There have been times over the past 10 weeks that I feel silly for mentioning “training” and sharing my workouts and recaps for my upcoming race. I felt like it wasn’t enough. Like my goal race (Pittsburgh 10 Miler) didn’t mean as much as someone who is training for a marathon, or even a half marathon. There have been posts I wanted to write, but simply didn’t because of the thought that someone else is running more than me. But you know what? 10 Miles is a long way to run! There are many people who will not run that distance in their life. There are people who could only dream of a 10k. There are people who run much less. It doesn’t matter the distance- we all have our own personal goals. Suze said it the best the other day in her post– go read it if you haven’t. We are all different, and what we do is the best for us. So yes, maybe I’m not running a marathon or a half marathon, but I have trained for this race, and know thousands of others who did, too, and will be so proud of crossing that finish line.
Sorry about that tangent! Whoops! This Sunday is the Pittsburgh EQT 10 Mile race. As you might remember, I shared the training with you back in September for both myself, and Aaron, along with updates weekly in my fitness posts.
Let’s look at the training. I was aiming for 3 days a week running, with a shorter, a speed workout, and a longer run. After I quit teaching Insanity about a month ago, I went on to add a fourth day of running, typically a shake out run of 3 miles the day after my long run. I loved this run because it really did help my legs feel better and recover faster. My training went very well! I was able to get in all of my runs, though some were cut short, or I skipped a speed workout and just did something else. I got through all my long runs, even had a point to point run in there, and loved them all.
Aaron’s training was different. He was on a run 3 day a week plan, but he hardly ever ran 3 days a week. He hadn’t run for a month or so before starting this training. He was also in Japan for the beginning, and in Norfolk for business towards the end. However, he still ran his long runs, with 9 being his furthest, and had at least one other day of running in there, very rarely more than that. He ran mostly on the treadmill (all weekday runs were on the treadmill because it was at night) and his long runs were mostly outside (except the 9 miler because it was raining and windy and freezing.) I know he can do 10 miles, and I know he will be so excited when he crosses that finish line! I am proud of him for working 40+ hours a week and still finding time to get his runs in. Yes, I wish he could have run 3 days a week just to have more of a foundation, but he also still likes running and isn’t runned out, ha, or injured!
Pittsburgh 10 Mile Race Goals:
I don’t have too many goals for the race. The weather is supposed to be in the 30s, with wind, and cloudy on Sunday. It was in the 30s with sun last year. I am hoping for no rain to add to the misery. With that being said, I am aiming for a PR. I ran a 1:23:45 last year, and anything less than that would be great! I would really like to stick with the 8:00 pacer throughout the race. I told Aaron, as long as I can see him in front of me, I think I will be fine and be able to PR. I want to PR, and I know I have worked hard enough that I can.
Aaron’s goals are to finish, plain and simple. He is sticking with the 10 min/mile pacer, but I know he can run faster than that. I forsee him taking off towards the end, just to finish. I’m not sure I’ll ever get him to run a long distance race again, ha, but he definitely wants to see his training pay off, and make 10 miles the furthest he’s run before!
My mom, my MIL, and Matt and Niko are planning to head down and cheer us on. I know they will try to cheer me on, but Aaron is the first priority just because I’ve experienced it and he hasn’t. It’s pretty awesome to see people you know on the sidelines, so he should be on the other side this year instead of the side cheering for the runners.
It’s important to remember that things do happen, and some days are just not days to PR. I will remind myself of that, if I don’t PR, but for now, I’m going to give it my all!
Do you ever have thoughts that your runs aren’t enough?
What is the temp going to be in your area this weekend??
Thanks, Amanda, for letting me think about this out loud this week