Sunday, April 13, 2014

Pittsburgh Half Marathon Training: Week Nine

Happy end of the week everyone! Hopefully your training week has been awesome. If your running the Pittsburgh Marathon, start enjoying your taper!

I decided not to taper for the half this time. My body never responds well to tapering, so I'm giving it a shot. Plus, it gives me an extra week to get my longest run in. Trust me, after this week, I really am glad I have that bonus week! 

Also, there is still time to enter my Running on the Wall giveaway! Enter here!

The theme of this week was Spring Has Sprung. If you live in any of the Eastern States, you know exactly what I am talking about.

My Monday Motivation was absolutely spot on for the week that was to come. 

I woke up Monday morning feeling terrible. My allergies were at about 110%. I was coughing all night and my throat was killing me. I pumped through some allergy meds and relaxed. Pretty good rest day.

Tuesday was a modified track day. I still wasn't feeling 100% and was going to do a tempo run on the treadmill. When I left work I felt a little better, so I decided to give it a shot outside. I'm really glad I did. I had some great splits (9:26 8:45 8:24 8:32 9:49) and towards the end I couldn't breathe from my allergies. 

I took it really easy after that. Got myself some breadsticks, made up some Nuun and enjoyed my new Runners World with my girl Shalane on the cover! 

Wednesday was a whole lot of the same. Might as well run through it. After the winter we had, I cannot let this nice weather go to waste! 

Sometimes you just gotta rock the pink and let your body do what it wants to. Apparently it felt good enough for a kick ass run! I completely forgot to look at my watch for my relay split, but that's alright. It was a great run all together. 

Thursday and Friday were two completely different stories on how the body felt. I actually left work two hours early on Thursday. I couldn't take the foggy feeling anymore. Friday I broke down and took Benadryl. Thankfully hubby and Dangle took great care of me. 

Saturday it was really foggy outside! It was going to get warm quick, so I got out of the house a little earlier than I wanted to. I was supposed to do my long run, but I still wasn't feeling right. I looked at my training and I still needed a five mile run this week. Perfect. I can manage that. 

I got out to the trail and took it super easy. Coughing the entire way was horrible. I could not wait for my watch the chirp that I was done. When I saw the average pace, I couldn't believe it. I felt like I was going so slow. I guess I really am improving! 

A friend of mine was running her first ever 10K Sunday morning at North Park, so I asked her if she would mind if we went out early so I could get my long run in. She was fine with it so off we went. 

My race top came in the mail the other day and I really wanted to give the whole outfit a test. It was 54 degrees at 7am, which is pretty close to average for the first week of May. Awesome. 

We got to North Park, got her race packet and I was off. We parked in a different location than I normally do, which was actually kind of fun. I really did not want to push it, since I was still coughing. 

My first five mile loop was around 45 minutes. Felt really comfortable. I stopped to see my friend and she was feeling good. I told her I would be back before she started to wish her good luck. 

Started the second loop and still was feeling really good. I had zero desire to take an energy gel, which was really cool. I did start feeling a blister form on the bottom of my foot around mile nine. I quickly finished up. Wished my friend good luck and got my shoe off. 

Yep, blister. Crap. Nothing big, just annoying enough. 

I still haven't even looked at my watch. Sub 1:30 10 miles!! Better yet, completely comfortable 10 miles!! North Park has much more hills than the actual race course, so for this to feel this good was an awesome accomplishment. 

Plus my friend did awesome in her first 10K and I'm really proud of her! 

I had a 25 mile week, which is awesome, and I hit 25% of my goal for the year!! 

So, even though I felt like death for most of the week, the race does not wait. I powered through and feel tons better for doing so! 

Has your training been affected by the change in seasons? How have you adjusted your training to adapt?


  1. I am with you on not really tapering this year. My gut is telling me not too since it never goes well when I do. Looks like you had another good week, only 3 more weeks!!

  2. Way to go, nice run!

    I thought my allergies were acting up, then I got full blown sick! Boo. I'm supposed to run a HM on Sunday, (its the Boston Trail HM near McKeesport, in case you want your long run to be a HM on a flat, crushed limestone, trail. Sorry, I'm a bad influence), so I'm hoping that I get better quickly.

    Congrats to your friend!