Sunday, April 27, 2014

Pittsburgh Half Marathon Training: Week 11

This is it! The last full week of training! I've got to be honest, the time has flown by! It seems like just yesterday I was worried about how my foot would hold up through a 12-week training!

Even though I am not tapering, I did decide to cut down to three full workouts this week. My shoes have a lot of miles on them and I can start to feel the end. 

So Marathon Monday did not disappoint. I'm forever on Team Shalane since we are about the same human. You know, minus the blazing speed. I taped the race and watched it when I got home from work. Thanks to Twitter, I knew exactly what happened, but I still wanted to watch. I'm so happy for Meb, he ran an amazing race! I didn't need any extra motivation for the week, Boston was perfect. 

Tuesday was supposed to be my last track workout, but the high school kids had a meet. I decided to do a modified five mile tempo run. What on earth was I doing? I wanted to run the first and last miles faster than the middle three. 

First mile, the wind was so bad it blew my pony tail out! As I'm running, I'm fixing my hair and I still managed a sub 8 minute mile. I slowed it down for the next three which included me learning the hard way that they are paving the road for a mile stretch. I also fell flat on my face, almost. My watch went off for the end of mile four and I kicked it up. I felt like I was going fast, and I was. 7:32 final mile. Heck yes! My relay split was 38:51, my fastest yet! I had zero pain in my foot. Great run. 

I took my mid week rest day on Wednesday and came home to my new shoes! The Mizuno Wave Rider 17. 

Not going to lie, I have been debating about these shoes since last year. Getting into marathon training, I'm going to need something a little more than my Wave Sayonara's. They had to be hidden though, no new shoes until after the race! 

I also got the amazing news that I was chosen to be a Sweat Pink ambassador! I've been following Fit Approach for a while now and I am super excited that they allowed me to join! 

Thursday was a horrible day at work. I knew I needed my run. Hubby's birthday is coming up, and I knew I did not have the time this weekend! 

I sucked it up and got back out there. Discovered that my "I feel like I'm crawling" pace is now 8:44. Why is that significant? During my training for my half PR, back in 2012, my comfortable pace was 8:48. Hey, four seconds are four seconds! 

Friday and Saturday were spent with the birthday boy. Our loved ones really take a back seat sometimes, so I wanted to give him all of my attention. We had a great two days. 

Coach Jeff and I decided we were going to run together on Sunday morning. I told him we were going SLOW! This was just for miles, and to be honest, I haven't had a long slow run all training. He said we could do that. 

Jeff decided we were going to run 10 miles and aim for a 9:30 pace. When we finished a mile, we would walk for 50 seconds, to keep our legs fresh. Alright. I'm in for anything. 

We had a great run. It was nice to chat and catch up. When we finished our run, he turned to me and said "You feel good? You will have no problem breaking a two hour half". Great pep talk. 

Jeff volunteered at the finish line in Boston, so we spent some time looking over pictures. It was really cool. 

When I get home, I open my email and saw that I had been accepted as a Girls Gone Sporty ambassador! I am on Team Stellar and I can't wait to connect with everyone! Seriously! This has been a pretty awesome week! 

Next week is race week!!! I will have two five mile runs on Tuesday and Wednesday. That's it. The 5K is on Saturday and Half on Sunday! I hope to finally get to connect with some of you guys! 

How do you come to grips with the end of a training cycle? 


  1. Your new Riders are gorgeous. Love the neon!

  2. Do you love your Rogas the most?

    We need to find a place to meet at the Pgh 5K, whether it's before or after.

  3. I'm so glad you got the wave riders! I think you will really love them as a different option to your sayonaras!