Tuesday: 3 Miles - If you remember a few weeks ago, I had gone to a park to try on my new shoes, which turned into a disaster. Well, the trail and I had a rematch and I conquered....and by conquered, I mean I took things slowly since this week was suppose to be about recovery. It turned out to be a very pleasant day for a few easy miles.
Wednesday: 3 Miles - For this workout, I only had 30 minutes to complete the distance due to heading out to dinner with coworkers prior to an event. Besides amusing several students as I flew around to campus, I made perfect time. And for the record, the grilled chicken salad was delicious!
Thursday: 2 Miles - In the case you can take a workout too easily during a taper, I probably accomplished that during this run. In figuring the warm-up would take just as long as the distance itself, I took things nice and slow as I ran around the neighborhood. I was out and back before dinner was even done.
Friday: Rest Day - Since I had the time and figured I was going to later on benefit from the kindness of others, I volunteered at the Pittsburgh Marathon Expo for a couple of hours passing out the program and swag bag. While the task was fairly simple (I specifically chose something that I couldn't mess up!), it really got me in the mood for the race. I'm already planning to help next year!
Saturday: 3.1 Miles - As a part of race weekend, one of my friends recommended that I join him in the 5K race, sponsored by the marathon, as a shake-out run. I am so glad I did! I took the workout fairly easy and spent the remainder of the day at the post-race party, expo and an amazing lunch. I also found a shirt that spoke to my Pittsburgh Polish side!
Sunday: 13.1 - The race finally arrived! Though nervous as all get-out, I survived and PR'ed by 10 minutes securing a 1:38:10. I'll be making another post with all the juicy details about the race. Needless today, it was a very successful day!
I signed up for this race as my second marathon almost 8 months ago. At the time, I hadn't even completed my first, but I was really excited to run my hometown. While some parts of training could have gone better, these past 12 weeks were overall a character-building experience. For those of you who have been following along in this journey, I really appreciate it. In looking at my calendar for the second half of the year, some big plans are in mind and I hope you will continue to come along for the ride.