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Half Mary Update

Posted Mar 16 2010 5:49am


I know for most of you, what Solomon and I ran this weekend isn’t a whole lot, but we are so proud we just want to shout it from the rooftops.  We ran…

6 MILES in 1:07:15!!!

You better believe we’re proud!  That comes out to an 11:15 minute mile.  I know that’s nothing for a lot of you speed demons out there, but its a great start for us, and something we were thrilled to accomplish.

For those of you that are new here (HI!), a few weeks ago I announced that Solomon (my husband) and I are running the Pittsburgh half marathon on May 2 .


Training hasn’t been going so fabulously for us to be honest.  I have been having some stomach problems, and breathing issues.  I have always had very mild asthma, but it has been acting up quite a bit lately.  I am seeing a doctor next week to see what is going on with this.  Solomon has also been having problems with his knee.  He is planning to write a guest post in the next few days to share his running story with all of you (he works a lot, so I hope it’s soon!).

If you follow my daily training log , you’ll probably notice I have been doing a lot of walking rather than running.  My thought is that I would much rather get in the mileage, or close to it, than do nothing at all, or some other exercise like the elliptical.  Solomon has been walking a good deal as well.  We both agree that even if we end up walking more than half, we don’t care, as long as we finish!  We’re doing our best, but sometimes you can’t control factors that influence your training.

We just started Week 6 of our training and feel pretty good, despite our setbacks.  Here is what’s on tap for this week:


I think we are planning to skip running a 5K race, in favor of getting in another 6 mile run.  We ran on the treadmill this week, and were able to run almost the whole thing (minus 2 short walking breaks and a treadmill malfunction!).  Finishing that was an amazing feeling.  I am not sure what go into us that we were able to go 6 miles after such a break.  The last time I ran more than a mile was almost 2 weeks earlier!  I think that proper training and taking care of yourself sure goes a long way, since we were able to jump right back into running easily.

I still feel really positive and hopeful about this race.  Strength training, cross training, stretching, and proper rest have all proven so helpful for our training and recovery.  We are drinking a lot of water , eating pretty well, getting lots of sleep, and taking really good care of ourselves.  Another thing that is great for our training has been Clif Shot Bloks .  On our 6 miler we each had one after about 45 minutes, and felt great through the end of the run.  It’s funny, I used to never think about fueling myself DURING a workout, I only thought about before and after.  It’s amazing what a little fuel mid run will do for you!

So the bottom line is, so far, so good!  Let’s hope it stays that way!

What are some of your best training tips?  Do you have any races lined up in the near future?

Tagged: Dick's Pittsburgh half marathon , Hal Higdon , half marathon , racing , training
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