The post below is part of a series of posts about the DICK’S Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon weekend of events for which I have been selected to be a 2019 Pittsburgh Marathon official blogger. I’ve received my race registration fee in exchange for promotion of the event. All opinions are 100% my own.
I apparently thought that last week just didn’t exist because not only did I think we were already 12 weeks away and I needed to really dive into training for the Dick’s Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon weekend of events but I totally forgot to share with you!
Ok, being honest, I really didn’t want last week to exist, I’ll get that off my chest first. The day after my last training post, it was minus two and I was frantically re-booking a flight to Raleigh and just made it so that I could get to go live week — aka the week that my 2nd Salesforce “Baby” was decommissioned and replaced with someone else’s parenting. Sigh. But that’s the nature of my job as a Salesforce Consultant and I was actually pretty excited to be doing the work, sad as it was.
January 28 – February 3: The Week That Wasn’t
Take some time for you, my boss said as she wished me luck on the third and final trip to Raleigh. I listened, even when it was hard.
Monday 1/28: CrossFit
I knew it would be my last WOD for a while but I was excited to get this one in. Many of my fellow Richard G Snyder YMCA evening Y-Fit crew are also taking part in the Marathon’s weekend of events (many in the relay) and so the WODs are going to have a bit of running with them from here out. This one called for 1800m but I couldn’t leave it at that and added an extra 200m to my checked off list.
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One of the hardest things I've faced since changing jobs is finding my balance again. Everytime I think I'm set, I start over. Every week…every DAY…has been new. I tackled the task of "starting over" #ontheblog yesterday for #TrainingTuesday and got back to the box for a YFit #crossfitwod on Monday. I'm going to keep moving and making positive changes and that's me living my best life. . . . @pghmarathon on May 5 will be my 5th #halfmarathon and as someone who used to only run after the ice cream truck, this is pretty big. If you are considering joining me for the weekend of @p3revents, be sure to use code WILLISDSGPM19 to save $10 off registration > I'm excited to know who is joining me on the course! #MOVEPittsburgh #ad
Tuesday 1/29: Rest …and took Arianna to see Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. It was AMAZING.
Thursday 1/31: 2.01 miles, 12’13″/mile
Settled into the Hilton Raleigh North (aka where I spent the first 6 nights of February), it was time for some me time before I started the work. I took it easy on the treadmill and was happy with a quick 2 miles before starting the day.
Friday 2/1: 1.52 miles
For some reason, I can’t really remember what I did on the treadmill but I know that something started to hurt and so I ended up running one mile and walking a half. My body knew that long days were ahead.
Sunday 2/3: 1.75 miles, 13’13″/mile
Aww, yeah! I am proud of this run. The thing is that it was uphill and followed getting less than four hours’ sleep after working 19 hours the day before. I run to Starbucks to get myself a treat and kinda-sorta got fat-shamed while I was there. Whatever. I’m proud of this one, even if someone else sees this and my latte as bad life decisions.
Go Live Week & Half-Marathon KOTR
So after my run on Sunday, I didn’t make the time I needed to at the gym but I spent a good chunk of the week working or in bed. I had a terrible time with my sinuses, celebrated the successful go-live a little too hard (grilled Nashville hot chicken, local ciders, and YES a deep fried pretzel that made me sick), and traveled to the airport twice to try to get home. I’m having some grace on myself for this week and know that this is all just part of the training.
Monday 2/4: 2.1 miles, Speed Work
The RunCoach plan called for 0.5 miles warm up, drills, 100m x3, some rounds of a run then walk, then 0.5 miles cool down. Check!
Tuesday 2/5: Walk to CVS
It was clear I was sick and I needed medicine so I took the time I had been spending at the gym to walk to get some options.
Saturday 2/9: 2.0 miles, 12’32″/mile
Part of my duties as an Official Blogger of the Pittsburgh Marathon is to attend their training events, but let me be clear, I love these events and would have gone no matter what! I fell in love with them at the Warmup on Walnut in 2013 (then again in 2014), affirmed that after my fall last year, and even in temps over 70-degrees, so it was no surprise that I would get out of bed and take on something even after 73 hours of work, little sleep, and a horribly stuffy nose.
I got to catch up with someone who was there in the room with me in 2013 when I decided to become a half-marathoner and to meet another Official Blogger IRL. We did the dynamic warmup and while I knew I probably shouldn’t have done it, I set out with the 12:00 pacer for the four-mile loop (proof is here on Cara’s Instagram, that’s me all marshmellowy bundled up there on the left). About 0.5 miles in, I let the majority of the group go around me and I started to listen to my breathing. I kept the group just ahead of me but at 1 mile turned around and headed back to starting line. Two miles was just enough for me and I got a chance to check out some of the sponsors and be part of the kickoff training run for the Half. Goal achieved!
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Yesterday I took my exhausted self to the @pghmarathon @p3revents Half Marathon #KOTR. After working 73 hours in the week + sleeping on a crazy schedule + having super stuffed sinuses, I wasn't convinced I should even have gone. But as an Official Blogger, I wanted to be part of the day and work on myself. So I joined the 4-mile 12:00 @steelcityrrc group and after one mile admitted I was too unprepared to go the full route. I turned around and paid some close attention to my breathing. It was just the balance my body needed to keep up with #halfmarathontraining. Sometimes the victory is in the stillness. #MOVEPittsburgh
And this week is already off to a good start, but you’ll have to come back next week to see how it goes.
PSST! If you’ve read this far and are ready to sign up for the Marathon or Half, make sure you do and let them know I sent you by using WILLISDSGPM19 as your code when you sign up. You’ll save $10 when you do! Register here.