Setting Goals

So in my last post (well, my last one before my last one) I said that I had a goal of running 26.2 in 2013, that I was going to do the full Pittsburgh Marathon. I didn’t meet that goal 😦 I over estimated how my pregnancy, delivery and recovery would go. Little Miss M cooked for two extra weeks, and I had a c/s. That meant that I was in no shape to run until almost September. I had planned to do a 5k in August, a 10k in October and then work up from there to a half in March and the full in May.

I did a mile race and The Fugitive run in September and that was it. I didn’t run again until January when I signed up for the Pittsburgh Half with Team in Training. What’s that they say about the best laid plans?

I’m a firm believer in everything happening for a reason. Some how, though I did a horrid job of training, I set a PR for a half. 13.1 miles in 2:36. Now, this was my third half and I’d gotten faster by about 6 minutes each one! Not too shabby for a slow girl right?

Well a lady from my neighborhood started a Facebook chat for her runner friends and she was all like “Call me crazy, but I want to run a marathon, anyone else in?” Well call me crazy too, because I’ve signed up to run the Philadelphia Marathon.

Yup, 26.2 miles. I’m running with Team in Training again. I’m scared out of my mind!

My longest long run since May has been 9 miles, and a slow 9 at that. Of course, crazy as it sounds, I need to work on slowing down! I think it was also slow because I was listening to podcasts and not music.

I signed up to finish the race in 5.30. Russ looked at me and told me that it should be doable for me. I think it will be. Even if I do some extra walking. If I get my butt in gear I will do this.






Take 3

I really have a desire to be a blogger. My husband is a successful blogger and I have several blogger friends. I’m really not a writer though. I feel like no one wants to read what I have to say. I really want to be a runner (okay, I am a runner) but have a hard time getting motivated. Maybe running can be my motivation for blogging and my motivation for running can be…? I don’t know, but food is my usual answer!

So, inspired by Runthusiast, I’m going to try blogging about my running again, let’s see how this goes, eh?


Never Updating

I know I promised to write about Disney and I haven’t. 😦

I ran the PAEYC 5k for Learning in October and then two days later found out I was pregnant! That magic little double line instantly sapped out my energy and I haven’t run since then. I’m hoping to get back out there since the weather has been nice so I can run/walk the Pirates Charity 5k in April. After that, I’ll probably be done racing until September. I do have a goal set though…26.2 miles in 2013! I’m hoping to run the full Pittsburgh Marathon in May 2013, so we’ll see how that goes.


…update coming soon! I promise!

That is my friend Lynn. Lynn trained with me for the Pittsburgh Half Marathon. Every Sunday we’d be out running laps around North Park. She is pretty awesome! We met up last Saturday for a small community race about an hour from the ‘Burgh (an hour for me, Lynn lives right down the road from the park.) I was hoping to PR and run it in under 34 minutes. I didn’t take into account that it’d be so hot so early or that they’d throw in a trail at the end.

169       Sandra Stover*, Pittsburgh, PA             36:53   11:54

That's what I got. Not bad, not my worst time (that would be this  
827 2272 399 W20 Sandy Stover, 29*, Pittsburgh, PA 41:40 13:26)

I have moved down a couple of pace groups so that makes me happy! 

I'm going to go out on a long run tomorrow, hopefully 7 or more miles. I've been doing 4-5 
on my 'short' runs during the week so we'll see. 

Only 47 days till Disney!

Disney Bound

In only 56 days! Am I ready? No, not so much, but then I felt the same way before Pittsburgh too. I did a 5 miler on Tuesday and I’m doing a 5k on Saturday (as long as my registration went through…the race website is not set up so great)

I’ve learned that I kind of like running when it’s cold. It’s much more comfortable to go from cold to hot rather than hot to even hotter.

How do you guys stay motivated?

Fundraising and Running woes

I am really not meant to be a blogger! Maybe if I could manage to get my photos up I could be a photo blogger…but I’d probably get distracted by something and forget 🙂

I had a bad run yesterday, sort of. I also had a fundraising party yesterday, sort of. In my haste to get ready for the party, I had a pretty small breakfast and forgot my pre-run snack. 5 miles in when we stopped for Gatorade and gels, I decided to try Shotbloks instead of my usual gel. Around mile 6 my shoe came untied, and when I stood up, I was light headed. That never really went away until we stopped again and I downed some Gatorade and a granola bar. I’m bummed that I didn’t get to do one more mile like everyone else did. I say it was sort of a bad run because despite the extended walk breaks, I only finished about 3 minutes later than my last 10 miler. It is runs like that that make me find it hard to believe that I can really do 13 with only 25 days left to train.

I say I sort of had a fundraising party because no one came 😦 Well my good friend Alison, who was selling Scentsy, and my SIL came, but three people don’t really make a party. Despite that I am doing well with the fundraising. We had a 250 minimum goal by last week and a 500 goal by the first of May. I’m well past both of them, but would really like to reach 1,000!