February Training Update: 2020 DICK’S Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon Weekend

February Training Update: 2020 DICK’S Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon Weekend

When early registration for the 2020 DICK’S Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon opened, I immediately registered for the full. I ran it last year, and I was determined to do it again AND beat my time.

And then the whole house came down with hand, foot, and mouth disease. The kids got better, but mine lovingly transformed into a bacterial upper respiratory infection. Cue the antibiotics. I was getting better, but about 2-3 days after finishing the antibiotics, it developed into bronchitis. Fun! I was sick from October – November.

December was okay, but influenza A invaded our home — and all of us — in early January.

In other words, training was derailed from the start.

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2020: The Year Of P3Running

2020: The Year Of P3Running

As most of you have seen on my social media accounts, I am honored to be chosen as a 2020 #P3Runner! P3R is the Great Oz behind Pittsburgh’s greatest races including the DICK’S Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon, Fleet Feet Liberty Mile, EQT Ten Miler, and more.

As someone who has been a part of the Pittsburgh Marathon blogging program in 2016, 2019, and now 2020 — I am amazed at how the program has grown and evolved in the most positive ways.

Keep reading for perks you can expect just for following along with my training and reading my blog!

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#AskCoachCourtney: When should I buy a new pair of running shoes, and how do I know when they’re broken in enough to race?

#AskCoachCourtney: When should I buy a new pair of running shoes, and how do I know when they’re broken in enough to race?

Welcome to this edition of #askcoachcourtney: Your running questions answered by an RRCA certified coach and other experts/research!

Ah, the mystery of running shoes: When should you buy a new pair? How do you know which ones to buy? How can you tell if they’re broken in enough? How can you tell if they’re broken in a bit TOO much?

These are important questions considering that the wrong or old running shoes can cause pain and injury. Today, special guest Josh Boggs and I will give you the answers to some quintessential shoe questions.

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#AskCoachCourtney: Do I have to run a 20 miler when I train for a marathon?

#AskCoachCourtney: Do I have to run a 20 miler when I train for a marathon?

Welcome to #AskCoachCourtney! Each week or two, I take questions from my loyal readers and followers. I had a few submissions this week, and this one stood out to me because it’s often debated: Is a 20 mile run a standard necessity during marathon training?

The short answer: No.

There are a lot of coaches who would disagree with me (Hal Higdon included), but based on what we know about the science of running and high impact exercise, whether you run 20 miles during marathon training or not is individual and varies depending on your easy run pace, goals, and more.

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Whatever You Do, Don’t Stand Still For Too Long: Tips For Getting Back To Disciplined Training

Whatever You Do, Don’t Stand Still For Too Long: Tips For Getting Back To Disciplined Training

A common comment among marathoners is that when they found themselves around that dreaded 20 mile mark, they realized that if they physically stopped, they probably wouldn’t have been able to get started again. I agree, and I learned to walk — albeit slowly, at times — rather than stop. I, too, knew that if I stood still, that would be it for me.

Another friend who ran the 2019 DICK’S Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon said that he “made the mistake” of stopping sometime after mile 20 and felt his whole body “lock up.” I feel you, bro. I feel you.

As are many things marathoners hoard as life lessons, as is this: No matter what your goal is or what you are passionate about, you’re going to feel burnt out at some point. They key is not to stand still for too long.

As someone who been low-key running since May and is just started to really get back into training, here are my top 3 tips for those ebbs and flows in your running career.

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