Training for the Pittsburgh Marathon: Here We Are

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It’s Monday.

The Pittsburgh Marathon is on Sunday. As in six days from now. Or less than six since the marathon kicks off at 7:00 in the morning and now it’s almost 9:30pm and…

Oh dear.

I’m not overly nervous. Yet. I will be. Soon. But for now, I’m just calmly excited. Or in denial that come Sunday morning I will have to run 26.2 miles. It’s probably denial. Whatever the case, I’m ready.

What I’m Wearing

Marathon Outfit

My Oula tank, Suki shorts, and Lateral sports bra are all from Fabletics. I ran my last series of long runs in this outfit to make sure that everything stayed in place, nothing chafed, and that I didn’t overheat. Winner, winner, carb-loading dinner! It doesn’t hurt that I’ll be sporting some black and gold in Pittsburgh either. My socks are super lightweight, though I hope I’m not making a bad choice in wearing my Injinji socks. They’ve been bothering me lately, so I switched back to normal socks. I’ll be wearing the Mizuno Wave Rider 16 in Blazing Orange since I started to hoard them when I realized how much I loathe the 17. I’m planning on using the aid stations for water, but I may still wear my FuelBelt just in case. I trained with it, but I may ditch it if it’s going to be warm at all. And Body Glide. Because duh.

What I’m Listening To

I’ve “finalized” my marathon playlist, though I may add or remove some as race day approaches. I’ve got a mix of pop, rock, Christian, 90’s alternative, Army cadences, and inappropriate songs. A number of songs made it on the list just because they make me laugh. You need to laugh when you’re running 26.2 miles. Oh, and one country song because I apparently lost a bet or something.


What I’m Eating/Drinking Now and Race Day

Today I drank 96 ounces of water, one glass of milk, one cup of coffee, and one banana, peanut butter, spinach smoothie. Hydration is important this week, and so are calories. I ate the smoothie breakfast, a black bean taco leftover lunch, a snack of cheese and crackers, and a veggie pot pie dinner. Come the night before the race, I’ll have some pasta with no sauce (it gives me heartburn even the next day for a run), and I’ll eat old people early, finishing no later than 5:30. This isn’t hard for us because we normally eat old people early. On Race Day, I’ll have a bagel at some dumb early hour. I’ll drink water until hour two and switch to Gatorade every other water stop until the end of the race. I’ll eat some magic beans. And after the race, my parents are making me a steak dinner back at The Farm.

What I’m Running This Week

Two three milers and a 15-minute shakeout run on Saturday morning. “Trust the taper” is all I keep thinking right now, because I want to go run all the miles. Right now. Telling me not to do something, not to run, makes me want to do it more.

How to Follow Me

I am thrilled that the Pittsburgh Marathon is using the RaceJoy app. It makes it super easy to follow me on race day. Simply download the app on your smartphone of choice (Apple, Android) and search for my name, Jenna Hatfield (bib number 3623). You can add me to your favorites and it will send you messages as I cross the various checkpoints. (I have also allowed the app to post to Facebook and Twitter with these updates for those without smartphones.) If you feel like fully stalking me, I did pay extra $0.99 to allow full GPS tracking. If you also pay the $0.99, you can track me on the map and find me after the race. I’m thrilled with how easy it was to set everything up for this race. I wish more races would utilize this system!


I’m as ready as I’m going to be. I’m excited. I’m at that point where I read things about the race—the finish, the crowds, the whole of everything—and I start to cry. Not bad tears. Tears of joy. I can’t believe I’m going to be a marathoner, a Runner of Steel.

Let’s do this, friends.



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16 Replies to “Training for the Pittsburgh Marathon: Here We Are”

  1. I am so proud of you! I can not wait to see you on race day. The country song must have been a great suggestion from a smart friend. ;)

  2. I think your amazing! Such an inspiration! I can’t wait to hear how it goes! Good luck, I will be thinking of you!

  3. Go Jenna! >.<

    If your playlist isn't locked in, you need some 3-6 Mafia (you know which one) and maybe some Wiz Khalifa for the Pittsburgh tie-in.

    Best of luck!

  4. You’re doing it all right, girl. Extra points for trying out the clothes in advance. One year I got all weird and bought a running skirt at the expo the day before and had terrible chafing two miles in. Not pretty. :)

  5. Hi,

    I’m a marathoner as well. I do 21 miles the Saturday before the big race, but people tell me that I over train. I don’t know about that. They are never as difficult as I think they will be. If this is your first race, this will be the most exciting. You can hardly believe it when you cross the finish line. You end up doing your second marathon to make sure that the first one wasn’t a fluke. you do your third and beyond because you love it.

    Crossing that finish is always a thrill! Good luck to you!

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