Half Marathon PR Quest – Week 7

Half Marathon PR Quest

The big news this week was that I bit it during my long run. About half an hour into it, I tripped on a root and pinwheeled wildly for a few strides before falling. I put my arm out to break my fall and apart from my pride, I wasn’t hurt. Except the next time I went to demonstrate an exercise to a client, I realized I’ve hurt something in my right shoulder. I’ll live, though.

At least my injuries during training have all been ones I can keep running through without even noticing.

I also tried something new during a training run this week – wearing sunglasses. And I am a total convert.

Half Marathon PR Quest shades

I have never run with sunglasses before, so I was a little skeptical before heading out, but I don’t think I’ll run without them from now on. And judging by your responses when I posted this photo on Instagram and Facebook, I may have been one of the last women standing (running) without eyewear. (For transparency’s sake, I should let you know I was fortunate to be asked to a media day at the new Oakley flagship store on Fifth Avenue, and these custom glasses were complimentary).

Here’s how my workouts went this week of my half marathon PR quest:

Monday: Strength training

Tuesday: Off

Wednesday: Vo2 Max Intervals – an easy warm-up and cool-down, with 5 x 3-minute intervals at a 7:10 pace (2 minute jog recovery) sandwiched in between. I did this on a treadmill, because it was so windy out I thought it would mess with my pace. This workout made me feel pretty awful for an hour or so afterward. The kind of workout where you have to force down something to eat or drink for recovery because your body wants nothing to do with food.

Thursday: Off

Friday: Easy run

Saturday: Long run. I mentioned yesterday this was mentally challenging for me. Obviously falling about a quarter of the way into it didn’t help. On top of that, Roman had been ill during the week, so I’d had a couple of 4 hour night’s sleeps. AND I couldn’t find my iPod, so I was sans distraction. I was happy that despite all this I hit an average 9:05 pace for just over 14 miles, but it still messes with my head to see all those 9’s in my splits when I know I’m looking for an 8:00 pace to get that 1:45 time in the half.

Half marathon PR Quest - Week 7

Sunday: 40 minutes on a bike at the gym, just shy of 12 miles. I actually lost track of time and went a couple of minutes over, because I was so wrapped up in HGTV. I love all the house hunting shows – living in small spaces in NYC makes all those enormous kitchens and bathrooms look like some kind of fantasy land. And it blows my mind when people say a 2,000 square foot home seems ‘small’.

But I digress…

Miles for week: 24.5



Don’t forget you can still donate to the amazing charity I’m running for:

David's House fundraising imageDavid’s House offers support & somewhere to stay for families of children receiving treatment at 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 & shower & 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 & have one less thing to worry & think about while their little ones are being treated nearby. I’m proud to be running 13.1 miles for this charity.



  1. I fell this weekend trying to do a handstand – it was not graceful but I was ok. Ego was bruised a little 😉

    Great job getting out there and pushing through on Sat. It can be really hard when kids have been sick! I’ve been more successful pushing through my (much shorter) runs and am feeling much better about it 🙂
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    • Carly Pizzani says:

      It’s always the ego that hurts the worst!! Even though Roman was fine by the morning of my long run, all the lack of sleep and stress definitely impacted me. Being a mother runner is an adventure!

  2. Oh my gosh those HGTV shows kill me! I love it when they purchase 4 bedroom homes for like $300k! It’s absolutely crazy. I’m so jealous of the kitchens. That is what I want the most!

    Glad you didn’t hurt yourself when you fell! I fell off my bike last summer and ended up fracturing my elbow!

    I like the sunnies!
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    • Carly Pizzani says:

      I KNOW! They’re mini mansions and the host is like, “Oh this one is a little expensive at $250,000!” And then I think of the walk-up studio way out in a borough you’d get for that much in NYC! And don’t get me started on the kitchens.

  3. Funny to read you and Britt’s comments on houses – as someone who lives in the midwest, I think our house is a perfectly normal size (about 3800 sq feet). I love HGTV, too!
    BTW – I don’t wear sunglasses when I run – never have and don’t know if I will even try.
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    • Carly Pizzani says:

      3800 square feet! No wonder you can fit in about 15 Christmas trees! 😉 I felt the same way about sunglasses, for sure. I never saw the point and if it was really sunny I’d just wear a hat. I have to tell you, I would never go back to sunglasses-free now.

  4. It never occurred to me to run (or walk) without sunglasses. You have to protect your peepers.

    Haha! My house isn’t 2,000 sq feet and I know some of the neighbors houses are huge. I wonder who cleans them.
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    • Carly Pizzani says:

      The cleaning would be a NIGHTMARE. And seriously, aren’t there just rooms that no-one ever goes into? Or is space like money – when you have more, you use more?

  5. Glad you weren’t hurt when you fell! I fell last year right in front of a group of 20 blokes drinking beer…so embarrassing!! I’ve nominated you fro a Liebster Award! —-> http://foodandnonsense.com/liebster-award/

    • Carly Pizzani says:

      Oh, that is not quite the ideal time to stack it, is it? Poor you!! You are so sweet to nominate me for a Liebster. I’ve never done it, but I love reading the Q&A!

  6. Those glasses look great on you! I have yet to find a pair that I can stand for an entire run. Usually after a few miles the sweat gets to me and I end up tossing them in the stroller (if I’m running with the twins) or shoving them up on my head. How did you feel with the sweat factor? What’s the style name of the ones you have?
    Yikes for falling! I hate when that happens. Glad you are ok though! And I hope your shoulder is 100% soon!
    I would LOVE a 2000 sq ft house! My little 1200 sq ft house seems smaller each year (going on 3 years living there).
    I think it is a good size for space but not so big you can’t clean it in a day! 😉
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    • Carly Pizzani says:

      Thanks, Esther! I was actually concerned about the sweat – that, and thinking they’d move around a lot. But they didn’t budge, they’re super light and there was no sweat issue. The only downside I noticed is they fog up after my run, when I’m stretching – but not if I take a water break during a run. These are Flak Jacket by Oakley – they’re customized, but only for colors & lenses – the frame is the same if you buy them off the shelf.