Buffalo Creek Half Training – Week 8


Happy Monday everyone! Hope everyone had a great weekend. The weeks of summer & fall training are winding down & cooler temps are on their way…

Running days: 2

Strength days: 0

Total miles: 12.48


My first day of my Monday night class. We went over 8 sections of Math for a total of 4 hours. I was exhausted.


I’ve been having some stomach issues for a few months now (hence the rest day today), & I could never pin down exactly what was causing it, but I knew it was something I was eating. So I decided I’d do an experiment for a month or two & go gluten free. I truly think I might have a gluten sensitivity. At first when I did my research, going gluten free looked difficult,  but it’s actually not. Thankfully, Aldi is full to the brim of gluten free options so I won’t have any problems.


Another night of class that lasts past 9:30pm. It’s only week 2 of the semester & I’m already exhausted. I normally don’t have teachers that keep us the full class time – but lucky me got stuck with two teachers that keep us the full 4 hours.


I made it out to Carnegie for my usual loop because the weather was absolutely beautiful. I’ve been feeling guilty about all of the excuses I’ve been using & all of the runs I’ve been skipping. If I don’t PR at Buffalo Creek like I want to, I will have no one to blame but myself because I didn’t put the work in. I really want to make a better effort from here on out.


I had an appointment directly after work that lasted until after 6pm, so I came home & relaxed & prepared for my long run on Saturday.


There was a good handful of us that did the full loop with Pro Bike + Run. The temperature was decent, although still somewhat humid, but nothing to complain about. There was a lot of stop & go towards the end because of street crossings & I definitely wanted to walk by mile 8 but my group kept me going! We all did such a great job. I needed to be on the road by a certain time, so I didn’t finish out the rest of the 10 mile loop with the rest of them. After my long run, I made a 3 hour drive to Hershey to visit with my brother who turned 25 on the 18th! We had a great time this day playing outdoor laser tag at his old job. Then we all relaxed with my parents at their camp site & I crashed early.


Sunday morning I had breakfast with my family & since it was my brother’s birthday, we (okay, I did) decided to re-create a picture of the day he & I met 25 years ago! This was hysterical! My brother & I are only 2.5 years apart, so we have always been close. Sean – I love you so much! I’m so happy to be your sister.

Super uneventful week you guys. I’m making a promise to myself that Week 9 will be different & that I will make more of an effort to get more miles in. Race day is coming soon & I want to be as prepared as I can with the time I have left.

How was your week? What are you looking forward to most once the temperature dies down a little?


5 thoughts on “Buffalo Creek Half Training – Week 8

  1. Jennifer @ Dashing in Style says:

    When I saw groups of runners on the South Side, I was looking out for you and hoped I’d see you! Glad I did–I recognized your purple socks! The reason I haven’t joined the group runs is that all the long runs I’ve done have me doing a negative split where I start slow and then go faster the second half–and then I’d have to leave the group and/or try to catch up with the group, and it just seemed logistically hard. I will have some longer runs coming up that are just running an even pace, so I need to try to do one of those with you! Love the re-creation photo-ha!

    • Ciara says:

      I was so excited to see you!! I recognized you because of your outfit! I totally understand about the negative split thing – but next time you have an even paced long run – please come join us!!

  2. Jessie @ The Acquired Sass says:

    Love the photo recreation! And I’ve never played paintball but I’m dying to try it out!

    It’s definitely a fine line between making excuses & skipping workouts & genuinely being unable to complete them. Recently I have gotten pretty good at making excuses, and just being lazy and wanting to sleep in. Not training for anything, but do still get frustrated when I don’t see paces I want to see.

    • Ciara says:

      I think I’m teetering the fine line. I have to ask myself whether I really can get out there or if I’m just being lazy. Sigh. Going to try to be better!

  3. Jess says:

    It does seem like there are a lot of gluten free options. I don’t avoid it, but I have been eating these Nature’s Path gluten free waffles and they are so good. Outdoor laser tag sounds awesome. I don’t blame you for crashing early after the long run that day and a 3 hour drive! You and your brother are too cute. Love the pic!

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