Wednesday, May 9, 2018

2018 Pittsburgh Marathon 5k Race Recap

There are three Pittsburgh races that I truly love. The Pittsburgh Marathon 5k is one of those races. This was my first race back to running in 2012. It is where it all started for me. It's just a super fun event and a great way to kick off marathon weekend.

Flat Steff for the 5k

This year, as in the past, we hosted a We Run Social meet up before the race and just got to chat with friends. It was so nice to see everyone and really celebrate everything. We got to celebrate friendships, accomplishments and most of all, NO RAIN!

What a fun crew!

This race also was very special for Carrie. This is her first race back from having a heart valve replaced back in March of 2017. I have been running races in her honor ever since, and now we were going to run the race together. This race was all for her.

I asked Carrie what she wanted to run. She said we would start at 9 minute pace and go from there. We got in the starting corral at what we thought was the right time. Turned out we were super early. So, all of our friends ended up starting with us and we had a blast. We also found Ashley, who is coming back from injury as well. Pretty much everyone wanted to run with us.


The course was different this year. We went a different direction and circled the North Shore. Not normal! I'm guessing construction but it really doesn't matter. Carrie, Ashley and I lost everyone quite early. It was a little crowded in the beginning. So, we became a party of three and just enjoyed the morning.

Mile 1: 8:39

Okay, a little quick but I let Carrie know and she said it was fine. Okay, let's keep going.

On the first uphill Ashley starts talking to her glutes. I was dying. She was like encouraging them to work. We even sang Living on a Prayer halfway through. What, we were! We got to the water stop and we could see some of our other friends coming in the opposite direction. I felt like the queen of the parade. I'm waving and screaming. I was having a blast. So was Carrie.

Mile 2: 8:23

I turned to Carrie and said these exact words "Well, it looks like we are going to negative split this race". We decided to reevaluate after the bridge. In this race you cross the bridge right by PNC Park. It is a hill and it isn't a baby hill. We got to the top, enjoyed the down and then it was go time.

Ashley was cheering on all of the children who kept stopping. Carrie and I were looking at the dogs. We finally got towards the finish when we heard some of the Oiselle girls cheering for us. Dodie even caught this awesome photo of us!

All in stride <3 

Mile 3: 7:57

I have never negative split a race in my life, and here we are! It was a quick turn and then the finish. We did it! We finished together and had a blast.

Finish time: 26:52.

Carrie and Ashley both felt good, so I did my job. I had so much fun getting to run with two people who inspire me so much. I can't wait to keep sharing miles with them.

After the race we headed down to Point State Park. My friend Montana came up from Florida for the race and has never been to Pittsburgh. It was time to do Pittsburghy things!

I think this was my fifth time running this race and I still love it. I love it a little more each time I do it. The weather was perfect, a little warm but not raining, the crowds were fun and the course was much flatter than in the past.

Disclaimer: I was provided entry to the Pittsburgh Marathon 5k as part of the Pittsburgh Marathon Blogger program. All opinions are my own.


  1. I laughed out loud when I read about you guys singing to Ashley's butt! You guys looked like you were having a blast out there. I'm glad I was able to capture photographic proof!

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