other types of sports or weight training. Better to be safe than sorry.


solarpoweredlife March 13, 2013 at 6:27 pm

I’m with you on the early lunch being totally acceptable! I wake up (if I don’t run before work) at 5:30am every morning to get to work by 6:45 at the latest. (Homeroom is at 7:15!) This year, my lunch period is at 10:47 and I can not WAIT to eat my lunch at that time. Yes, it means I snack right after my afternoon run, and then have a full dinner, too, but so be it!


Meagan March 13, 2013 at 6:28 pm

I love cleaning our living room and my nemesis is the bathroom.

I try to backoff when something starts to hurt but its hard. Usually I end up in a lot of pain/actually injured before I back off. Im working on it…

I dont take a lunchbreak at work, but just eat while I’m working. Usually I pick from my lunch that I pack from 1030 until 2 or whenever I finish what I have.


Holly KN March 13, 2013 at 6:44 pm

I like to sweep; I also hate cleaning the shower stall. My husband has been permanently assigned that particular job.

I’ve done the 10% rule in the past; lately have been experimenting with load – adapt – load – adapt. In other words, add more than 10%, but maintain for 3 weeks. Repeat. In the end, it takes about the same time to make the same mileage increases.

And I definitely advocate: When it hurts, RUN LESS. Running through pain is just stupid…

Speaking of which…hope those IT bands are feeling better quick-quick!


Babs March 13, 2013 at 6:53 pm

There is no shame at 10am lunch ;) Our current place is a small one bedroom apartment and I agree it makes cleaning easier. However, I still hate cleaning the bathroom.


BriAnne March 13, 2013 at 7:29 pm

I HATE cleaning the shower too! But more than that, I detest doing toilets! Fortunately, when we got married, my husband agreed to take over that duty. I argued that the mess is most likely from the man anyway, right? :) He’s a super clean freak, so it worked out. But I found an awesome way to clean the shower on Pinterest and it has changed my life… The one tip is to make sure that the sponge part is pointing up, otherwise the soap will leak out!

We totally do lunch early too. We actually do everything early since the kiddos go to bed around 6 or 7 (score!). :) We are like old folks and eat dinner around 4, haha! I am not ashamed. :)


Melissa March 13, 2013 at 7:35 pm

I like cleaning the kitchen too! I like the warm water on my hands when doing dishes, esp in winter.

Question on your chicken chili – when you add the tomato soup, is that like a can of campbells concentrated tomato soup? And if so, do you add a can of water too? I like the way your chili looks more soupy than the pic of the origincal recipe, and really want to try making it!


Nikki @ run+breathe+be March 13, 2013 at 7:50 pm

I enjoy sweeping/steam mopping/vacuuming. I loathe folding laundry. I’ll wash it all day long, but I will avoid folding for weeks. Heyyy let’s live out of a laundry basket!


Debbie @ Deb Runs March 13, 2013 at 8:38 pm

Can I just say that I LOVE baby hand dimples, and Brooke has got the cutest ones ever in the first picture!!!

I’ve always heard of the 10% rule and coached by it, but more importantly, I’ve always told my runners, “Listen to your body.” Thanks for sharing what “The Runner’s Body” says. It makes complete sense.

Reply March 13, 2013 at 8:41 pm

Love the information on your blog – as always.
Could Brooke get any cuter?
My boys got up so early that a lot of times they were taking their first nap at 8 or 9 AM!! Imagine how many dinners you could have fit in at my house if you had lunch at that hour! :)


Ceecee March 13, 2013 at 8:44 pm

Do you have a specific stairmaster workout? I remember you posting a workout with a deck of cards for the treadmill and wondered if you do something similar with stairs?


The Hungry Runner Girl March 13, 2013 at 8:55 pm

Hey!!! I usually just choose one of the preset programs on the machine! The interval one is my favorite!


kendra @ March 13, 2013 at 9:21 pm

oh my gosh brooke is completely adorable! it must be great to come home after a good workout to her.

HATE to clean toilets. don’t mind cleaning the kitchen.


Brittani March 13, 2013 at 9:29 pm

I’m with you- the kitchen is allll miiine, but my husby gets the laundry and vacuuming. We take turns on the bathroom. Divide and conquer!


Kristina March 13, 2013 at 9:45 pm

I live by the 10% rule. I got hurt trying to ramp up too quickly, so I learned the hard way not to push it.

I don’t mind doing dishes and cleaning the kitchen as much as I used to. It’s kind of therapeutic to just zone out and clean. I HATE emptying the dishwasher though!


STUFT Mama March 13, 2013 at 10:12 pm

Hate cleaning bathrooms. Worst job ever! :)


Jenevieve March 14, 2013 at 2:09 am

I don’t ever follow the 10% rule, but have always followed the “if something hurts, run less” rule. So far (knock on wood) I haven’t been injured enough that I have needed to stop running for more than a week. I find that colds are more my enemy when it comes to having to scale back to just get well.

On another note, when I run in the mornings–as opposed to afternoon or evening–I find that my house is much cleaner by the end of the day. There’s something about kickstarting my day with a solid run that helps me be extra productive! Cheers :)


Megan March 14, 2013 at 4:32 am

I’m jealous of your quick clean up, being pet free probably really helps that as well! I like to clean the kitchen, not so much for actually cleaning it but for how happy I am when it is done, bathrooms on the other hand suck. I never realized how quick dust gathered!!

I normally eat breakfast between 6 and 6:30 so by 10:30 I have to have a snack and then I go to the gym. Lunch is normally after that. Days that I don’t work out my lunch has definitely been known to vanish at 10:30!


Lissy March 14, 2013 at 5:48 am

With this time change I have gotten my second wind around 9 pm…So I end up cleaning and then by morning somehow its a mess again! I actually like cleaning the kitchen, and vacuuming. I hate doing laundry, its takes me longer than I’ll admit to actually get around to folding my daughters clothes…they are so tiny!


Rachel March 14, 2013 at 6:06 am

I usually try to hold off lunch until after 12. Coffee for breakfast (so bad, i know), Mid morning snack at 10, lunch at 12, afternoon snack 2:30ish, Dinner anywhere between 6-7 (depending on t-ball practice).

I LOVE to clean my hardwood floors. I hate bathrooms.


Rhonda and Sandrine March 14, 2013 at 7:27 am

Favorite room to clean: Sandrine (bedroom) Rhonda (living room) Least favorite: Bathroom for both!


Jessica March 14, 2013 at 7:31 am

I’m not sure that a “favorite” thing to clean actually exists…

I don’t follow the 10% rule – I just follow my training plan and hope that it’s instructing me to run the appropriate mileage each week! Luckily I haven’t had any injuries or pain (knock on wood), but I’m sure I would just run less or focus more on strength training.

Lunch typically happens at precisely 12:20 p.m. :)


Kay March 14, 2013 at 7:33 am

I actually don’t mind cleaning because I live in a pretty tiny apartment so it doesn’t take too long, haha.


Sonya March 14, 2013 at 7:43 am

I just found your blog and am so glad I did. This post was so timely for me. I’m training for my first 1/2 and my hip just recently began giving me trouble. I ran through it yesterday and am paying for it today. This was the reminder that I needed that it’s okay to cut back or rest as needed.

Thank you!


Blaire @ Just Been Running March 14, 2013 at 9:14 am

I have been trying to follow the 10% rule because I am currently training for a half marathon and last year around this time I got hurt because I was running too much and increasing the mileage really quickly.

I ran 5 yesterday and it felt great and semi-fast (8:16 pace) so I was pleased with it and I really hope I’ll be ok to run this half in April!

I don’t get to work until 10am so I’m not usually that hungry until 1 pm or so…I usually eat snacks throughout the day though!


Colleen March 14, 2013 at 10:46 am

I, too, enjoy cleaning my kitchen and dread scrubbing the shower. I eat lunch between 2-2:30pm everyday. I am STARVED by then everyday because I get up at 4am to teach aerobics. My schedule doesn’t allow me to fit it in any other time. Lunch is defintely my biggest meal of the day. Regarding the 10% rule. I think that we are all extremely different and no one should follow a set plan. Listen to your own body and accomodate accordingly.


Nicole March 14, 2013 at 12:29 pm

I enjoy vaccuuming, I hate to dust.

I have a question…..what if, you have pain, but it actually feels good to move/run? For example, my back and hips hurt sitting down, but when I’m running and for a while afterward, it feels just fine!

I try and eat lunch later, so I have a “shorter” feeling afternoon. I’m a morning person, so the afternoons always drag for me!


Katie March 14, 2013 at 1:13 pm

I follow the Hal Higdon training plans so I’m automatically following the 10% rule, but what I have trouble with is the “run less” I’m having some knee issues now and trying to keep my mileage low, but I really want to run!!!


Sarah L March 14, 2013 at 4:20 pm

I love cleaning the kitchen as well! And hate hate mopping. And the bathrooms. And laundry.

I’m in a phase of building my base right now. I’m part of a running group, so my coach has been prescribing my increases for mileage. It’s been interesting the way that I’ve built. I will do X number of miles for 3-4 weeks, then have a down week where I drop 5 miles, and then the next week I add 10 miles. Definitely a slow way to add mileage, but has really helped my body adjust to new mileage!


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