I first began running in 2008 when I got the news about registration opening for the 2009 Pittsburgh Marathon.  The race was coming back to our city for the first time since being canceled in 2004.  The marathon was always such a big event in our city.  Thousands of runners would participate in the event from all over the world.  I remember as a kid going to the Southside with my family to cheer on the runners as they passed by.  I thought that it was amazing that those runners could go such a distance (26.2 miles). How can that be possible?  I would soon find out for myself.

After running the half marathon in 2009, I decided that 2010 was going to be my year to test my endurance and register for the full marathon.  I began my 18 week training program in the winter and followed it consistently.  Running the Pittsburgh Marathon - Finish LineSometimes it was not easy going out in the cold and snow, but I was determined.  I kept track of my miles in a weekly planner.  By increasing my miles each week I finally ended up with 42 miles on the 16th week.  It was enough to get me to the finish line. Race day came and I am proud to report that I accomplished the marathon successfully, and actually much faster than I anticipated.  This was one of my greatest accomplishments.  I enjoyed the race, scenery, people, entertainment along the course, and the enthusiastic crowd support.  I can not wait to do it again.

Preparing for the race

Some of the necessary things I used in training that I never left home without are:

-In the winter this is very important because you are running outside, and are at a great risk for Hypothermia.

-Moisture wick apparel keeps the moisture away from your body.

Lip Balm-This was definitely a necessity in the cold winter months and in warm weather as well.

-I downloaded some of my favorite music to keep me motivated.

- Staying hydrated is very important even in the winter.  I would use it for Gatorade & water.

- On weekends, I would go out for long runs between 12 and 17 miles. The drawstring back pack was light weight and easy to carry snacks I would need to take along to stay fueled.

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