As usual, the 2016 Pittsburgh marathon was a great race, with a great atmosphere, great crowd support, tough hills, and lots of awesome runners. I am happy with the outcome, though it is not exactly everything I wanted.
- Thanks to a bit of rain, the temperature could not have been any better. The race started in the high 40s and never got past the low 60s.
- My hotel was only a couple of blocks from my corral entry, which means I got to use a fancy bathroom instead of standing in the porta-potty line.
- Most of the race I was close to some runners sporting Penn State gear, which means we got some “We are”s from the crowd.
- I love the super-heavy Runner of Steel finisher medal.
- More importantly, I felt strong most of the race. I made it to mile 22 at my target BQ pace, and I got a 20 min (!) PR.
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Next big race on the horizon
The 2016 Pittsburgh Three Rivers Marathon. I would love to meet my Boston qualifying standard (3:05), but, for now, I will be satisfied as long I manage a 7:15 min/mile pace for a 3:10:00 finish.
Last May in Pittsburgh, I ran my first marathon in 3:31:43 (nowhere near my BQ target). I was just happy to finish, specially since I was still recovering from a hamstring injury and was able to train a lot less that I would have liked. Now I am much better with my form and cadence, I’ve managed to stay injury free since, and I want another shot at it. I’m still not sure whether I’ll get my BQ on this one (or wait until September), but I can definitely get closer.
I scheduled a sixteen-week training plan starting today!! #GameOnPGH You can see the whole plan on this link. A typical week contains
- 3 run workouts: one hard (track or hills), one tempo, and one long
- 2 pool workouts
- 2 lifting sessions
- 1 Les Mills GRIT® HIIT workout
- 1 Fitology‘s triple workout consisting of 30min on a stationary bike, 30min of weight lifting and 30min of core training
- In the last few weeks, 1 bike ride (in preparation for my wife and I’s first (!) triathlon in June)
The plan also features
- Three 10 mile training runs on three consecutive days of Week 6
- Ocean’s Run Half Marathon, South Kingston, RI, on Week 9
- Egg Hill 10 miler, SpringMills, PA, on Week 13
- Two 20 miles training runs on Weeks 12 and 14