If you’ve read my blog for more than a day, you know I love Pittsburgh. I have grown up here my entire life, and leaving was never an option. Even having job opportunities out of state, I would never leave. The Pittsburgh Marathon showcases all that Pittsburgh has to offer. There are three rivers, countless bridges, an amazing skyline, inclines, waterfront shopping and dining, three amazing sports facilities, and endless amounts of things to do. One of my favorite things in the summer is going on our boat cruising down the rivers. It’s one of the best feelings.
People may try to compare Pittsburgh to other cities, but it can’t happen. Pittsburghers stay together, that’s for sure. You can basically go anywhere and find a Steelers bar. IN fact, my brother in law went to Rome and found one. The city of Pittsburgh sticks together for sure, and that’s why I love the Pittsburgh Marathon.
I haven’t run it every year, but the year I didn’t, I was still down there cheering everyone on! I promise you, you will be inspired, motivated, moved, and touched by all the runners. You will see some out for fun, some out to win, some crying over making their goal, but excitement is all around.
I am excited for this race, as well as nervous. Aaron asked me why I was nervous, and I guess I always feel like I’m letting people down when I don’t get the time I want and making them wait around for me (definitely not the truth and no one would ever complain I took too long!). Obviously it’s crazy because many people would never dream of running a half! I’m out there running it! But, I’m also nervous this year for my little one. I know running while pregnant is safe, and many, many do it. In fact, someone just ran Boston well into their third trimester. However, I’m not any of those people so this is a huge feat for me, but that doesn’t mean I’m not scared! I’m scared I won’t be able to finish, or that something will happen.
With that in mind, here are my goals for the race:
- I want to have fun.
- I want to stay healthy and safe.
- I want to be ok with any time that I see when finishing.
- I want to enjoy the bagels after finishing.
- I want to finish.
- I want to take it easy when hard parts come up instead of pushing myself too much.
- I want to be happy with giving it everything I have while still keeping my baby safe.
That’s really it. My goal (prior to finding out I was pregnant) was 2:00. My PR is 2:13, but I wanted below 2, and closer to 1:45. Obviously, those times dropped and I am fine with it. When I ran my 12 miles, I ran it in 1:50, so I could absolutely get my 2:00. However, I stopped my Garmin at every rest stop. I may end up doing this during the race, too, just so I know what I technically ran it in, besides stopping and waiting at least 10 minutes at every rest stop
I’ve had so many people (including ALL OF YOU!) cheering me on for this and I can’t thank you enough! Your comments and love you give me have made me feel incredible. I am excited for this race, and nervous, but more excited! It looks like it should be a great day, but really, if I’m running- it’s always a great day!
Make sure to follow me on Instagram and check in on how I did! Feel free to send me messages during the race to keep me going, too 😉