I ran the Pittsburgh Half Marathon this weekend. I officially switched races. I loved the race. It was very tough. My left knee did not feel good the whole race, and I had to go to the bathroom. I did my pre-race bathroom run, but I need to use the facilities during the race. I tried to stop at the first restroom area. I was next in line but the person in front of me was taking way too long. I could wait that long without risking my knee tightening up. I finally got to use the restroom around mile 8. I still had some waiting to do but not too bad.
The face support in Pittsburgh was amazing. So much fun. The bands were a great addition, and all the festivals in the neighborhoods made me keep going. I loved that the start was in the middle of downtown and the finish at the Stadiums. My favorite moment was on the North Shore with the Gospel Choir. The South Side was great with all of the people out supporting the runners. However, nothing beats the finish with Clemente Bridge and all the roads to the Finish Line filled with supporters. Thank you Pittsburgh. I will definitely be back and this time running the Full Marathon.
I was able to go to the doctor about knee. I was diagnosed with IT Band Syndrome. I had a feeling that is what the problem was but I was afraid that I might also have other underlying issues especially with my meniscus. I learned that IT Band Syndrome is caused by over training. I now have to take about 4-6 weeks off from running and high impact exercises. I was also given a topical cream for the pain. I cannot wait to get back running and running without pain.
Next time I train for a marathon I will have to look at my training. I know some of problems come from teaching a lot of group exercise classes. That should not be a problem now. I will not have to teach at all if I don't want. I also have to see maybe I should minimize my distances during the week. I also think I peaked to early for Pittsburgh. I did some of the those longer distance races in the late winter and early spring. I was not quite at those distances yet but I wanted to make sure I could run the longer distances.
I can't wait to rest today. Time to take some much needed time off. I can't wait to train for another event.
I loved that I was able to say my short run is only 6 miles this week, and then seeing the look on everyone's face. Haha. Priceless. I got my first rest week, mico-cycle week, break week, or whatever you want to call it. Also, my total miles for the week were decreased. I could feel my body needing this week. I have not had a lot of problems with mileage or long runs but I just wanted a break. I was not discouraged this week and my mental process has been very good. I feel good so far, and hope to continue with my body feeling very good.
The week has been very cold and the weather has been poor. Pittsburgh had a decent amount of snow on Thursday night and Friday morning with about 5-6 inches of snow. After the snow, extreme cold weather came into the area. Pittsburgh is definitely not hitting the freezing mark. Single digits and teens are more common highs. My longs runs are done on Saturday. I did a quick drive around my neighborhood, I was not comfortable running outside. The snow was not removed well and the snow remaining was very compacted and looked icy. I am not comfortable running outside in those conditions. Plus, at the times I was scheduled to do my runs the temperatures were around 0 with wind. I have not problems running in cold temperatures but when the wind chills are in the negatives I do not feel comfortable outside. I was lucking that I only had six miles this week. I did the run on the treadmill.
I hope for some warming temperatures this week and weekend. I always feel cold and would like to get some warmth on my body. I am ready to run some more.
Big day here in Pittsburgh: Steelers playing for the AFC championship. HERE WE GO STEELERS!
On Thanksgiving morning I ran in the 20th Annual PNC YMCA Turkey Trot (Pittsburgh, PA). The race was a cold and rainy. From the moment I woke up in the morning, the rain came down and it came down hard at points. I got to the race at 7:00am to help set up and get things ready. The pre-race e-mails stated that 4300 people signed up to run. When I first got there I was thinking we would be lucky to get 100 people. Throughout the morning I saw people come in to register but not a significant number. I helped set up the start and finish lines. The first race of the morning to start was the 1 mile fun run. Not many people showed. At about quarter till nine (the start time of the 5K and 5 mile race) all these people started flocking to the start line. I could not believe how many people showed up for the race. The ran never really stopped. At nine the race started and off I went.
My Dad came into Pittsburgh to visit and watch me run. During the course of the morning my Dad was roped into helping set up for the Turkey Trot. What a start to Thanksgiving. He thought he was in for a relaxing two days and a calm morning watching his daughter run. How was he suppose to know that clouds would open up and he would have to work.
I started my five mile race. The course was tight and there was a lot of runners. Like the beginning of a lot races the beginning of the Turkey Trot was a lot of jocking for position. I started at the end of the line so I had a lot of weaving to do. The course started at PNC Park (the baseball stadium). We circle the stadium and took a bridge into the city. We ran through the north end of the city back over the bridge to PNC Park. At the stadium the 5k and 5 mile race split and the 5 mile race went toward Heinz Field (football stadium) and the casino. My outfit for the race was my running capris, gloves, running sweatshirt and a longsleeve Under Armour shirt. During the run, I tossed my gloves. My hands get warm easily and the gloves were soaked. At first I was a little cold but as the race wore on I was warm. Plus, my clothes were very heavy from all the rain. I wanted to do was take my sweatshirt off but I knew that was not going to happen.
The race was tough especially with the conditions. Throughout the race I kept trying to push my pace. In the end, I finished just over 46 minutes. I ran about a 9:20 pace. That is a good pace for me. I usually run about 9:30 to 10:00 minute miles. I also felt okay at the end. My knee was a little sore but not too bad. I was so wet. I could not believe it.
My Dad was able to see my pass by a couple of times. The course doubled over itself a couple of times so there was a lot of opportunities to watch the runners. He was lucky enough be under his umbrella.
After the race, I celebrated with a breakfast bagel. After a nice shower it was on towards home for some great turkey.
I am new to the world of running. I have run in the past but nothing special. I was also running for a team. I was told to run so I did. Now I am running because I want to. I complete my first half marathon in October and now I am going for a full marathon.
I started running for vanity sake. I like to exercise to maintain a health body and to keep my weight in check. I did my first half-marathon because I got a free registration. I soon realized that this running thing is kind of fun.
I am a golfer. I will first and forth most call myself a golfer. However, I am miss competing in golf like I did in college and amateur days. I still compete and play all the time but I miss that rush of the competition. I only play in one or two events a year so I needed something more. For the first time in the half marathon, I felt the adrenaline of a competition. I had something to train for. Exercise and training became one. Plus the running and training helped my golf game. I find something new.
I am running in my first marathon this spring. I will be running the Pittsburgh Marathon. Very excited and nervous. I am also going to run for a cause. I am going to raise money for Girls on the Run. "Girls on the Run is an experiential afterschool program that encourages young girls to develop self-respect and healthy lifestyles" (Girls on the Run). I needed some motivation and I found it. The program is for girls 3rd through 8th grade. With the rise of obesity and sedentary behaviors it is great to have a program that works to help girls have a healthier lifestyle physically, mentally, and socially.