Training for the Pittsburgh Half Marathon: Race Week Is Here!

Training for the Pittsburgh Marathon

The Pittsburgh Marathon is on Sunday. Today is Monday.

I’m in part-planning, part-panic mode, as is par for the course. Of course, we have some added complexities with our weekend festivities as Little League kicks off on Saturday. So we won’t be hitting the Expo until nearly closing time. Nothing like cutting it close, but seeing our boys kick off their baseball season is important to us.

The rest of the stuff seems to be falling into place though. I think. Ish.

What I’m Wearing for the Half Marathon

Uh, maybe this:

One Race Day Option

Or maybe this:

Another Race Day Option

I don’t quite know. I do know I’m wearing green this year as everyone yelled at me last year for not wearing any green. But hey! I wore black and gold for my first Pittsburgh Marathon which is not only awesome but obvious. So it’s either a green tank or green shorts. But definitely my new Mizuno Wave Sayonara 2s which I broke in all weekend, including at the 5K I ran on Saturday. (The 2 fits almost exactly the same as the first Wave Sayonara, and I’m super pleased with them!)


Mizuno Wave Sayonara 2

What I’m Eating and Drinking This Week

I’m eating normal foods and drinking all the water. The night before the race, I hope to eat something pasta-y with no red sauce as it gives me heartburn—and not a ridiculous amount, just a normal portion size. On race day, I am opting against breakfast as it upsets my tummy to eat before a long run (I’ll eat at the finish line) and going for a bag of Sports Beans a half hour before start, and then six or so at the one hour point. My parents are planning a big steak dinner for after the race (as a belated birthday party).

What I’m Running This Week

My initial plan was to run 4, 3, 2, and a 15 minute shakeout on Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday. Then I tripped on the dog during bedtime routines last night and pulled something in my foot and/or pinky toe. My whole foot felt tender while walking this morning, so I scrubbed my run today. I felt like running on a foot I’ve already injured the week of a race seemed like tempting fate.

And that’s it. I’m feeling mostly ready, minus my foot-pain and the fear that I’m undertrained. I do want to remind readers I’m running on behalf of Our Clubhouse, a non-profit that supports families dealing with cancer. Feel free to donate if you feel so inclined.

I am likely to post a few more times about marathon related activities this week both here and my social media feeds. Additionally, you can track me on Sunday. Sign up for updates here. (They’ll work this year and you don’t have to pay!) I’d love if you let me know if you’re following me. As always, YOUR support means the world to me!

It’s officially #GameOnPGH time!


Be sure to check in with the other Official Pittsburgh Marathon Bloggers to see how they’re handling race week.



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6 Replies to “Training for the Pittsburgh Half Marathon: Race Week Is Here!”

  1. This official blogger is feeling, aaahhh!! Tomorrow I’ll sit down and really start getting my ish organized. I have no idea what I’m wearing, lol. And I’ll be in Pittsburgh for 5 days so… eek! See you soon!

  2. Looking good! I hope your foot feels better soon, and I feel a bit jealous of your cute running shorts. Despite trying on tons of different styles, I haven’t found anything non-compression that doesn’t just wad up in my crotch as I run. :(

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