So for training you should be running between 12-14 miles for your long runs and you should be working on your race pace as well. Unfortunately this winter has wreaked havoc on the roads and running outside has been more of a problem than anything. Today I tried to do my long run outside and made it 7 miles and had to call it quits. I felt like I was playing the old 80's atari game where you dodge traffic as you run across the road. The sidewalks were still snow covered and people just seemed to have given up on shoveling.(I can't blame them, it feels like we do this everyday anymore). Needless to say I was more disappointed than anything, but I did take a look at my run and I noticed I was not tired at all. I felt great the whole run and even though I hate treadmill running, it has helped a lot and today showed it. I do tempo runs, intervals and I use the gym to cross train as well. So even though I didn't get in my long run today I am not in panic mode yet. On the plus side it looks as though the weather may be warming up a bit and we will get some good outside running in.
If you are not on schedule I do not recommend trying to cram a lot of long runs in to try and make up for what you missed. The down side to that is you will be more tired when it comes to the race. Just take it slow and add maybe an additional mile that what you normally would for your long run. You still need to get your rest to be ready for race day.
During the next 11 weeks I will take this time to do a few post on the race. I will break down the course for first time runners coming to Pittsburgh, both full and half races. I will give tips on the race and try to make it easier for new runners to come to our great town.
Also while I am counting down Pittsburgh I am still counting down the weeks till Boston. 9 weeks away basically, even though I am not running I still like to countdown to this race just because I know a lot of people running it and I wish them all the best of luck in the world. If there was a year I wish I was running it would be this year. I just think the course is going to be loud and exciting with spectators. I know I will be watching it on a live stream cheering everyone on.
No matter what race you are running in 2014 make it count!
Are you on schedule for your races?