Embracing the offseason

Hey there, I know it’s been a couple of weeks but I decided to spend the last couple weekends enjoying my family and celebrating Thanksgiving. Sometimes it’s nice to step back from something for a little while and just live life.

With that said, I’d be lying to you if I said I was running regularly right now. In fact, the last time I ran was on Thanksgiving morning at my local 5k Turkey Trot where I had a 18 second PR and finally held onto a 13 minute pace for more than one mile. It’s a small victory but I’ll take it. Instead I’ve been spending time with my parents, sisters, friends, and of course Henrik. I recently started dating again so I’m allowing that to take up some time as well. There’s nothing wrong with taking a break, sometimes we need to regroup and truly miss something we’re passionate about so we don’t burn out from over doing it.

I’ve been getting my miles in, but in different ways. Henrik and I walk for 2-3 miles every night and 4-6 on the weekends. A couple of nights a week I try to get down to my gym to spend an hour on the elliptical which usually gets me to 5 miles. I know some people don’t really have an “offseason” and train all year round, and that’s fine. But for me, I get physically and mentally burned out by the time November hits. In an effort to enjoy the holidays with my family and to look forward to next years races these couple of months off of an official schedule are critical for me.

This will also allow me to be fresh by the time half marathon training starts in February. I’ll be running the Pittsburgh Half Marathon again for the 4th time but this time I’m making it more special by running with the American Cancer Society, the charity I ran for in the Chicago marathon almost 2 months again. I’m really excited to be apart of that group and helping out the other charity runners with their training. If you’re able to, please consider donating at the link below. Next weeks post will touch more on running through a charity and why it’s so important to me.

https://www.crowdrise.com/acspitt2018/fundraiser/christinapier1

 

Till next time..

10 miler recap

First of all, I just have to say that I’m so happy this race was on Daylight Savings, that extra hour of sleep was a God send.

Alright back to what I came here to write about. Since I live in the city now getting to the start line entails walking to the T station to meet up with my parents near the start line. This was a nice warm up in addition to some dynamic warm ups. I found the group I wanted to start out with shortly before we started, the 13:00 Galloway pacer (run, walk, run). We started a few minutes late and it was pretty humid at the start. I stuck with the pacer until about mile 3-4, the group was just going to fast for me so I got into my own groove doing 90:30 run walk (90 secs run, 30 secs walk). That seemed to work really well for me.

Around mile 4.4, the exchange point for the relay, I got a text that said I was going at a 13:06 pace which is just amazing for me. As I got closer to mile 5 a woman in front of me tripped and fell so I stopped to give her a hand and make sure she was okay and then saw my parents cheering for me shortly after that. By the time I got to mile 7 it started raining, at first it was just a drizzle, then it started to get heavier. I hate running in the rain but it felt good at that point to cool down a little. I had done so many runs in the rain over the summer and I knew I only had a couple of miles left so I didn’t let it bother me.

I got to the 15k mark and I could hear the thunder as the rain started to get heavier which made me pick up the pace. I got to the final stretch and could see the finish line and one of my running group friends was cheering people on and it was so awesome to have people who already finished come back to keep the rest of the group motivated. I finished in 2:19:18 with a 13:56 average pace, my time last year was 2:27:40 so I got about an 8:22 minute PR. I’m always excited about a PR because it means I’m improving but this was especially important since I didn’t PR in Chicago after putting so much time and effort into that race. Today was a huge victory for my ego and I’m glad I could end the year on a high note.

One of the officers on the course said to me as I ran by her, “Keep going, you’re what makes Pittsburgh great!”

Congratulations to all the runners out there today, whether you ran in Pittsburgh with me, in NYC, Disney, etc. You’re all amazing. Keep going.

Till next time.

Gearing up for the last race of the year

It’s been an incredibly boring week as far as getting activity in goes. It was my last week of recovery and I took full advantage. Although, Henrik and I did walk quite a bit. I was planning on running today but it’s been completely disgusting in Pittsburgh for the last 2 days so I decided to stay in bed and watch Netflix pretty much all day. I don’t feel bad about it either.

My last race of the year is next Sunday and I’m really excited for it, last years finishing time was 2:27 and I’m shooting for a 2:10-2:15 this year. I’m planning on running 5 days this week, nothing too crazy just a 3-5 miles a day at an easy pace. I won’t need to carb load or anything for this one (it’s only 10 miles), which thank God, I’m really trying my hardest to eat healthy.

There isn’t much else to write about this week, so here’s a picture of my sweet Henrik. IMG_7231

 

Till next week!

Post marathon recovery and plans for the rest of October

I cannot believe it’s already been a week since the marathon, where is time going?! I’ve done a lot of reflecting, stretching, sleeping, and eating since last week. I like to celebrate for the entire week after a big race before I get my life together and make healthier choices. You put your body through a lot during training so splurging is always welcomed. I’ve also been sleeping every chance I get which Henrik hates me for because all he wants to do is go outside and play.

Monday-Wednesday were pretty rough. But once I finally got through that and I could finally move normally again, I’ve been walking during lunch and after work (with Henrik of course) and I’m glad I’ve been forcing myself to get up and move. I made the mistake last year of not doing anything for the 3 days after the race and the recovery took so much longer. I’m also so ready to start eating like a normal human again, carb loading gets old real fast and this last week has just been an excuse to stuff my face any chance I get. I went grocery shopping on Saturday and I’m so excited to get back to healthy eats and focus on losing some weight.

As far as what my plans are for the rest of the month they include mostly resting, spending time with Henrik, and exploring our neighborhood. I won’t be doing any running until the last week of the month to give my body a decent break until my next race, the EQT 10 miler, on November 5. It’ll be my 3rd year doing this one and I absolutely love it, it’s not too long and it’s not too short, I highly recommend it if you’re in the Pittsburgh area. This will be my last “real” race of the year. I always participate in the 5k Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving but that’s more of a fun run.  I’m so looking forward to having a social life, or at least the option of a social life, for the next couple months. I’ve literally been training since February with a 6 week break in between the Pittsburgh half and training for Chicago so it’s much needed.

I have a lot of plans for next year that I’ll be discussing in the coming weeks but in the meantime I’ll be documenting my weight loss journey, pupdates on Henrik, and ways to be active that don’t include running since it’s almost offseason!

 

Until next time…

Welcome

Hello there!

I wanted to introduce myself and give you a brief background on me and my journey and why I decided to start this site.

I started running in late 2012/early 2013 to train for my first half marathon, why I decided to just jump into 13.1 and not start smaller is something I’ll never understand. I guess when I saw that the Pittsburgh Half that year was on my 21st birthday I just knew I had to sign up. I was not a fan of running at that time and to be quite honest my training was terrible. I struggled the entire time on race day and could hardly walk afterwards, but I finished and that’s all that mattered to me at that time. I got the “post race blues” after that and didn’t get back into running until June of 2015. Since then I have done three more half marathons, two 10 milers, a few 10k’s and 5k’s, and last October I ran in the Chicago marathon which I am now training for again. This March I became RRCA certified to train others for whatever distance they’re looking to tackle in hopes that my passion rubs off on them.

I honestly never thought I’d be as involved and in love with running as I am now. Running has helped me work through my problems, manage my anxiety, become more confident, and has really given me a sense of purpose in life. I hope you enjoy following along as I share my passion, stories, and my journey to another marathon and beyond!

Till next time..