Race Report: Pittsburgh Half-Marathon

7:37 That’s the pace I’d need to run to break 1:40. The pace that – in September 2011 – was my 5K race pace that left me wanting to vomit a little. The pace that was faster than goal tempo up until the last several months. The pace that was 12 seconds per mile faster […]

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Race Report: Just a Short Run 2014 (half-marathon)

Sometimes a half-marathon is a half-marathon. You have a goal. You have a plan to execute that goal. You have mantras and a warm-up routine and the perfect playlist (if you’re into that) and pre-race breakfast and fueling strategy. And sometimes, a half-marathon is a week before your wedding. And it gets to be even […]

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Race Report: Pittsburgh Half-Marathon 2013

What recipe spells a big PR, and a shattered A-goal? Nice weather? Perfect fueling and hydration? Confidence and just the right amount of nerves? The company of good friends? I say all of the above.e This was my seventh half-marathon, and my third time running the Pittsburgh half – second time on this exact course […]

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Race Report: Just a Short Run 2013 (half-marathon)

This training cycle has been a bit of a whirlwind. Last year at this race, I broke two hours – I was gleeful, finally having cracked the time that for many is the holy grail. But that bar keeps getting raised for each of us. I was ready and eager to break 1:55 at Air […]

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Busting out of a rut

I’ve been in a bit of a running funk for the last few weeks. Between IT band tightness and not logging as many miles because of holiday travel, I just… wasn’t feeling it. I was caught in that horrible cycle of “I’m-not-really-a-runner-I-hate-this-and-won’t-like-it-ever-again-who-am-I-kidding.” We all experience it, usually a couple times a year. And we know […]

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