Sunday, March 26, 2017

Pittsburgh Marathon Training: Week 9

Wow is this training cycle going fast!  I'm still having a little bit of trouble believing that I'm halfway already.  And the crazy part is, I have a feeling time will only start moving faster.

Monday: Rest Day

Tuesday: 4 Miles - Cloudy skies and a little bit of wind makes for a decent day for a workout.  Focusing on heart rate, I remained within the 130-140 range shooting for consistency and learn the rhythm of this pace.

Wednesday: 9 Miles - I did it - I ventured onto a new route!  Where I normally turn left, I changed things up and headed right.  While I encountered a few more hills than usual, I felt really good traversing the rolling landscape.  I think I'll be following this route again when I need to go the longer distances.

Thursday: 4 Miles - I tend to do most of my runs as soon as I get home from work, so I can spend the remainder of the evening with the wife and peanut.  Well, today wasn't one of those days.  The majority of my night ended up consisting of laying on the couch with a sleeping child against me.  The workout had to then wait until after bedtime and to the treadmill I went.  It's times like these I'm so glad we made the investment in this machine.

Friday: Rest Day

Saturday: Rest Day

Sunday: 13 Miles Race Pace - In a fitting way, the halfway point of this training cycles involves running a half marathon workout.  All would have been fine if I hadn't spent the previous two days sitting at a conference.  It's like my legs forgot how to run.  The first nine miles or so were just brutal, but by the end I had finally found my stride.  Note to self: sitting is bad.

While the week didn't end on the greatest of confident-boosting notes, it was also a reminder that perseverance pays off in running.  Regardless of how things begin, there is always the opportunity for it to get better.  This optimism will be key to reaching the finish line after 26.2 miles on May 7th.

Happy running!

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