Competitor Staff Tackling 30-Day Fitness Challenge

Associate editor Caitlyn Pilkington, right, celebrates her new half-marathon PR with her sister, who qualified for the Boston Marathon on Sunday at the Carlsbad Marathon & 1/2 Marathon.

Day 13: Sunday, January 19

Brian Metzler, Editor-in-Chief:  Third straight day of spinning. I’d love to just head out for a run but I’m afraid the spin bike is going to have to be my best friend for a little while longer.

Mario Fraioli, Senior Editor: After a late night of assembling a new set of bookshelves (starting such a project at 8 PM on a Saturday night is never a good idea) and an early morning of racing-related work, I snuck out just after 10 AM for a quick 5-miler from home. My legs were feeling a bit worked from all the climbing and descending yesterday, but I was able to keep a pretty solid pace without much undue effort.

Caitlyn Pilkington, Associate Editor: I blasted to a new PR of 1:36:16 at the Carlsbad Half Marathon. This was my first time running watch-free (thanks, Mario!), so I ran solely by feel and the energy that the racing community brings. I was more surprised at how far my fitness has  come since I started erring on the side of “conservative” running (in relation to what I usually did—too much, too fast) than the actual time. Sub-1:40 used to elicit thoughts of vomit, passing out and complete exhaustion at the finish; I thought I was not in that kind of shape. Turns out I just want a 1:35 before the end of the year. Plus, my sister (pictured with me above) ran a 3:30.25 BQ in the full!

Jason Devaney, Associate Web Editor: A productive swim practice Sunday night with my coach closed out the weekend — and it made me feel better after seeing the Patriots lose to the Broncos in the AFC Championship game. We swam for an hour and it was the best I’ve ever felt technique-wise. Now that I’ve tightened up my stroke, it’s time to start adding some yardage as I get ready for the upcoming triathlon season.

Allison Pattillo, Contributing Editor: I ran for about 90 minutes on road, sidewalks and snow covered trails. It was a beautiful afternoon and also blissfully quiet — I think everyone else must have gone running before the playoff games! Finished up with some stretching and core work.

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