We are an Official Blogger for the 2017 DICK’S Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon. We received a complimentary race entrance fee and an invitation to VIP event. No other compensation was received and all opinions are my own.
I am absolutely thrilled to announce I’ve been selected as an official blogger for 2017 Pittsburgh Marathon! Can you believe it? This was such an amazing email to receive after applying back in October. Why? Because my husband & I have participated in this race for the past 6 years and we planned on pounding the streets through the Steel City (affiliate link for a great Pittsburgh Travel Guide!) for a 7th time this coming May. Not only are we running, but I can share my training journey with you as I prepare for the big day.
If you went back in time oh, say 1997-1998, you would have found me training for my first marathon- The Steamtown Marathon. I ran and ran and ran some more. I suffered through a horrible bout of ITBand problems, but come race day, I loaded up on the bus to the start line. It was a miserable, cold and rainy day. I slogged through 13 miles before someone in the medical tent walked up to me asking if I was okay. I assured them I was, but they thought otherwise and pulled me from the course, wrapped me in a mylar blanket and promptly sent my blue-lipped self onto the heated shuttle. It was then I noticed my teeth chattering as I looked around at a packed ride of shivering runners being sent to the finish line. I felt defeated and vowed to someday return to finish what I started.
Pittsburgh Marathon Completed!
Fast forward a few years. I was searching for another marathon to do with my husband and came across the NYC Marathon. I was ready to sign up until I noticed it was a lottery. It would have completely sucked if one of us got in and the other didn’t, so I kept searching. That’s when I found the Pittsburgh Marathon. It was perfect- we could visit with family and run through streets that were familiar. So we signed up and started training. Being from Upstate NY, winter can be pretty harsh, and that year was no exception. Both of us logged so many miles on the “dreadmill” that we eventually broke it. I had nagging ITBand problems again and never finished a long run that was more than 12 miles.
But, being my stubborn self, I lined up once again on race day and set out to finish. I can still remember making my way through Northside and my sister-in-law cheering me on. She asked me if I wanted her to call my mother-in-law to come and get me- and I said, “NO! I AM FINISHING.” and I set down the hill toward the Strip District. My husband had already finished and was calling my cell phone encouraging me to keep going. By the time I reached the finish, it was pretty much packed up, but I cried crossing that finish line knowing I did it.
That was the beginning of my journey to the Pittsburgh Marathon- but that is not the end! I will share more past stories and experiences and how my training is going for this year’s race. I hope you will join me in following along with my progress because it is Game On Pittsburgh!
Are you thinking of becoming a Runner of Steel? You should totally do it! You can save $10 off your registration for the Marathon or half marathon with my special code PUGLIANO17. Yeah, it’s $10, but that can buy you a celebratory finish beer and wings!
Follow along on my Instagram account @Kpugs and the hashtag #GameOnPgh for more posts for this year’s event.