Hello there! It’s so nice to be back with the weekly wrap this week after taking some time off for the holidays. I still haven’t been consistent over the last week with my workouts but I did make it to the gym for some cardio sessions and strength training.
In case you missed it last week, I posted about picking your training goals to meet your upcoming racing goals. This spring and summer, I’ll be running 6 half marathons. One of those as many of you know is the Glass City Half marathon which I am a race ambassador. This is base building time for me and many other spring halfer’s as training won’t officially kick off until February.
I’m really looking forward to sharing this race journey through my weekly wrap sessions. In my 2018 goals post, I shared my racing goals for 2018. One of those goals is to run a sub 1:55 half marathon. We’ll see if I can hit that in the spring. As you know, I’ve taken what I feel is a lot of time off this winter because I went straight in to hibernation mode with this weather.
After taking a few weeks off, I was almost afraid to jump back in. What if I couldn’t maintain the pace that I hoped? Not that sitting on my butt would help me achieve that but I just couldn’t bring myself to hit the treadmill. Today, I went to the kick off run with the Steel City Road Runners and P3R. I managed 6 miles at a 9:35 pace. Given the weather and some of the street conditions, I was very pleased with that.
Today gave me the kick in the pants that I needed to get back in to regular training. Being a pacer for SCRR, I know that there are other people out there counting on me to show up and run at the pace so they can meet their goals. I also think that running with others is just easier. I can turn my mind off and just go. So here’s to my new beginning! Let’s get back to training.
The Nugget of Wisdom
You need to have a purpose behind what you are doing. If there isn’t any purpose, there won’t be enough motivation to get up and show up every day. For me right now, my purpose is helping others meet their goals. Come February, I’ll step my game up during the week so that I can also achieve my own goals. I also, have made a deal with a running friend to give up pacing on a race that I normally pace so I can get myself a new PR. I haven’t run a PR in that distance since 2014 when I decided to run with my pacer friend on a whim.
Pittsburgh Marathon Training Kick Off Run
This run was actually rescheduled from yesterday and I could not have been happier! It was about 12 or 15 degrees when we started running today but with the sun out, it was tolerable. They had a really nice setup, as always! Brook’s was on-sight with a first look at the new Pittsburgh marathon Launch’s. Dick’s sporting goods was there with giveaways. The P3R store was set up and there was plenty of food and coffee on hand! Thankfully this year, they had a heated tent so you could stay warm before and after the run.
We ran a 4 mile loop to the North Shore and a 2 mile loop through the city and the Strip District. Those that were completing 8 miles continued for an out and back on the Heritage Trail for the last two miles. One of the best perks of training with SCRR is that they offer on course water stops. In this case, the loops offered a chance to catch a quick drink before heading back out for a few miles. If you are in the area and haven’t checked them out yet, please join us for a run to check things out! You can swing by as a drop in at any time. If you choose to sign up, the perks of membership far outweigh the costs. Have any questions, just ask!
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What are your training goals for this spring?