Monday, April 17, 2017

Pittsburgh Marathon Training - Week Six

It's peak week!! I had a talk with myself that this week would be about distance, not time. I had over 40 miles planned for this week and I knew the only way my mind would be able to focus was by distance.

Monday I went back to the eye doctor. Let me tell you, this appointment was MUCH different from my first one. It appears I was correct and had some crazy reaction to the eye drops I was prescribed. This made the swelling worse and was a huge reason why I was dealing with so much pain. The problem still is we can't tell where the swelling is coming from. If it's from one part of my eye or deeper. So, how do we get the swelling to go down? I got put back up on the high dosage of medication and took a shot to the eye ball. Yep, you heard that right. A shot to my eye ball.

I felt like I got punched in the face, and looked like it. I am so glad I did it. I've finally been sleeping and the pain isn't nearly as bad. I go back the day after the Pittsburgh Marathon to hopefully be able to tell where the swelling is coming from.

Thank you all so much for reaching out to me. I really appreciate all of it!

Okay, so Tuesday I met with Crystal to run an easy loop around North Park. She is new to the blogging world and wanted to chat it out. Plus, I wanted to learn all about her. What better way to learn about someone than run five miles together and just beat a downpour!

Wednesday I realized I missed the last day of the Rock 'n' Roll Marathon Virtual Run for the gramophone and it was time to start for the boombox. AND I had my Chicks On A Run Four Miler. So, I decided to split my 10 miler up in to three virtual runs! It was such a beautiful day I was so happy my body cooperated and let me enjoy it! It ended up being 10.2 miles total!

Thursday was a rough day. I was in a lot of body pain and just was not having it. This happened the last time I was on this high of dosage of the medication and it sucked the second time around as much as the first. So I rested and ate some pie. No regrets.

Friday I felt better, but still not 100%. I was happy for an easy six miles with some more beautiful weather.

When I run this route I pass by the Pittsburgh Marathon office. The race cars were out and I had to stop and take a pictures. I love seeing them around town this time of year. It makes things so much more real!

Saturday was rest day, but my black and gold PRO Compression socks came and I freaked out! I saw someone wearing them earlier in the day and I got excited for the race all over again!

Okay, Sunday was the day! 20 miler coming up! I packed everything I needed the night before. I even packed some extras because there was a chance of rain.

My first three miles felt terrible. My left leg hated me and I thought it was going to be a LONG DAY. As soon as I hit the 5k mark everything went away. It's like it never happened. Running man, it has a mind of its own. After that point I had a beautiful run. It was warm, but not unbearable. I only had to stop to pee twice, which is really good for me. When I was finished, I felt great. Nothing hurt, I could have kept going. I gave myself a fist pump and welcomed myself to the taper! I finished at the exact pace I wanted to run, and missed the rain!

Weekly Total: 41.2 miles
April Total: 64.4 miles
2017 Total: 417.8 miles

I can't believe the taper is here! I am excited. That's the best way to describe it. Hopeful might be a better word. There are so many races in the next few weeks that I'm excited for everyone! Especially those in Boston. I hope you all have the magical race you deserve. I'll be sending all of my love up north for sure!

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How was peak week for you? Are you ready to taper?


  1. You CRUSHED that 20 miler, did you do it ALL around the Lake Loop? I think I would have died from boredom! How do you use the Mountain Dew? Drink it during? Before? After?

    1. Yep. Four lake loops! I really don't mind it because I switch directions. The Mountain Dew is for after. Because I deserve it lol.

  2. Yikes, that shot to the eyeball made me cringe, but I'm so glad that you are feeling better!!

    Great job on the mileage this week, including yor awesome 20 miler!

  3. Awesome job on peak week! That socks are absolutely adorable. I have never worn compression sleeves (I have the short socks based on your suggestion a long time ago) but may just have to order these! But oh...a shot to your eye??? I cannot imagine. Hugs for enduring that, and glad it's better. Happy taper after a great training cycle!

    1. They are so cute! Use promo code PRO17 for 40% off!
      Don't worry, I wasn't very brave. I went white and started to panic.

  4. Great job Steff! That 20 miles is always such a mental hurdle for me and you did so awesome. Way to go!

    1. Thanks Gretchen! This was the first one I've done solo in almost three years! I was shocked how good it felt!