Marathon Monday: Week 2 of 16

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Marathon Monday: Week 2 of 16

This week I started out incredibly motivated. We started a 10-week Weight Loss Challenge at work and it was the start of our Sales Kick-off. Required reading was “The Slight Edge“, which made me realize the dedication and drive that training for a Half Marathon brings to my life.  I won’t tell you all of it *yet* because I have a lot more to say (stay tuned).  Did it end as well? Read on to see!

Monday 1/22: 2 miles (12’42”) – This was a warm one, somewhere in the 50’s! I ran through the Strip District between SKO and our evening event at LumberJaxes. I wasn’t pressed for time, I actually had lots, but I had stood up in front of about 30 co-workers and told them my goals for the Half (a 12:12 pace). I had to do work. My first mile was just that, but as I started the 2nd, I started to feel a bit of a shin splint (I needed to bring out my new shoes), so backed off a little and just enjoyed the sun.

What shoes do you wear to run? Mine are currently Under Armour Women’s Speed Swift 2‘s (which I bought at Kohl’s, but as you can see can be bought on Amazon). I was fitted for them in 2014 and probably need to get a new fitting. But these are so comfy! 

Tuesday 1/23: Stretch. I took a .5 mile brisk walk in the cold and met a former co-worker who is also running the Half. I also did some stretching in the evening because I sat so much.

Wednesday 1/24: 2 miles (12’08”) – Oh, buddy. This run felt AMAZING. It was just about 30 degrees and at 6:00 AM. Light snow was falling through the Strip District as I ran down Penn Avenue then halfway across 31st Street Bridge (my nemesis). That pace, yo. I was motivated.

Clint & Me after the WOD

Thursday 1/25: Crossfit (scaled way back) – It was leg day, but I scaled with my pvc pipe and turned the WOD into something that worked for me. I did PVC pipe Deadlifts and Front Squats then more air squats for the Wall Balls. For the HSPU I did sit-ups and for the row I ran on the treadmill. My splits for those calories were amazing – the speed work I need to hit my 12:12 goal (or crush it) – 10:54 (34 cal), 10:00  (21 cal), 9:31 (13 cal).

Friday 1/26: Rest and Chiro – because this is important!

Saturday 1/27: 3 miles (12’41”) – This one felt so good. It was my first long run since November and truly felt right. The weather was nice and in the 40s, there may even have been a light fog on the Armstrong Trail. My shoulder hurt after, but I think that was due to the discovery of a knot just under my collarbone on Friday. Feeling like my goal is in reach!

So yes, the week ended on the same foot as it started. I am pretty proud of my progress so far and feel more like 2014 me than I have since then. Just wait until I share what happens in week three, though. Or, follow me on Instagram for a sneak peek…

January totals: 18.63 miles, 12’41” pace

Marathon Monday: Week 1 of 16

Ah! My favorite time of year is here – training season for the Pittsburgh Marathon weekend! My event is the Half Marathon and this will be my third time running it. I plan to bring you my training story over the next 16 weeks through this Marathon Monday series.

If you’d like to read more about my previous experiences, check them out here!

Marathon Monday: Week 1 of 16

Monday 1/15: 2 miles (12’36”) – This was a cold one, 7 degrees! I ran through the Strip District on my lunch hour and basically just tried to stay warm.

Tuesday 1/16: Ab Workout – I can’t believe how much my ab workout flexed my back. Ouch.

Wednesday 1/17: 2 miles (12’56”) – Slowed this one WAY down due to the snow we got. Another Strip District run to the 16th Street Bridge.

Thursday 1/18: Crossfit (scaled way back) – I’m missing my fitfam, so I went to the WOD but really scaled it. No weights, just a thick PVC pipe and some light movements / 6 200m runs. (I am under chiropractor care for issues with three of my vertebrae.)

Saturday 1/20: 2 miles (13’25”) – Eek. Snow wasn’t melted, but it was almost 50! I spent much of this run through Kittanning dodging ice.

Are you participating in 10 Years Running? What event(s) are you doing?