My Half Marathon Journey: Part 6

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Follow along with me as I share my half marathon journey – I’ll be running my second half in Pittsburgh this May – with weekly updates. (Enter disclaimer text)

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Whoa, buddy. This has been a week. It’s probably the most emotional week yet in terms of beating myself up for timing. Perspective, I need to keep in mind the bigger picture.

Training Plan Status


Saturday 4/1: I will probably never do a “hey it’s raining and not my day to train” run again, at least not until after race day. Pulling off an 8-miler after a cold, rainy run the day before just didn’t feel great. Set the headphones on medium, the prayers on high, and might have cried a bit during this one. In the end, I was pretty consistent with my (crappy for me at this point in training) pace. Two of the miles took over 14 minutes – GAH. The final, right in my sweet spot for race day, was 12’57”. Sometimes we need these runs, eh? Distance: 8 miles Pace: 13’38”

Sunday 4/2: Rested it up.

Monday 4/3: Today I ran off some frustration around coordinating all the things for kids’ activities. First mile was definitely in anger, logging a 12’55”. After that, I slowed it down and listened to my shin. Ouch.  Distance: 3 miles Pace: 13’15”

Tuesday 4/4: YFit. It was a birthday WOD for Chris, and I’m so glad for it. With 400’s and 49 reps, this one burned in all the right ways. Sadly, I couldn’t do the weighted step-ups on the box and had to revert to the metal dowel-rod type bar for the last set of hang cleans because my shin was just done. Done.

Wednesday 4/5: This run about did me in with the trail. My gut told me not to go past the sewage plant toward Ford City, so instead I ran along some businesses, tried to navigate the FLOODED park sidewalks and stopped for at least two minutes at the Market-and-Water intersection. I was not happy and I should have been. That sun! That sweat! (That sunscreen in my eyeballs…) Lessons learned, yo. Distance: 3 miles Pace: 13’27”

Thursday 4/6: Rested vs. cross-training. Tara prayed for my shin at Women’s Ministries and it felt amazing – I wasn’t about to risk it. Good choice! This is about way more than the run.

Friday 4/7: Resting again today unless I decide to put things together to co-sign.

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: 14 
April Average Pace: 13’31” (+10 seconds last week)
Current Projected Finish Time: 2:57 (+4 minutes from 2013 pace of 13:13 / 2:53)

What’s coming up next? 9 miles tomorrow!

HELP ME! Thinking about buying this compression sock for my shin – thoughts?


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)

Read other Pittsburgh Running Blogs through Steff’s linkup: Run Steff Run

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