On Monday I started my new job at the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown as the Director of the Wellness Center. It was a crazy week trying to figure everything out and getting started. I am still very green but I will hopefully fit in very well. The Center is new and I am the first Director. It is a little disorganized now but I hope to get everything in order. It is also hard because there is only two weeks left of classes and then one week of finals before summer hours begin.
I did get most of my running. On Friday I was suppose to do 7 miles but only did 5 miles. Yesterday (Saturday), was my long run. I had 20 miles scheduled. I hate numbers right now so I figured I would do 3 hours. I did fine but after the run has been hard. I tweaked my left knee. It has been sore ever since. No idea what I did. After I stopped running my knee started bothering me. I have elevated, iced, heated, and took some Tylenol. I may take it very easy this week with little exercise and what I do is very low impact. A little nervous having this injury at the end of the training. My knee is not really swollen but still not feeling very good.
One problem for my knee is I have not really rested my knee. I have played golf the past two days and went for walk. I really need to take it easy.
The final round of the Masters was today. I am a huge golf fan. It was a great tournament with a great finish. I am also excited because the next Major I will be in attendence. I am going to the U.S. Open at Congressional in June. I will be on site Wednesday for the practice round and Thursday for the first round.
I am hoping for a good week with a quick recovery of my knee!
The last two weeks have been crazy. I ran a 30K, finished one job, went on a mini-vacation to Washington D.C., started a new job. It has been crazy but fun.
Last Thursday (March 31), I finished my job as the Health and Wellness Director at the Penn Hills YMCA. I then moved some stuff back to Johnstown so that night I could go to a local musical and out with some friends. The next morning I did a run and then traveled to Washington D.C. for the weekend. I went to visit a close friend and see the cherry blossoms. I then came back to Johnstown to start my new job. My first day was yesterday (April 4). The first week as with all jobs is just getting to know the place. I took a position wit the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown as the Director of the Wellness Center.
I have been able to run. On Saturday morning I was able to run through D.C. for y 8 mile run. I got to run by all the monuments and the cherry blossoms before the craziness of the tourists began. It was a beautiful morning for a run. It was fun to do a run in a different city. Not the same old run. That afternoon, I got to spend some time with a very close friend who took me around the cherry blossoms, Georgetown, Union Station, and many stops in between. We walked everywhere. Loved being able to walk everywhere. We had to do some dodging of the weather. One minute it would be sunny and beautiful, then the next wind, rain, hail. It was crazy. A little cool but not too bad. Sunday was my rest day. I spent the morning in D.C. and then headed home.
My first day of work was good. Just learning the ropes. I was able to run yesterday evening in the new Wellness Center. The weather here has been crazy too. Yesterday was warm and then had some storms. Today is cold with a lot of winda nd snow. You never know with this weather.
The semester at UPJ is winding down. Not too much to plan for right now but I will soon be getting ready for the summer and then the fall rush. Just getting my feet wet before really getting into the work thing.
I continue to rack up the miles. I did a 30k race over the weekend. Despite the calendar saying it is spring, there was not spring in the air. The temperature was more appropriate for the end of February not the end of March. When I started the race the temperature was around 25 degrees. Not that warm. All the race I completed this year so far were down at or below freezing. That is crazy to me. I am not a cold weather person so for me to run these races in freeze temperatures is pretty amazing.
I did the 30k a part of the Just A Short Run. They offered several different distances to run and the 30k was the longest. The race was held in North Park just north of Pittsburgh. I did my previous race at North Park as well. The race course started and ended at the same place. I did the lake loop again but in reverse. The race started a little different with a 3.5 run through some other areas of the park and then to the loop. I would not call this course flat. There is so decent hills especially at the beginning leg and the loops have some good rolls. I feel that this was a good race for a warm-up to the Pittsburgh Marathon.
I am sore today. Not bad enough I cannot walk but enough that I feel sore especially in my buttocks and calves. I hate the hours after races. I feel terrible, and there is little that makes me feel comfortable. I am not a napper. I always try to take a nap, and it never works. I did go to bed early. I woke up at a normal time but I feel sluggish today. I hope tomorrow I feel refreshed and ready to go.
This is going to be a crazy week. It is my last week at the Penn Hills YMCA. I finish my duties at the YMCA on Thursday. On Thursday evening I am going to my old high school's musical, Godspell. On Friday, I leave for Washington D.C. for the weekend to go to the Cherry Blossom Festival. Then on Monday I start my new job. A lot happening in a short amount of time. I am glad this is rest week. I have some extra rest days and shorter runs. Good for me.
I have big news...I accepted a new job. I will be the Director of the Wellness Center at the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown. I am very excied to be starting a new endeavor. I will begin my new position April 4. I am very excited and cannot wait to get started. I will be at the YMCA until the end of the month.
I had a long run of 14 miles this week. I probably ran between 14 and 15 miles. The weather was great on Saturday for a run. I was nervous at the end of the week because we had a small winter storm come in. I was afraid there would be some snow and ice on the ground during the run but the roads were clear. It was a little windy but not too bad. I just got a hydration belt for running but I did not wear it. I should have but I do not like the feeling around my waist. It feels very heavier. I did put the belt in a place where I would be near a couple of times during the run.
This week will mark two months until the marathon. Crazy! I am on my way but still feel nervous. I am definitely getting ready to finish this training but most keep going.
I decided to use a 20 week training plan for the Pittsburgh Marathon. January 27 was my first day of training. On Saturday January 1, I completed my first week of training . I am very excited to get started. Some of my runs are currently being completed on the treadmill. I would rather be outside since the race is outside but I will do whatever I can to get my runs in. The tough part for me about doing the runs on the treadmill is that I have to use the treadmill where I work. Not an ideal situation because I am regularly interrupted. I really want to yell some days, "Do you mind? Do I interrupt your workouts?" But I don't. For example, Wednesday I was trying to complete a 40 minute run and it took me about three interruptions to finally get it in. Everything that could go wrong, did go wrong. I ended up doing 22 minutes, then 5 minutes, and finally 15 minutes. It was not pretty but I got my time in. On Friday, I was in my hometown of Johnstown, PA. We had a wonderful day. Warm and sunny for the end of 2010. I was able to run my 3 miles outside. On Saturday I started my New Year with a 5 mile run. When I started it was warm but overcast. Within my first five minutes, the rain began. The rain stopped only when I was finished. Go figure. It still was nice to run outside. Plus it was more of a light drizzle so no big problem.
This week will be my first challenge in my training. I don't have a big amout of miles to put in but I am going out of town to New York City from Friday to Sunday. I may not get my short mileage in on Friday but I should be able to get the long run in on Saturday morning. I may do the other small run Sunday morning and take the rest day on Friday. The big problem on Friday is I start travelling early Friday morning and then on the go the rest of the day. I do not think I will have a lot of time. I am try to get the run in before I leave Friday morning. The weather does not look good but the local YMCA opens at 4:45 so I am go down there.
Ready for the challenge of the week.
I hope everyone had a great New Year. I am excited to start 2011. The first thing that I hope happens is a new job. I am in line for a new job and I really hope it goes my way. FIngers crossed .