Thursday, May 7, 2015

How to Run a Half Marathon without Training (Pgh Half Recap)

Hubby and I ran the Pittsburgh half marathon with virtually no long run training. Want to know how we did it? Just follow these easy three steps.

How to run a half marathon without training

#1. Don't run a half marathon without training, it's a really bad idea.

#2. Seriously, don't attempt this. It is a completely bonehead move.

#3. I mean it, running a half marathon is hard. You should totally train.

File this blog post under do as I say, not as I do. Here is how I did it.

1. I (quote) forgot (unquote) to train.

2. Three days before the race I recruited someone to run with it with me who was even less trained than me (enter Hubby).

3. I ate cheesy bacon fries ( I know, right?) and drank a beer while sitting in a bar at 10pm the night before the race. Bad idea, right? I know!

4. I went to bed in my hotel room way too late. I slept like $hit.

5. I thought the race started at 8am when it really started at 7am. I didn't realize my mistake until the morning. I slept an hour too late. There was no time for bathroom breaks, breakfast, coffee or walking (or sanity). Good times.

6. I got on a bus that got lost going into downtown Pittsburgh. I experienced the closest thing I probably ever will to a bus-people riot. Don't make these people late for their Sunday morning jobs. They hate marathon runners. Lesson learned (don't take public transportation in Pittsburgh).

7. I sprinted at least a half mile to the start line from the bus drop off. I think I broke a land speed record. Time not officially recorded.

8. I begged a race official to let me in the closed corrals a half hour after they closed.

9. Hubby and I stood in the last row of the very last corral. With 20K people in front of us, we managed to be the very last people to cross the start line at the Pittsburgh half marathon.

10. By the time we actually started the race, I was so relieved to have made it to the start line on time (aka 30 minutes late) that the stress of running 13.1 miles felt like way less stress than getting to the start line.

But seriously. Bad decision after bad decision, I ended up running a pretty great race. Not fast. Not pretty. But Hubby and I did it together and it was one of the most awesome moments of my life, holding his hand as we crossed the finish line.

Have you ever ran a half marathon without training? Or are you much much smarter than me?

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  1. I'm fluctuating between feeling bad for you guys and laughing hysterically. Is that bad?? Hey, you CROSSED THE FINISH LINE. And Ollie is proud. Not that he has any idea what that means, but I'm sure he is. :) Congratulations!!

  2. Wow this is awesome! I know its very special to have your husband cross that finish line with you. Our bodies are magnificent creatures when we need them to be. How are you feeling afterwards?

    1. I feel surprisingly fine. I was a little sore/stuff for a couple days, but back to normal now! :) thank you!!!

  3. This was definitely an entertaining post :) it sounds like a sitcom with everything gyou no wrong, which is funny now but I'm sure stressful then :( but that is a great photo of you guys crossing the finish together!


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