Training for the Pittsburgh Half Marathon: Getting Over the Quitting Feeling

Training for the Pittsburgh Marathon

Oh hey. It’s quitting time.

Or rather, it’s the point in time during a training cycle when I say, “I’m never running again.” In fact, I went back through RunKeeper to a year ago today when I was training for the 2014 Pittsburgh Marathon. My notes on the run read, “I’m a failure. I quit.” Once I realized history was in fact repeating itself, I decided to stop feeling so defeated.

It happens. The physical aspects of training can feel draining enough, but add a depleted mental state and, well, you’re in for a real treat. I know it happens every training cycle. I know, but it doesn’t make it any easier when it actually arrives. It’s a sneaky little bugger, usually popping up after a decent run. And bam!

Today I not only felt like quitting the Pittsburgh Half Marathon but also the Columbus Marathon in October. I even tossed around the “running is stupid and my body is stupid and I’ll never be good at this so why don’t I quit today” as well.

And then I hit a nice stride from miles four to six. My legs worked out their kinks; my sore knee from a bump over the weekend didn’t feel sore anymore; the wind cooled me off just right as the sun warmed me up before the trees; I felt good.


Training for the Pittsburgh Half Marathon
Weird weather week again!

And that’s how it goes. Moments of ZOMGMAKEITSTOP stuffed in between puffy clouds and beautiful sunshine. And so tomorrow, I’ll run three miles and shake it off. The plan is to work hard on hydration this week. I improved on it last week, but I need to up it just a little bit more. My long run may be postponed until Monday due to the holiday (and a 90th birthday party) this weekend. We’ll see how it all works out.



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3 Replies to “Training for the Pittsburgh Half Marathon: Getting Over the Quitting Feeling”

  1. I’m not even training for anything right now and I’ve been really bummed lately about how tight my right leg continues to be despite me stretching and foam rolling like crazy. Not exercising doesn’t help, though – it only makes it tighter. I don’t like not feeling springy, though. I just keep telling myself I’ve had other injuries and worked through them, too. I just feel old.

  2. I love reading your blogs. =) Always nice to hear I am not the only one who has those days. Was currently having an I want to quit everything day here.

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