|Pirates spring training facility in Florida - Pic taken from pirates.mlb.com|
It also feels like a great time to recommit to my own Spring Training which, to be honest, has been lacking in the last months. Luckily, I have some very concrete and urgent things that should underscore my training.
First and foremost, I've got a marathon to run in fewer than 12 weeks. That's right, I've committed once again to run the full 26.2 miles of the Pittsburgh Marathon Course after taking the year off to run the half in 2016. This upcoming marathon will be my first race of that distance since I completed the Marine Corps Marathon in 2015. I love Pittsburgh, I love running through the many neighborhoods on the course of the full, I'm looking forward to the changes in the new course, that will, among other things, take us past the homes of the Pittsburgh Pirates and Steelers on the North Shore, but if I don't really ramp up my training soon, I won't love any of those things come May 7th.
|During my last 26.2 mile venture - Marine Corps Marathon 2015|
My second and most exciting motivator is that I am not merely running this race, I am Running for a Reason as a charity partner for the Miracle League of the South Hills. Yes, I love baseball, and I believe that every child and young adult should have the opportunity to play. The Miracle League facilitates baseball leagues and training camps where all children have the opportunity to play, to learn about baseball, teamwork, and community. They also have a beautiful facility in the South Hills that includes one of the coolest playgrounds I've ever seen in the form of a wheelchair-accessible play structure that is designed to mimic features of Downtown Pittsburgh and PNC park. I highly recommend anyone who has kids, or is a kid at heart, to check it out! As I train for this year's marathon, I will also be raising money so the Miracle League can continue all of their amazing programming for kids and families in our community. Check out my fundraiser at Crowdrise!
|Coolest. Playground. Ever. - photo taken from mlb.com|
|Free Shirt! Woo Hoo!|
Happy Spring Training to all of the baseball fans out there, and to everyone who is gearing up for a Spring/Summer race or another event. Now, time to get up from my computer, and get out there and start training!