I failed miserably. After making it about 8-9 miles, it started raining, I became exhausted, and had to walk the final mile back to the car. The next time I attempted a double-digit run, I decided to go for broke and ran a full half-marathon on the very same trail a few weeks later. It wasn't pretty but I traversed the distance and got the job done. Since then, I've likely had dozens, if not 100+ double-digit runs...but they still seem challenging.
Today, I had my first double-digit run of the 2017 Pittsburgh Marathon training cycle. While eventually 10 miles will be the sign of an "easy" week, it was about all I could handle today. Maybe it was the sudden cold, or the fact that I'm finally ramping up the miles for the first time in a year, or the fact that I didn't like waking up before 9am on a Saturday, but regardless, it's been a lazy afternoon as I limped around to recover. I think it's just a reminder that while some things may get more common over time, there's some tasks and challenges that really never get any easier. It takes the same level of dedication and pain-tolerance every time. As for today...it's time to go eat more food. The true highlight of a double-digit mileage run is that your day gets started -1500 calories in the hole.