Monday, January 31, 2011


I have been reading a lot of online blogs lately from other runners training for marathons and I thought it would be pretty cool to have one of my own. I love reading about how other people train and it really motivates me reading about their own workouts. I'm excited to start writing about my favorite obsession - running!

First, the name of my blog....RunningWithCorgs

The most important thing to know about me is that I am obsessed with my Pembroke Welsh Corgi, Penny.

Penny turned 1 years old on January 23rd. She recently graduated from beginner's obedience school and joins me for part of much run a couple times a week. She is a very active dog and can't sit still, just like me.

What else do you need to know about me?

I'm 24 and live in a house in Pittsburgh with my husband, Jordan. We just got married this past June. I am a Pre-K teacher, he is an engineer.

Right now, I am training for the Pittsburgh Marathon on May 15th. This will be my 4th marathon. My marathon history:

October 2009 Marine Corps Marathon: 3:18:17

May 2010 Pittsburgh Marathon: 3:33:06 (This was a struggle!)

October 2010 Marine Corps Marathon: 3:13:42

I was reluctant to run Pittsburgh again because of the fiasco last year. I am not really sure if the humidity and rain had to do with it, or if it was just from the stress of moving/starting a new job/raising a puppy/planning a wedding that had to do with it, but I did all the right training and just felt terrible on race day. However, a lot of my friends are running the race and being that I live 8 miles from the race start it would be so easy to get there. Although it is a hilly course, I am setting a high goal of trying to break 3:10.

I am following the Jack Daniel's training plan for marathon training. What I love about it is that it helps me figure out how much mileage to run each week and has good workouts for the marathon distance. All you do is pick your peak mileage (I picked 70, 5 more than last season) and it has you do a percentage of this figure each week so you are not always at your peak mileage. Sometimes I switch the workouts around from week to week, and sometimes I add more miles onto the long runs, but it really helped me last season. Two of my running friends use it, too. Does anyone else follow Jack Daniels?

Welcome to my blog!