Tobacco Road Half Marathon 3/18 Cary, NC
Second Empire 5K Classic 3/25 Raleigh, NC
Cary Road Race 10k 4/14 Cary, NC
Tar Heel 10 Miler 4/21 Chapel Hill, NC
UPMC Health Plan Pittsburgh Half Marathon, 5/6 Pittsburgh, PA
It really couldn't have worked out better had I planned it. I built my training for Pittsburgh around these races, and cut down on the distance of some of my long runs as a way to compensate for these stress of racing. I am fairly confident that I have enough of a base so reducing my longest run prior to the race from a twelve mile Long Slow Day to Ten Mile Race at Half Marathon goal speed seemed like an even trade to me.
|Start of the 2011 Pittsburgh Marathon|
The plan hit a couple of glitches. I had a bout of sever Hay Fever the week before the first 5k, which combined with legs that were still rubbery from the Half Marathon the week before, led to a slow painful 5k. The 10k course was incorrectly marked negating what would have been a massive PR. Luckily, I was given a free entry into The Run Raleigh 5k on 4/15 where I equaled my 5k PR. And, I was able to shatter my 10miler PR on a very hilly course just two weeks ago. Unfortunately, following that result, my sinuses went crazy and are still not back to normal. It hasn't stopped me from running but has left me in dire need of a hanky on my runs. Despite these minor set backs, I think that this plan has me primed for a good race if the weather is cooperative. I gained a lot of confidence from Racing My Way To Pittsburgh, and I just can't wait for these last few days to pass, so I can take my place at yet another starting line!