Since I am off sailing the high seas, I asked Amanda to put together a post for you all. This winter has been tough with weather and we’ve seen some crazier than normal things in Pittsburgh. Amanda talk about those issues and how she’s had to take each run day by day.
Hey all! My name is Amanda Hardt and I am doing a guest blog post for Pittsburgh City Girl. This year I am running the Pittsburgh full after having run the half for several years. Here’s to taking on Pittsburgh!
Weather lately has been all over the place and yet again, I was fooled by Mother Nature. On Monday, January 22, 2018 I made a grave mistake. Believing that the river trails shouldn’t be as bad since the weather was warm (another 50-some degree day), I decided to take my run from Gold’s gym near Market Square to the Point. After seeing other footprints in some of the mud, I decided that it I would continue on and take on one of my running routes I hadn’t done in a while.
Well I was wrong, and the river trails were horrible. The mud was thick and slick and there was ice all around. I had to unfortunately turn around looking like a fool and head back to “high-ground” so that I could actually run and not be stuck in the mud.
So instead of doing the route I thought I was going to do for my lunchtime run, I decided to head across the bridge over to the North Shore and saw just how bad the trails were.
It was a warmish, cool day and so I opted for a short sleeve shirt and some running capris and I felt comfortable. Although there were some cooler spots along the run, especially under bridges, I was definitely glad to be wearing another short-sleeve shirt for my run in January. (Gotta take advantage of that beautiful weather when you can!)
I decided that I would head down toward the Rivers Casino, then toward the West End Bridge since I wanted to get at least 4 miles in during my lunch break. There were a few other runners out and about so some of the smaller sidewalks got somewhat crowded.
Once I got to the West End Bridge and near the underpass where runners or walkers can continue on the path I decided to turn around and head back to Golds.
There was some elevation along my run, and since my shoes were still coated in mud my feet felt heavier than normal, but overall I felt like it was a good, quick run to get in during my lunch.
I am starting to ramp up my mileage as I train for the full Pittsburgh marathon and have a specific goal in mind. I am excited to see how the rest of this training season goes as I prepare for Pittsburgh and I’m sure you’ll see me around when I’m running with Pittsburgh City Girl for a few weekend runs! Here’s to #10yearsrunning!
Mile 1: 11:59
Mile 2: 9:57
Mile 3: 9:21
Mile 4: 9:44
Overall pace: 10:08 (without mile 1 and getting stuck in the mud = 9:41)