With the entire winter devoted to training for Shamrock I haven’t had much opportunity to talk about what’s coming up next – Pittsburgh Marathon weekend! For the 4th year in a row I am running in my hometown – the UPMC Half Marathon on Sunday, May 3rd and even better I am doing so as an Official Blogger!
Unlike the 12 weeks I spent recapping my weekly training for Shamrock I won’t do the same for Pittsburgh. With the half coming up in 5 weeks instead I am going to countdown weekly and give you a summary of where I am, what’s happening, as well as tidbits on preparation for the race.
A couple of weeks ago I wrote about my goals for Spring races. If there is one thing I’ve learned in life (particularly lately) it’s that things do not always go according to plan – and you know what? that’s ok! I am throwing a bit of caution to the wind as it relates to some of my time goals this season – meaning, I can’t focus on them until I do a few other things first. The number 2 point on my spring race goal list was “Stay Healthy” so this is where I have chosen to focus over the next 6-8 weeks (beyond Pittsburgh). Namely, getting back to a place where I am stronger both mentally and physically.
It’s not just one thing it is several things. I’ve talked before (and probably vaguely as it’s not really for blog consumption) about stress and am working towards reducing the effect this has had on me. I need to focus on resetting some of my habits, reducing this stress, losing the weight associated with that and restoring a little balance. Even if I don’t talk about it directly here I’m already doing some things to get there! I think focusing on all of these points will help make me a stronger, better and faster runner. Then I can crush those time goals!!
SO… 5 weeks until the Pittsburgh Half – a weekend I am enthusiastically looking forward to – a focused health and fitness reset is where I am now and I can’t forget that I expect to HAVE FUN these next several weeks (point #5 on my spring race goals list). It’s going to be a great ride. Finally, I’m shouting out my fellow 2015 #GameOnPGH Bloggers.
- Aggie Runs
- Cherie Runs This
- Fit ‘n’ Cookies
- Marathons and Mechanisms
- Pittsburgh City Girl
- Run Intended
- Running on Lentils
- Stop, Drop & Blog
- The Evolution of Ms. Aimee C.
- The Local Elite
- The Runderful Life
- The Wheezy Runner
- This Runners Fuel
- Will Run for Miles
If you don’t already follow some of these amazing folks – go do it, do it now!! I’m excited to be back for the second year! Returning again with me are Kim from This Runner’s Fuel and Jenna (aka FireMom) from Stop Drop and Blog (yay!)
Have you ever participated in Pittsburgh Marathon weekend? Will I see you there in May? What are some of your health and fitness goals this spring?