Today’s 5k race was the first part of the Pittsburgh Marathon Steel Challenge. For the past few years, the Pittsburgh marathon has had the 5k the day before the marathon, half and relay events on Sunday. Lots of people always used the 5k as their shake out run and finally this year, they announced the official Steel Challenge. By racing both days, you get not only each race medal, but a special 3rd medal. Of course it was a no brainer to do both days. I would have done a shake-out run to calm the nerves this morning anyway.
It was an early morning as Mike picked me up around 6:45am. We headed into town and quickly met up with most of the others: Steff, Lauren H, Jeff, Nathan, Gloria and Sarah. Poor Nathan, the Florida boy was wrapped in a light fleece blanket. It wasn’t THAT cold, but I don’t think he can handle anything below 70 degrees. We slowly started making our way toward the start line area where Steff was hosting a Pittsburgh Running Blog meet up.
Slowly people started showing up for the meet up and it was great to meet people I haven’t met up and even see old friends I haven’t seen in awhile!
There were so many great people to meet before the race! Just before heading to the start corral, we got one last group picture.
The goal of this ‘race’ was to run as slow as possible. I had a hard time calling it a race, because I needed to go slow, take my time and not do anything stupid since tomorrow is really the day that counts. A few people had some fast goals so they took off toward the front and the rest of us hung back.
I ended up running with Lauren for the entire race and had a BLAST!!! It might have been the slowest 5k I’ve ever run, but it was one of the most fun!! We saw so many people on the course. Just as we we coming up the first half of Allegheny Commons I told Lauren we might be able to cheer on Nathan and Steff soon. Sure enough no sooner than I had said that, they flew right by us!
We seemed to be playing cat and mouse with Sarah and Gloria throughout the course but caught up to them at mile 2. Lauren and I walked when it felt right and ran when we wanted. We had no agenda but to just finish because hey, we wanted not just that medal but the special medal as well.
As finished on the other side of the bridge, I saw Michele, a fellow Our Clubhouse runner. She was out there cheering and supporting on all of the runners. Of course, I had to stop and take another selfie.
After Lauren and I finished, we slowly met up with the rest of the group. I felt fantastic after finishing and knew I didn’t try and push to hard. It was still weird not racing a ‘race’ but at least now I know I can do it.
Official finish time:
177/244, 30-34 Females
I wanted to check out the expo again, since when I went yesterday I was in and out pretty quickly since I just went at lunch. Most everyone came down as well, because who doesn’t want a second chance to spend a lot of money? Immediately when we walked in, some of the Steel City greyhounds were hanging out! They will be cheering everyone at mile 18 tomorrow. This girl stole my heart! This is basically how I will be tomorrow afternoon. She really has the right idea.
Akron Marathon also had a booth and we got to see Andrew again! Last year, Sarah, Steff, Lauren B, Jeff and myself ran the relay as Four Princesses and a Frog. It was so much fun interacting with Andrew and everyone at Akron Marathon so it was nice to say hello again. We have already decided as a group we are headed back and while many will be running the half marathon, I will be bringing a new team of Four Princess and a Frog to the 2015 Akron Marathon Relay.
The rest of Saturday is going to be consumed of a lots of rest, feet up and probably watching some Netflix. There will be a huge group pasta dinner at Steff’s tonight (20+ people) and other than that, I will be using as little energy as possible. Tomorrow is the BIG day. Let’s just hope everything comes together and I can get the job done!