The Pittsburgh Marathon weekend is finally here! Since 2012, I have been a part of the weekend as a runner. In many ways, it started my running “career” and I haven’t looked back every since! The Pittsburgh Marathon both my first ever half marathon and full marathon. There truly is nothing like running your first in not only an amazing event like this one but also your hometown race. Since 2015, I have also been so grateful to represent the marathon as an official blogger. I truly have so much love for this race, so it’s easy to share what it means to me. As we started this amazing weekend, I wanted to share my top 5 Pittsburgh Marathon moments. I hope everyone running, volunteering, cheering or just helping celebrate some amazing accomplishments, has an amazing and memory filled Pittsburgh Marathon weekend!
5 – When I first started running in November of 2011, I decided I would give it a go at a 5k. When I finished that race, my immediate thoughts went to signing up for a half marathon. It only made sense to me that I run my first half marathon on my home course of Pittsburgh. Unfortunately, I really had no idea what I was doing and I got hurt about 4 weeks before the race, but it was still an amazing time to be a part of such an event. It’s still crazy to me that I’ll be running my 40th half marathon in 2 days on the same course that started this crazy quest for me.
4 – In 2014, I ran the Pittsburgh Marathon relay. I ran the last leg, finished, changed and got on my bike to head up Liberty Ave to meet Lauren B and Jeff. Lauren was running her back-to-back marathons by finishing Big Sur Marathon the weekend before and setting out to finish Pittsburgh that year. I caught them coming down the hill around Church Brew Works. I ended up biking along side of them as long as I could before I had to veer off right before the finish line. While those miles were so much fun, it was really around mile 25.6 that was the best moment. All of a sudden, Lauren had a bag of pretzels in her hands and couldn’t get enough of them. I think at this point she probably was happy to stroll into the finish enjoying these pretzels. Jeff wasn’t having any of that, grabbed them and handed them to me to hide from her and then Lauren wasn’t having any of that. It was truly one of those moments that still makes me laugh. Lauren pushed on (without her pretzels) and did an amazing job of finishing her back-to-back quest!
3 – Since 2015, I have had the lucky title as charity runner. I picked Our Clubhouse as it was an organization very near and dear to my heart. In these 3 years, I have been able to raise over $6,600!!! WOW! All of that is because of YOUR support!! This is an organization that does amazing work and can keep everything FREE to every member because of this type of fundraising. In fact, I have 2 more days to bring in money so PLEASE, PLEASE if you haven’t yet donated, please consider making that quick $10 donation TODAY by going right HERE!
2 – Last year, I had the crazy idea to follow Lauren B’s foot steps and run back to back marathons. I had run the Hall of Fame Marathon the weekend before Pittsburgh. It was crazy. It hurt and it was emotional, but it was nothing like be there step for step with Lauren H on her FIRST marathon! It was an amazing day! We ate popsicle, took lots of selfies and probably cursed the miles many times, but it was all worth it. As we crossed the finish line, I looked over and saw Jeff putting the medal around Lauren’s neck and no matter how much pain I was in, it all went away being able to be there for a moment like that. Lauren crushed her first marathon and it was a day I know I’ll never forget!
1 – For me, my top moment was when I crossed the finish line of t he 2015 Pittsburgh Marathon and earned the title of Marathoner. I had put in so many hard weeks of training and come race day, it all went out the window. I knew my mile 7 that the race itself was not going to be what I wanted. However, I dug in and pushed myself to the finish. Coach Jeff was there with me every step of the way and I was so thankful for that. There were definitely times where I wanted to curl up and give up, but I didn’t. That day taught me a lot about myself and since then, I’ve gotten to cross the marathon finish line 7 more times and even got to boost that marathoner title to ultramarathoner in 2016. This race and those 26.2 miles might always be my top Pittsburgh Marathon moment!
What is your favorite Pittsburgh Marathon moment?