Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Tuesdays on the Run: Bucket List Race

The theme for this week's Tuesdays on the Run with PattyErika, and Marcia is all about the bucket list race.  I've given some thought at different times about where I would love to run.  I've toyed with the idea of attempting to BQ (which, if I don't get any slower in the next 30 years, I could totally do by the time I'm 60!) or enter the lottery for Chicago or NYC.  At the same time, I've also been realistic about my aversion to huge crowds of people as well as being a little bit of a homebody.  With all this in mind, the one race that sits on my bucket list is the Pittsburgh Marathon.

Courtesy of Pittsburgh Marathon website
Besides a very short time after college, Pittsburgh has always been my hometown.  I know the different neighborhoods that make up the city and have run through a number of them.  I think this is one of the reasons for such a strong PR last year in the Pittsburgh Half Marathon (10 minutes!).

I've also found that races tend to be more fun with friends.  Since the race is local, several of us join in the Saturday 5K as a shake-out run followed by spending the afternoon at the expo.  And after the race on Sunday, we head to lunch to refuel and relax.  We make the most of race weekend!

In addition to those of us running, our families are able to come out and cheer us on.  During my marathon in Akron, my wife wasn't able to spectate due to our daughter being too young to be in large crowds.  Since this will no longer be the case in May, my wife is already planning the sign is she going to make!

Yes, I know, I'll be crossing it off this May and will then have to find a new bucket list race, but until then, it's going to sit on the list until I hit the finish line.

What is your bucket list race?

Happy running!


  1. I've never run in Pittburgh, it looks like an awesome race that I may need to add to my bucket list! Hope you enjoy!

    1. You totally should! Especially if you have never visited, there are lots of things to do in addition to the race.

  2. I always wanted to do Pittsburgh
    marathon too. Since it was within a few hrs of my parent's place but I have heard that the course is pretty hilly. I don't know if I am up for that challenge.

    1. With all the bridges, the hilliness is a little sneaky but the great views of the city and rivers makes up for it.