Just A Short Run

Hello and happy Resurrection Sunday! I hope everyone is having a great day today.

Yesterday I ran my fifth half marathon. Woo hoo!


Just A Short Run is one of the Pittsburgh area’s largest races, with about 2,500 participants each year running distances including the 5k, an 8.1 mile, half marathon, and 30K.

It’s time for me to confess: I originally signed up for the 30K, but dropped down the the half marathon a few days before the race because I was under trained. For the past two weeks, I’ve cut my mileage in half, and haven’t done any long runs. I felt bad at first, but I realized that life is all about knowing your limits!

My mom, sister, and I all headed to a park about 20 minutes outside of Pittsburgh for the race in the chilly 30 degree weather. Guess who I got to meet up with!jasr

I finally got to meet Nikki from Life After Swimming. She’s so awesome and I totally wish she still lived in Pennsylvania!

Nikki even stayed after her 5k walk to cheer me on while I ran. jasr2

Thanks Nikki 😀

Race Results:

Time: 1:43:08 Pace: 7:52 Place: 2nd in 20-24 age group

I checked my watch, and it said I ran 13.5 miles, so that would be a 7:38 pace. Not too shabby! It’s not my fastest time (1:39:22) or my slowest time (1:46:16), so I’m pretty happy with how I did considering my fitness level (<— low.. haha), the weather, and the course. Honestly, I just feel happy any time I get a chance to run.

Hannah ran the 5k and rocked it! Her time was 25:26 (8:12 pace) and she was third in her age group.



After the race, I spent pretty much the rest of the day on the couch. Hannah, Jimmy, and I made deviled eggs. I honestly never had deviled eggs until yesterday. For some reason, I was craving them so badly, yet I had never ate them before. Can you crave something that you’ve never had before?!

For dinner, my mom and I made a delicious slow cooker meal that I can’t wait to share with you all. It will have to wait until my next post because going to force myself to do homework and then I’m heading back to church. Have a great evening!

What did you do this weekend?


  1. Great job on the race, and you are NOT out of shape at all! That is an amazing time even if you did have to drop down to the half marathon. I mean really, a half marathon is a great accomplishment. We are having a marathon here in Sept. so I will be registering for that soon and hope I won’t have to drop down, but knowing your limits is important- the 30K will take place next year and the year after and forever, so surely you can do it one day :). You and Hannah both did really well, great day for your family hehe.

    Dying eggs is so fun! I haven’t done it since college but I’ve seen a lot of pictures of 20somethings dying them so I guess it’s still acceptable when you’re not a kid, lol.

    1. You’re doing a marathon in September?! AWESOME! I am so excited for you! I pretty much get excited for your whole life … house hunting… racing… exploring Charleston!

      You’re so right about their always being races in the future. The 30K will be waiting for me next year 😉

      1. Well, I haven’t signed up for the marathon yet, but it was just announced last week so it’s pretty new anyway. Like you, I’m kinda sad I have to miss a half that I really like to do this full, but maybe I can just do that half next year, ya know? Or run the 5K (the half is two weeks after the full). I’m really excited for your half too and everything you have going on :).

  2. Stop it. I had no idea you were running a race. Sure I was super jealous that you guys were meeting but running too. So happy for you. It’s hard to know your limits sometimes and I’m really glad that knew that perhaps a 30k was not in the cards. You have plenty of life time to do a 30k and marathon. I really cannot wait until you do though!

  3. Congrats on the race! It’s probably good you didn’t run the 30k considering your training. It’s also early in the season so if you did that now, what is there to shoot for? Happy Easter chica!

  4. Happy Easter my friend! Awesome job with your race, short(er) BUT sweet 🙂 sometimes those are the best ones we can ask for! A half is still awesome and as Ellie says above this is still early in the season! Oh man loving the egg dying action going on, it’s the simple things in life.

  5. Aw what a fantastic weekend! Your half seems awesome and that’s so cool that you got to meet Nicki! I’m glad you have a great day 🙂

    1. It was a really fun weekend. I loved reading your post about egg hunting with your mom’s family. I’m so jealous they have a movie room and popcorn maker AND that their pastor uses his iPhone during his sermon LOL!

  6. I’m definitely like you as far as dying eggs. I try to get creative and it quickly becomes a one-color egg fest. I’m glad you got to meet Nikki and you did so well on the half despite training intensity! That’s still an awesome time and even though you didn’t do the 30K, you still ran 13.1 miles girl! Be proud because some people cannot even run one mile! Such a great accomplishment. Happy Easter, Allie!

    1. You’re right… 13 miles is still an accomplishment. It’s funny how we tend to downplay the things we do, huh? One day we need to meet. Seriously! We should go to Wegmans and then play with Elmo 🙂

      1. Sounds like a normal and good day to me! And yeah, it’s hard to celebrate little accomplishments when we almost spoil ourselves with big ones.

  7. I think that’s really admirable that you were able to recognize your limits and switch to the half marathon. Even the half marathon sounds intense! I seriously admire runners because it takes a lot of hard work and dedication to be able to run those kinds of distances!

    Dying Easter eggs is so fun! Though I must say, my sisters and I were a little lazy with ours this year as well. Sometimes we go all out and buy fancy tie dye or glitter kits, but this year, our eggs were pretty basic. Oh well, it was still fun! And the deviled eggs sound like a great way to use them up! I hope you and your family had a lovely Easter!

    1. Thank you, Carli! It was such a hard decision… especially for my ego. I knew a few people running the longer distance, so I kind of “looked down” on myself for running the half. But I ran a half marathon… that’s still an accomplishment. Isn’t it weird how we downplay the things we do sometimes?

      I’m jealous that you and your sisters have done such cool egg dying in the past! I have never even seen or heard of glitter kits and stuff. I totally would be more creative if I did that! Maybe next year 😉

  8. Congratulations! You did great! Hope you had a good Easter:-)
    Yesterday was a relaxing day, attended a family dinner with BF´s parents and grandparents, where I ate too much food 😛

  9. You got to meet Nikki?! FUN! Love that picture of you two! 🙂

    Congrats on your time, girl! No surprise at how well you did. 🙂

  10. GREAT job on your race!! Low fitness level and still a speedy time!?! WOWZA!! Great job to Hannah too. I am so jealous you and Nikki met!! GAH!

  11. I love that you had to scale back and do the half marathon rather than the 30K. I probably couldn’t walk a half marathon, let alone run one in an awesome time. Amazing!!

    Also, did you like deviled eggs?? I totally know what you mean about craving something you’ve never had.

    And we’re on the same page in regards to decorating Easter eggs too. One color dye for me, for sure. Let’s call it ‘classic’!

  12. I’m impressed that you even signed UP for a 30k!! And this is your 5th half marathon?! Congrats!! I hope that after my first, I’ll catch the half marathon bug and be crazy enough to sign up for more 😛

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