Half Marathon PR Quest – Week 4

Remember I mentioned I hurt my back last week….by sneezing? Two of my clients suggested I never tell anyone that’s how I hurt my back. They thought it was a little…embarrassing. Too late.

This is exactly how I felt after I pulled my back.

This is exactly how I felt after I pulled my back.

Image via Elliott Brown/Flickr

Anyway, that was on Wednesday and I actually went out for a run that afternoon. It felt painful when I was sitting still, but walking and (as it turns out) running felt much better. Every day it’s been better and better – I think I just pulled a muscle. Now it feels pretty close to 100%. Here’s how my week of training went:

Monday: Strength training

Tuesday: Rest Day

Wednesday: I sneezed. Later that day I did an easy 40 minute run, close to 5 miles.

Thursday: Rest Day, although I walked for about 2 hours to and from clients.

Friday: Easy 40 minute run, followed by strength training.

Saturday: 11 mile long run.

Sunday: I was supposed to do 40 minutes of cross training, but I did not. (hangs head)

I’m lovely the perfect running weather we’re having. Mild temperatures, longer days, nice and sunny. I don’t want to jinx it, but I hope it lasts a while. I’m also happy my pace wasn’t affected by the muscle strain – I’m still hitting the paces my coach is planning.

This coming week of training is harder than this week, because there’s a Vo2 Max Intervals workout (excuse me while I hyperventilate into this brown paper bag…


Total Miles for Week: 21


Who I’m running for:

David's House fundraising imageDavid’s House offers support and somewhere to stay for families of children receiving treatment through the Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center. It was founded by the family of David Cyr, a little boy who passed away at age 5, after battling cancer for 3 1/2 years. David lived close to the hospital. When he realized that other families couldn’t go home to sleep and shower and eat – that they had to sleep in chairs, in hospital rooms – he wanted his parents to invite them to come stay at his house. After his death, his family founded David’s House, to realize his dream. Families can sleep, shower, relax, prepare meals and have one less thing to worry and think about while their little ones are being treated nearby. I’m proud to be running 13.1 miles for this charity.



  1. Congrats on your workouts for the week! Loving the spring weather too. I was watching the weather and they said this week there is actually snow coming in some parts of the country. That is crazy! Goodluck on your interval training next week.
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  2. Ha if it makes you feel any better, I pulled a muscle last year from sneezing, and I’m only 24. I couldn’t run for a week!
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    • Carly Pizzani says:

      I feel really bad for you, but…it totally made me feel better to hear someone younger than me had the same thing happen! 😉

  3. I think it is common for people to hurt their back and/or ribs with sneezing or coughing! I’m glad that your back is feeling better. You are still going to be able to fight for that PR!!!
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    • Carly Pizzani says:

      You know the PR was the first thing that entered my mind when it happened! It’s been fine for my runs, but tomorrow will be the acid test – first intervals workout since it happened.

  4. Great job!!! And…I’m sure it wasn’t “just” the sneeze that pulled your back out of whack – it was everything leading up to it, and the sneeze was the proverbial straw 🙂
    You will love those fast intervals! Don’t be scared – just go kill it!!
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    • Carly Pizzani says:

      Thanks Allie – I’m hoping I nail the paces! And yeah, I kind of guessed it wasn’t the sneeze, it just made me feel so decrepit!!

  5. Oh, gosh, don’t be embarrassed. Sneezing is seriously harsh. For real! Of course, I am old so I’m not sure how credible of a supporter I am. 🙂

    It snowed here yesterday. I don’t even know what to think any more.
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    • Carly Pizzani says:

      It snowed here last night, too, Carla! Crazy. And don’t worry, I’m not embarrassed in the slightest. 🙂

  6. I’m sorry to hear you hurt your back (I’m just getting caught up) but not telling people how? That’s odd isn’t it? You are human right? What do they expect? 🙂 I’m sure you’ve already been nominated but I did nominate Fine Fit Day for a Liebster Award. Check it out here http://bit.ly/QcQR6y love reading your stuff!
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    • Carly Pizzani says:

      Awww, thanks Annie. You’re sweet! I know, I think it’s funny I sneezed and seized up, but I don’t really think it’s embarrassing. 🙂

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