When Collin and I decided to postpone our move to Cape Town by two months, one of my first “I wish I would have known!” thoughts was “I could have signed up for the Pittsburgh half marathon!”
I was really sad when I saw that the registration was already closed, and Collin did that guy thing of “I hate seeing you upset and thinking I could conceivably held responsible, I must try to fix this!” So he found the work-around of running the half marathon to sponsor a charity. So I will be running the Pittsburgh half marathon on May 6, half-crossing something off my bucket list. And raising money for charity (although only because I have no other choice), so I have another reason to be half smug.
The charity I’m sponsoring is Girls on the Run, which “encourages preteen girls to develop self-respect and healthy lifestyles through running.” Basically, they run fun programs for young girls that train them to run a 5k. To be totally honest, I pretty much picked this charity because it was the first one Collin pointed me to that was lady-specific, but I do think their mission statement is pretty awesome. Something I am still unreasonably proud of is that when I was in the fifth grade I ran the fastest mile of any girl in my school (and, I always obnoxiously add, the second-fastest time of any KID in my school). So having found some amount of self-respect through running as a preteen girl, it feels good to pay it forward.
I need to raise $262 dollars (I have no idea where that number comes from, I’m just going with it), so I would tremendously appreciate contributions, no matter how tiny. To donate, go here!
But wait, I’m not just begging for money! I’m also begging for training advice. I know a lot of you have already trained for distance races, and I’d love to hear any wisdom you may have to share. Should I follow my long run day with a rest day or an “active recovery” day. How do I work strength training into my schedule? How can I improve my performance on hills? What should I be eating? Am I really going to screw myself over if I get drunk two days before Race Day? How can I manage my crowd anxiety at the start line? PLEASE ADVISE!