The post below is part of a series of posts about the DICK’S Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon weekend of events for which I have been selected to be a 2019 Pittsburgh Marathon official blogger. I’ve received my race registration fee in exchange for promotion of the event. All opinions are 100% my own.
Ahh!!! I could barely contain my excitement when I found out that I had been selected as an Official Blogger for the 2019 Pittsburgh Marathon! The announcement got around on social media a little casually and then the holidays came but now it is time to get to training and telling you all about this year’s journey. I am thrilled, blushing, and blessed to be part of this team of 2019 Official Bloggers for the Pittsburgh Marathon!
Read the official announcement and meet the rest of the team here: Meet the 2019 Official Bloggers
2019 Pittsburgh Marathon Blogger: What Does That Mean?
I’ll be documenting not only my training journey here on mrsgregwillis.com but will also be sharing posts on ‘lil Burghers about ways that the family will be training for and participating in the DICK’S Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon weekend of events (earning another Steel Challenge medal with the 5k and Half Marathon). Watch the official Pittsburgh Marathon blog for my posts, too!
I’ll be encouraging everyone around me to MOVE and be part of the weekend of events (May 3-5, 2019) which really includes something for everyone. There is an expo, a pet walk, a toddler trot, a mile run for kiddos, a 5k, a relay, a half, and a full. Exhausted? Great! Let’s hit the trail together and MOVE Pittsburgh! Bonus, you can save $10 when you register for the Full or Half and use code WILLISDSGPM19 at checkout.
I’ll be training. And obsessing. Yep. I admit. I obsess over my running from January until May. It’s not something that my family ever imagined was in my blood, but it sure is. Instagram is my jam when it comes to sharing my training runs and you’ll also be able to find me at some of the upcoming events:
- Saturday 1/5/19 at 8:30 AM: Marathon Kickoff Training Run
Saturday 2/9/19: Half Marathon Kickoff Training Run (more details to come)
Why This Means So Much To Me
I’ll address this right now – because I am sure I’ll get the questions. Why does being part of this mean so much?
In 2011, I was at my heaviest weight – somewhere over 300 pounds. I didn’t step on the scale because who needs that negativity in their life. What I did instead was lace up a pair of $25 cross trainers and hit the pavement, 30 seconds of running at a time three times a week. I got to the point where I was able to run a mile, then two. Then I ran an obstacle race and a 5k. The running bug hit me.
In 2013, I was him-hawing about running part of a relay or the 5k as a starter to that year’s running goals. I listened to a talk by Patrice Matamoros, Race Director of DICK’S Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon and decided that doing Run for a Reason and running the HALF was what I was going to do. I was eight weeks away from race day.
But I was 30 years into a life that wasn’t healthy – a life fueled by carbs and couch sitting. I needed to make a change that would make a difference in the life of my family, so this was a huge step toward that. When I crossed that finish line on May 5, 2013, a half marathoner, I never wanted to look back. I’d did what I set out to do and I wasn’t going to stop.
Friends and family, I know I obsess. But I obsess because my life, my health and happiness, depends on running. It makes me a better me for my family and has given me over 6 years of amazing memories with my kiddos that aren’t marked by difficulty wanting to exert energy. And if I can instill that, if I can inspire just one more person to MOVE, then I’ve done what I set out to do. And this, being a 2019 Pittsburgh Marathon Official Blogger, is going to help me meet this goal.
So thank you, thank you for letting me share and inspire you. Here is to an amazing training season that starts now and to getting us to MOVE.
PSST! If you’ve read this far and are ready to sign up, make sure you do and let them know I sent you by using WILLISDSGPM19 as your code when you sign up. You’ll save $10 when you do! Register here.