Today my son, husband, and I participated in The Great Race. My son and husband ran the 5k, and I ran the 10k. For me, this was my 4th year, 3 were in the 5k, and this year. It is always a lot of fun, despite the massive amount of runners, second in Pittsburgh to The Pittsburgh Marathon, which runs in May each year.
Since we were running both distances, and the start is at different times (8 am for the 5k, 9:30 for the 10k), the three of us went together, picked up a few friends along the way who were also running the 5k, and then I watched them walk off toward the shuttles to the start around 6:30. I went into the McD’s and sipped my coffee and ate a breakfast bar while waiting until the 10K friends arrived for our big photo and to board the shuttles to the start.
It was a beautiful morning. Not too cold, but a little chilly. We had our picture and nearly got right onto the shuttle to the start around 7:30. The drive always takes a while to the 5k, but was much more entertaining with 6 other people I knew. We chatted and laughed. Then at the start, we headed straight for the porta-potties…those are quickly becoming my favorite place. 🙂
We headed out to wait in the Start chute. At 9, I received texts from the timing powers-that-be that my husband and son had completed their races in 33:08 and 28:30 respectively. Then at 9:30, we listened to God Bless America and The Star-Spangled Banner. Then we were off.
It was a crowded run, so I knew since I do interval running, I needed to get to the side. I picked right, which is different than normal, for some reason I usually end up on the left…not sure why. I ran my run intervals, and walked my walk intervals, except when going downhill and at the last half mile, both those I ran the entire time. I didn’t walk any of my run intervals, and my legs and lungs felt strong. I even got a personal best. It was only 22 seconds off my last time, but hey, 22 seconds is 22 seconds.
Then hubby, son, and I went to see the big “rubber” ducky moored by The Point in Pittsburgh. It’s across from PNC Park (where the Pirates play) and has been all the rage since he sailed into town on Friday night. They even had a big welcome party.
Here my son and I are posing with the big guy. It looks like he’s whispering in my ear, but he’s really pretty far away from me.
Then we finished up our visiting time in Pittsburgh by walking a little further to see the newly renovated fountain at The Point. It’s beautiful. I’ve never been there at night to see it all lit up, but I hear that’s even better of a show.
This shot just makes me laugh. The duck is so big, you can see him from far away. Someone likened him to the Cracken…and being who I am, I’m running with it.
I hope everyone had a wonderful week. I hope if you have some free time you’ll visit Beverly at How Sweet the Sound and don’t forget to check out some of the other contributors to Pink Saturday.