Training Tuesday: The Half-termath

Three weeks have flown by in the time since the 2019 DICK’S Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon weekend of events and although my duties as an official blogger for them are over, I’m still singing the praises of the event and the time my family had there. Does that mean I’ve been running? Well, that’s why you’re reading, right? This post contains affiliate links – if you click through to Amazon and shop there, as an Amazon Associate I earn a commisison at no extra charge to you. 

Missed my wrap-up? It’s in a three-part series starting here

Training Tuesday: The Half-termath

After we completed all the fun of ‘marathon weekend’, the family and I packed up the van in front of the Omni William Penn (which BTW – thanks to all of you readers and runners, I got to stay in as a prize, THANK YOU!) and hit 279 headed for I-80 and Wisconsin Dells (one of our top vacation spots). We didn’t make it far.

I was wrapped in ice and trying to enjoy my Starbucks when I sniffed the air and smelled something burning. We thought that our oil change on Wednesday had taken care of this issue (oil built up on a gasket), but nope. I asked Greg if he could confirm my thoughts and he said yes…so I brought up a battery light issue Arianna had mentioned over the weekend. Basically, our alternator was shot and we needed to get off the road ASAP or it could have ended badly.

But we had worked so hard to get to this vacation – we both have been working basically non-stop without a real “no stress” vacation – you know, one where both adults love what they do and aren’t job hunting/studying for exams/having to be on call just in case something goes wrong at work. There was NOTHING we had to do but relax and enjoy family time. Nothing.

So I quickly searched for the lowest priced rental vehicle I could find at the Pittsburgh Airport and we turned Waze’s route from Christmas Mountain Village to the Enterprise Rental desk. Our van would sit at the airport until we got back with a tow truck a week later and we loaded all of our luggage (way too much, we pack the kitchen sink) into a rental Suburban (aka my dream vehicle) and finally hit the road.

I wasn’t feeling getting any workouts in over vacation. My knee hurt from the running and travel and I just wanted to relax, so I did. Once we got home and had to deal with getting back to work, I decided to do some old Bob Harper DVD‘s and walk from the parking garage to work (1 mile) on the nice mornings. I just wasn’t ready to run again.

Then last Tuesday I visited the orthopedic surgeon praying with everything I had in me that they’d approve an MRI. Nope. This girl has arthritis. That’s what held me back! But friends – I won’t sugar coat it. It’s A LOT of arthritis and it is painful – I’m not being a wuss or trying to say that being cautious wasn’t smart. I just have had a lot of trauma to my right knee (four skin-breaking falls that I can remember) and am getting older. It’s my new reality!

So, I basked in that and finally cleaned up my Altras and headed out to the trail on Thursday evening. It was HOT, I’d worked and had a long week (windows replaced in the whole house, Marathon Volunteer Appreciation event/Pirate game, worship practice) BUT I FELT SO GOOD. I even pulled off a 30 second negative split from mile 1 to mile 2. I’m totally going the Galloway method for awhile! 

This new reality is paying off. Being back to working out for two weeks and solid keto eating (though I did NOT restrict myself on Sunday) and I see and feel a difference.

What’s Next?

You didn’t think I was giving up, did you? HA! No way. I was waiting to hear the results from my appointment last week, but I think that my summer/fall will include:

What are you looking for as your next (or maybe even first!!!) running event?

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