Monday, April 20, 2015

There's a New Runner in the Family

This year and last year The Dick's Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon asked me to blog for them.  Just getting the opportunity to run the half and full marathons were a dream come true.  I will never forget telling my sister when we would run together {almost six years ago} that "I would never be able to run one of those full marathon things but if I ran the half, I would be happy."

Four years ago I made a commitment to myself that I would run the half marathon that next year.  Full of doubt and uncertainty I signed up, and three years ago race weekend became my second favorite weekend of the year (and they don't pay me to say that).

Almost every post so far I have said how this year is different.  This year I am employed.  This year I have trained differently. This year I stopped worrying about my time.  This year I am happier.  And this year, Hudson is running too!!

If you follow me on any social media outlet, you know that my 70 lb., year and a half old Goldendoodle is my puppy son and best friend.  Usually where I go, he goes.  He loves his walk, people and other animals so we thought this would be a great year for him to participate in the Purina Petwalk.  Last year he was a little too fast and wild, but this year I think he will do well.  I can't wait.

I think that one of my favorite parts about race weekend is how family friendly it is.  You can run the 5k, half, full, full relay, your kids can run the kids race, and your dog and do the pet walk. {And what is my cat going to do you ask? He's going to nap all weekend and not even realize we aren't with him}  This year, Hudson will be doing the pet walk on Saturday afternoon and I will run the half on Sunday morning.  I have yet to talk my husband into doing a race but he likes to spectate so he's still a part of race weekend.

This Friday, Hudson will be getting his hair cut so his fro is perfect by next weekend.  I think he's ready.


  1. I love this! Various parts of my family are participating 3 races thst weekend. My mom and aunt are doing the 5k, my youngest and I are doing the kids marathon and I and my sister and cousins are running the half!! It's so scarily close now! I love seeing your dog, my dog is almost 16 and not really up for running these days but maybe someday I will have a 4 legged running buddy again :). Good luck in pgh!!

  2. Omg, I love this so much!!! Good luck to Hudson :) see you next weekend.

  3. How cute!! Good luck to you and Hudson on your races this weekend :)