What I learned? It’s really fun becoming a charity runner! Registration for the Pittsburgh Marathon opened about 2 weeks ago and I couldn’t figure out how I wanted to celebrate since it’s the 10 year anniversary of the race. At first, I thought that I would run the full marathon. Of the four full marathons I’ve done so far, I have not run in Pittsburgh. For some reason, I just couldn’t bring myself to sign up for winter marathon training this year. However, I did decide to sign up and raise funds for the light of life ministry. They are a local organization providing food, shelter, woman’s care and recovery programs to support the Pittsburgh homeless population.
To kick off my campaign, I’m looking for 50 friends to donate $10. In exchange for this, once I reach 50 donors, I will raffle off two $25 gift cards (2 winners, each winner will win one $25 giftcard). For every $5 you donate, I’ll give you 1 entry in to the raffle. I’ll keep track of the donations on the back end.
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Planned: Rest Day » Actual: Cross Training
It was really hot and humid today so I went to the gym instead of going to the track for my workout. I did the usual, 50 minutes on the elliptical and my strength training circuit.
Planned: Track Workout » Actual: Off
I’m taking today off so that I can rest my legs in anticipation of tomorrow’s workout! I also found out today that my application to be a sweat pink ambassador was approved today! I’m really excited about getting connected with this community and working with brand marketing.
Planned: Cross Training » Actual: Track workout
After work, I went to the track for my 8 x 400 meter workout. It was finally a cooler evening with low humidity and I was really excited for that! After a 1 mile warm-up + a dynamic warm-up, we started in with the repeats. My goal was 1:42 for each lap.
Actual: 1:41, 1:36, 1:40, 1:40, 1:41, 1:39, 1:40, 1:42, 1:35
On my last lap, I wanted to give it everything that I had. I was really excited to see that split! Mentally, I love doing 400’s. I can commit to pushing pretty hard for 1 lap around the track.
Today, I also announced that I decided to join the Oiselle Volee team! I love their clothing, what the company stands for, and I am so excited to meet more of the ladies on this team!
Planned: Tempo Work » Actual: 4 miles Easy Effort
This ended up as a negative splits run. Maybe not really an easy effort but not a medium effort either. The best part about this run is that it was starting from a local brewery and there was a food truck waiting for us when we returned! The Blue Sparrow truck was waiting with its globally inspired fare. I got the Bahn Mi and Hubs got the Ramen Burger. Soo good! If it wasn’t dark in the brewery, I would had taken pics to share with you.
Planned: Rest Day » Actual: Rest Day
Tonight, I had a coffee date planned with one of my really good friends from college. She also has her own business and we not only used the time to catch up but to talk business strategy and marketing. It was so much fun. I have been blessed to have such a wonderfully supportive and encouraging group of friends. It’s so nice to have people with similar goals because they understand what you are working towards on a deeper level.
Planned: Long Run » Actual: Run Around the Square 5k
My goal for today was to run the race at an 8 minute average pace. We did our usual warm-up, got a picture with the SCRR group and then went to the start line. The first half to ¾ of a mile was on a bumpy brick road which lead right in to the trails at Frick Park. Mile 1 was marked with a beer and champagne stop. We went up a small hill and then past the tennis courts. Then, we went down the road for a short section and back to the trails. This part was another hill for maybe a half mile. Luckily, once you got to the top you had a beautiful downhill for about a half mile to the finish line!
This was a great race! A lot of crowd support, bands along the street, food, beer, and Italian ice at the finish line. If you have not run this race in the past, you need to put it on your radar for next year.
Between the hills and humidity, I fell off pace in the second mile. Overall, I clocked in at an 8:27 pace (26:11). I felt like I gave everything I had today, so I was happy with that time.
Planned: Cross Training » Actual: Cross Training
I woke up this morning with allergy symptoms…not sure where that came from. I plan on doing my workout later today and it will be some combination of running, using the elliptical, and strength training. My to do list for the day also includes meal prep, blog prep and checking in with my run coaching clients. All of the weekend basics!
And with that, I’m half way through my training for the 5k. I almost can’t believe it! I’ve really enjoyed changing things up this cycle to add in some harder workouts and some speed work. My plan is to keep this up over the winter in hopes of another spring 5k PR.
Meal Prep Inspirations
Breakfast: Protein Hemp Oatmeal. I’m going to prep this out today and portion it into containers for the week. Then, in the mornings, it will just be heat and eat!
Snack: 2 hard boiled eggs with an apple
Lunch: Kung Pao Chicken Meatballs with roasted zucchini and rice. I just love these meatballs. They are on a regular rotation for lunches.
Dinner: Salmon with Avocado Salsa
Sharing the Love
What is your fall goal this year? Have you ever been a charity runner?