Pittsburgh Half Marathon Training – Week 1


Welcome 2016! I hope this year for you (& me) will be full of amazing things! Goals reached, positive changes made, & happiness found.

I have not forgotten about this blog, I promise! With the holidays & traveling, I have had zero time to do much of anything! As I said before, week 1 of training (for me) started Monday, 12/28. Well, I traveled to my Dad’s outside of DC for Christmas weekend, & got in a quick 2 miles there. I absolutely despise running there, but I hadn’t run in almostย a week & a half by that time, so I knew I had to get out & do something.



Please ignore my makeup-less face & bad skin ๐Ÿ˜ฆ Have these temperature changes done a number on anyone else’s skin like mine?! UGH.

On Tuesday, I got an e-mail at work saying I won a free entry to any event on Pittsburgh Marathon weekend! SCORE!!! I was so happy about this. Considering I’m already signed up for the half, I used it for the 5k.. which if you don’t know what that means, I’ll tell you. On Saturday, April 30, I’ll run the 5k & get a medal. On Sunday, May 1, I’ll run the half, & get another medal. Because I am registered (& will run, all hopes & prayers of course) both races, I am automatically entered into the Steel Challenge. Upon completion of both races, I will get a THIRD medal for becoming a Runner of Steel. I am so excited that this will be a TRIPLE medal weekend!! ๐Ÿ˜€

Tuesdayย night was meant for a 20 minute tempo run. Well.. considering at that point I had run once in 2 weeks, I decided to just get in an easy 3 mile run.. no 10:30 pace here. NO thank you. The headwind was strong & it was cold! I ran alone, but that didn’t bother me.. I was just happy to get the mileage in after being lazy about it for so long.




How was everyone’s NYE? I swear the more I’m pushing 30, the longer it takes to recover. I had wanted to run on Friday ( ha. haha. hahahahaha.) Yeah, that day was spent on couches & luckily I was able to be taken care of – pretty sure a cure for a hangover is pizza & getting your back rubbed. Simultaneously. Anyways – So, Friday running was a bust.

Saturday was Elite’s group long run – but my calves hurt SO bad that I could barely walk (still from NYE..) so, I opted out. I miss that group, can’t wait to get my stuff together & get back out there with them.

I moved my 4 mile long run today, & it went well. Real feel of 24, but I bundled & was quite warm by the end! Week 1 down — 16 or so weeks to go!



Week 1: 7.03 miles

Is anyone else training for a race? Which race & distance are you doing? Please share!


6 thoughts on “Pittsburgh Half Marathon Training – Week 1

  1. sasrubel says:

    My skin is wrecked! I totally understand. While I’m not doing any of the Pittsburgh races this may, I am running flying pig the same weekend! I’m excited to follow your journey!

    • Ciara says:

      It comes & goes but mine is SO dry. I have the worst skin care regimen because 3 weeks out of the month my skin is perfectly clear. Can count on 1 hand how many times I’ve ever washed my face with soap. Just can’t get this dryness under control! Ugh!

  2. Hanna @ TheMillennialNextDoor says:

    I’ll take your skin over mine any day! Mine has been looking a little pale lately, it’s quite unflattering….I really need to start taking my Vitamin D!

    Excited to follow your PGH training! We’ll have to meet up at the race!

    • Ciara says:

      I also get quite pale in the winter haha! I miss summer running only for the free tan! Excited to follow yours, too! Would def love to meet up! ๐Ÿ™‚ good luck!!

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