PGH Marathon Update |About that hay that should be in the barn…

PGH Marathon Update |About that hay that should be in the barn…

On yesterday’s Instagram post, you probably imagined a burnt-out Courtney. I’m not talking about well-done…I mean…at this point, I am extra crispy and someone forgot me in the oven.

Screw it. Ya girl is CHARRED.

The marathon is May 5, and I am starting to get cold feet. I’m nervous. I’m afraid. I’m currently battling a cold and barely sleeping at night because my kids are sick and #momlife.

Logically, I feel like running 26.2 miles in a few weeks is the worst idea ever. But damn you, 26.2 — every time I feel like giving up because of a nagging pain/illness/burnout…you find a way to keep me hanging on.

This, my friends, is marathon training.

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PGH Marathon Training Update | The Revelation: Running Is Legit The Only Thing I Haven’t Quit Since 2014

PGH Marathon Training Update | The Revelation: Running Is Legit The Only Thing I Haven’t Quit Since 2014

“I think [your best friend] would agree with me. You’ve quit a lot of things.” The words of my husband.

I remember when he said this. We were sitting at the dining room table among a landmine of crumbs that the baby left scattered along the floor and the top of the dining room table. My daughter’s day-old undies and dress found home on the treadmill after I asked her to change her clothes for the seventh time in a row. The heat had just kicked on, and I held my breath because I knew the gas bill was climbing in price.

What he said hit me hard because it’s true. I have started and stopped a lot of things. I have pages and pages of failed business ideas and attempts. Writing jobs that only paid $5 per 500 words. Mounds of starter kits from when I was roped into direct sales via manipulation and false promises.

But through it all, one thing remained constant: running. From my first “run” around the block at 3 pm during the thick of August in 2014 to training for the DICK’S Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon, running is the only thing I’ve continued to show up for.

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It’s Official: DICK’s Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon Needs A Spot On Your Spring Race Calendar

It’s Official: DICK’s Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon Needs A Spot On Your Spring Race Calendar

The bad news: Pittsburgh is full of hills as well as bridges that have just enough uphill grade to force you out of breath…

The good news: You will likely never find a more family-friendly, supportive race out there. I am a first time marathoner, and I am asked quite a bit why I didn’t pick a “beginner course.” Well, because I’d rather be in the Pittsburgh Marathon atmosphere than any other.

I’m running the Pittsburgh Marathon because I want the challenge and I adore that it’s such of a family weekend! And, you’d love it to.

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Friday Five: 5 Reasons I Chose To Make Pittsburgh My First 26.2

Friday Five: 5 Reasons I Chose To Make Pittsburgh My First 26.2

 

Honesty time: I registered for THREE marathons since 2014, and the number I’ve completed is currently….0. I don’t want to say that I felt intimidated or scared of the distance, but as a gal who operates so much on intuition and “gut feelings,” I guess it just didn’t feel right.

When I clicked the “register” button for the 2019 DICKS Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon, it felt exactly right. Check out why.

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