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#GameOnPGH: The Recap

As I pinned my Pittsburgh Half Marathon bib on my Runner’s Roost singlet on Saturday night as I was tossing together my race day essentials I had a tingle of remorse. I was supposed to be proudly rocking a Pittsburgh Marathon bib that flaunted my name while stashing road race snacks in my SPIBelt. Instead, I had backed down to the half marathon at the race expo. I kept telling myself it was the right choice...I was grossly under-trained for a full marathon + I had big plans that a race day injury would really kick in the face. Plus, I knew running 13 miles with Lynne would be more fun than running 26 miles alone. I refused to feel guilty for playing it smart! (more…)

By Heidi Kumm, ago
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#GameOnPGH: Taking a Step Back

Okay. We're about to let the #realtalk roll. Phew. Tomorrow afternoon I'm head to Pittsburgh for a few days of harassing Lynne...and partaking in the Pittsburgh Marathon races. Initially I had high hopes for a crazy successful marathon. When I signed up I imagined a strong training cycle with speed work, confident miles, a PR + possibly a BQ. I was optimistic, and a little delusional. And then...reality happened. More than once [all the times?] I opted for rocky trail runs over speedy road runs every. single. time. This lead to a fair bit of "oh crap" moments as the marathon date approached. Today I officially took a step back. My bib has officially been moved from the Pittsburgh Marathon to the Pittsburgh Half Marathon. (more…)

By Heidi Kumm, ago
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#GameOnPGH: Still Running

Cross training is essential for a successful, injury-free race...right?! I sure hope so, because that is currently my game plan for this upcoming marathon. Don't get me wrong, I'm still running! But I'm not running nearly as much as I thought I would be considering how many times I threatened myself + my lack of training during the Steamboat Marathon last year. I've been active + playing outside a lot lately, more often than not with my running shoes on my feet; however, I'm not always doing the whole arms pumping + legs churning running thing while I'm out there. #GameOnPGH, right?! (more…)

By Heidi Kumm, ago
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#GameOnPGH Update: Running…Uphill.

So, running + marathon training. I've actually been doing it, lately. With varying levels of success...but considering everything else going on in my day-to-day life I'm feeling pretty good at where I'm at with running. I've been getting #GameOnPGH 4+ days of running in each week, I've sprinkled in a few days of snowboarding/hiking to spice things up and I feel pretty good about the amount of effort I have to put into my runs, physically + mentally. Not bad, right?! I've only topped out at 12 miles, so far. And while I had a minor "gah, that's not enough" spaz the other day I've done a little counting + scribbling and I feel pretty good about it. My upcoming weeks of training [only 10 left!] are going to look something like this, in terms of long run mileage...14, 10, 16, 18, 14, 20, 22, 16, 14, 12, race day. Seems like a solid #GameOnPGH plan, eh? (more…)

By Heidi Kumm, ago
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The Four Mile Warm-up

I've spent the last few weeks in a mental rut of sorts, but I'm not about to start complaining about that. Instead, let's ponder the cause/solution for my rut. Since I started training for the Pittsburgh Marathon I had not made it past 7 miles in a continuous run. Heck, that one 7 miler I did get in was the longest 100% run/no hiking distance I've gone in...months? Considering a marathon is nearly 20 miles further than my current "longest run" I needed to get my act together! I needed to run...longer. (more…)

By Heidi Kumm, ago
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Running The Numbers: Zero.

My story-worthy runs are very rarely the picture perfect, everything-went-as-planned, no-misery-could-be-found events. Nope. Those runs are boring. Or at least I think they are -- it's been a very long time since I've had one of those runs! Instead my runs usually come with random bouts of drama, excitement or whining. Either I'm squishing a run into a tiny window of time or I'm getting lost in random Denver neighborhoods or it's just too damn cold...there's always something keeping any given run from being spot on perfect. (more…)

By Heidi Kumm, ago