My Half Marathon Journey: Part 10

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Follow along with me as I share my half marathon journey – I’ll be running my second half in Pittsburgh on SUNDAY! (Enter disclaimer text)

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If I had a penny for every time I’ve squealed that “It’s Marathon Week”, I’d be a rich woman.

You guys. It’s Marathon Week (squeal!).

This journey has been a good one. It’s been mentally and physically tough and rewarding, as a run like this should be. It’s brought me to tears of pain and tears of joy. It’s shown me just how much love abounds in my life. And it’s got me back on track to be a healthy mama to my kids (again).

Sunday is about more than the run. It’s about believing in myself and knowing that I didn’t do this alone. It is totally a God thing.

Training Plan Status

Sunday 4/30: Rest, which meant lots of time in the hammock and listening to the rain (later in the day).

Monday 5/1: What things are ahead for me must be amazing. The heat was there, I mean THERE. It had to have been mid-70s and I just couldn’t breathe, but dang did I run. I didn’t believe my MapMyRun or my FitBit, but both matched and this run had me feeling all the things great about Pittsburgh running. Distance: 3 miles Pace: 12’25” per mile

Tuesday 5/2: Tapering is no fun but NEEDED. I did a 5-4-3-2-1 HITT with Arianna and felt so lame. But right. Can that make sense?

Wednesday 5/3: Another Wednesday run that proves all the other runs wrong. The temperature was perfect for my asthma. I felt like I was just out for a casual stroll, not even a jog. Just before mile one (at 30th street), I looked up and saw a Pittsburgh Marathon van driving “the course”. I got giddy, thinking maybe they were invading my run, asking me to be an official blogger for the Pittsburgh Marathon for 2018, or maybe asking me to share my running story with them on the highlights with UPMC. When they kept going, I sighed a small bit of relief because while being one of their official bloggers is a goal for me, busting my butt to decrease my pace was a goal, too! Then my phone said “1 mile complete. Time, 11’22 per mile” and I about fell over. No way. Yes way. AHHHH! The amazingness of this run continued, even with an increase in pace as my path went through the Strip district and I had to wait for cars and other pedestrians. In the end, it was my best training run. Distance: 3 miles Pace: 11’55” per mile

Thursday 5/4: Again, tapering, so no YFit. I went to the Y and did 10 minutes on the treadmill at a slow walk with a 45-second 10’54” run every 2 minutes. Next, I did some YFit moves with really super light weights. When Greg got back from his last run before he does the Relay, I called my gym time done.

Friday 5/5: Here we are. The end of my training. I did a shakeout run this morning in the rain. I felt like a slow motion running scene in a movie, ridiculous but what I needed. It was slow, but the pace I need to be at or under on Sunday. Distance: 1.31 miles Pace: 13’12” per mile

Current Progress

February Miles (follow me on Nike+): 35.91
February Average Pace: 13’32”

March Miles: 60.05
March Average Pace: 13’21”

April Miles: 60.12
April Average Pace: 13’15”

May Miles: 7.33
May Average Pace: 12’29”

Current Projected Finish Time at May Pace: 2:43 (-10 minutes from my 2013 pace of 13:13 / 2:53)
Current Projected Finish Time average of all training (13’10”): 2:52’48” (-12 seconds from my 2013 pace of 13:13 / 2:53)

What’s coming up next? Packet pickup and Expo, resting tomorrow/work Marathon dinner, then THE BIG DAY.


If you’re running in the 2017 Pittsburgh Marathon events, let me know. Be sure to follow along on my social media – I’ll be using #fitmomintheremaking #pghmarathon and #runpgh with my shares!

Read the rest of this series:

My Half Marathon Journey: Part 1 (March 3)

My Half Marathon Journey: Part 2 (March 10)

My Half Marathon Journey: Part 3 (March 17)

My Half Marathon Journey: Part 4 and 5 (March 31)

My Half Marathon Journey: Part 6 (April 7)

My Half Marathon Journey: Part 7 (April 14)

My Half Marathon Journey: Part 8 (April 21)

My Half Marathon Journey: Part 9 (April 29)

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