Buffalo Creek Half Training – Week 2

training recap

After my week long vacation, I was dreading going back to work (as most do). But I noticed a long missed feeling inside of me! A feeling of dedication & full on commitment to my goals. Reminder: main goals are one cheat meal a week & running all my miles. I found myself with a new mental clarity, a fresh perspective after my (clearly) much needed time off from day to day life. I’m ready & I’m really looking forward to making this a great training season. Without further ado.. my recap.

Running days: 3

Strength days: 1

Total miles: 9


My alarm was set for 5:30am, but when it went off there was absolutely no way I was getting out of bed. I gave myself a pass since this was my first day back from a more than week long break from early alarms. After work, I met up with a friend of mine to talk running! It was really nice catching up & hopefully setting her up for success for the rest of 2016 πŸ™‚


I pretty much super duper hate hill repeats. And I’m kind of really sick of this weather. Okay, you can tell what kind of mood I’m in as I write this. Fall, where are you?! I’m ready & waiting. I got to RIDC a little before 6pm & ran 2 miles before everyone got there. I kind of just wanted to be by myself & get these miles in. My legs felt dead. I technically hadn’t ran outside in over a week, so generally this is how my legs feel after zero stretching or any type of activity. My allergies were acting up a lot this day too so my breathing wasn’t exactly great either. I finished those two miles with an avg 11:20 pace so I was pretty happy about that especially in the heat. Once the group got there, it was time for some hill repeats. RIDC hill is brutal. 1/4 mile repeats don’t seem that bad, but I was huffing & puffing. Coach Matt ran with me the first two while I complained (as I usually do) but he’s always a champ & pushes me even though I’m a whiner πŸ™‚ I was having some serious GI issues during my 2nd & 3rd repeat that I had to stop after that. I think I took in too much fuel before I showed up for group & my stomach was soooo not happy. Does anyone else have trouble fueling after work/before an evening run? I get off work between 4 & 4:30 & I usually last have a snack around 2:30pm. I get home around 5:15, which really doesn’t give me a whole lot of time to digest anything. Any tips would be appreciated. Luckily once I stopped running & pushing myself, my stomach calmed down & I was able to head to the grocery store before heading home. PS: I’m so glad Aldi exists.


My alarm  went off at 5:25am & in the recent months, I have been snoozing that alarm. But I forced myself out of bed & while it wasn’t my most quality work out, I did lift for about 20 minutes. My muscles were shaking & I was just generally tired. Come 6am, I ate my breakfast (this week its overnight oats & 2 HB eggs) & watched the news.

This is the day registration for the Pittsburgh Marathon opened! I am happy to announce I am running the half for the ALS Association for the 2nd year in a row πŸ™‚ I know very few of you actually know me, but if you desire to donate to my fundraiser, I would be forever grateful! This team is amazing & the reason I run is special to me. (MF <3) Here’s the link to my fundraiser: ALS Associate Pittsburgh Half 2017

After work, I headed to campus to talk to a transfer counselor to make sure I’m on the right path with school. Currently, I’m working on my Associate’s degree in Health & Physical Education, but hoping to transfer in the future to California University of PA for their Wellness + Fitness degree.


I woke up this morning as sore as ever. It’s crazy what 20 minutes of lifting can do to you after you haven’t lifted in over a month. Yikes. I really need to start paying more attention to recovery. I did have a run planned for after work, but I decided to push it so I could come home & stretch & rest. It was definitely a good decision.


I was still sore this day, but I did get in 3 miles on the Panhandle Trail. I know I complain about this all the time, but IT IS SO HOT. I swear at the end of this, I cried on the inside. I walked some of this because there was just no cloud cover whatsoever & that sun is just brutal. But.. everyone knows 3 miles is better than nothing. I also signed up for Kitten Yoga next Friday & I am soo excited about it. I’ll be sure to get a review up about it afterwards πŸ™‚


Saturdays are for long runs w/ Pro Bike + Run! Truly, I haven’t been feeling well all week. I had a headache for 3 days in a row & generally just wasn’t feeling like myself. Instead of worrying about getting *all* of my miles in, I decided that focusing on running each day I was scheduled was more important. It has been a long time since I’ve trained according to a schedule, so getting my body used to running 3x a week again is what’s important in the first few weeks. This day made day #3 so I call this week a win. Jenn was taking it easy since she her Tri was the following day so she was only doing 3 miles. I decided to join her! Plus, it was super muggy & hot & I just wanted to get it over with. Steel City Road Runners joined Pro Bike + Run & made our Saturday morning run include over 150 people! It was amazing. The run went alright, but I am ready for the humidity to break.

My dad & step-mom were camping in Tarentum (about 30 mins outside the city) so I drove out there to spend Saturday + Sunday morning with them & we had a blast eating, drinking, & hanging out by the campfire. I haven’t seen my dad since Christmas, so I was really happy to see him.



My parents left in the early afternoon & since this is a rest day, I spent the morning relaxing & then went to a cook-out with some friends! We had a blast & we partied well past my bed time πŸ™‚ 

How was your week? Are you training for a race? How do you deal with the heat & humidity? 


5 thoughts on “Buffalo Creek Half Training – Week 2

  1. Jessie @ The Acquired Sass says:

    Saturday was BRUTAL. I did 7, while the rest of my pace group went on to do more. But I cannot even tell you how glad I was to turn around at 7. I am beyond ready for this humidity to go away.

    And big ups on running 3 days, I only managed the group run this week. :/

    • Ciara says:

      That’s awesome that you got 7 in – I was wondering how many you got through. Omg. The past few days without humidity has been SO nice. I’m going to take advantage & move tomorrow’s run to tonight!

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