Pittsburgh Kids Marathon – Guest Post!

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Currie, my 4 year old daughter, ran the Toyota of Pittsburgh Kids Marathon. It was all part of the Pittsburgh Marathon weekend extravaganza and she had an excellent experience. This was her 4th race, but first time racing the 1 mile distance. I was able to sit down with her after the race to talk about her preparation and how she felt about the race. Here’s what she had to say:

Me: How did you feel when I asked you if you wanted to run the Kids Marathon?

Currie: Good! I was excited. Running is exciting!

Excitedly bouncing and blurry!

Excitedly bouncing and blurry!

Me: Did you do anything special to prepare for this mile long race?

Currie: Well, I was exercising before it.

Dancing is great exercise!

Dancing is great exercise!

Me: What do you like to do for exercise?

Currie: I like to gallop sometimes! I like to jump! And I like to run too! I like to ride my balance bike and my pedal bike too. I love my scooter and my yellow helmet.

Me: Can you tell us about your race day outfit?

Currie: Well, it said Oiselle on it, my shirt. My pants were black. My arm warmers were stripey and they are actually leg warmers that I put on my arms! I wore my green coat before the race. I wore my boots because they were fancy.

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Those boots!!

Those boots!!

Me: What did you have for breakfast on race morning?

Currie: I had Cheerios. Then a piece of sugar toast. {“sugar toast” is toast with butter, sugar and cinnamon.}

Me: How did you feel at the starting line?

Currie: Good and warmed up. (warmup provided by Jeff Eggleston and Heather Kampf. Very fast and wonderful people!)

Jeff and Heather, getting the kids pumped and warmed up!

Heather and Jeff, getting the kids pumped and warmed up!

Me: What did you think about the course?

Currie: Um, kind of curvy and stuff. It was a little hilly up on the bridge. Then I felt like I was going to burst when I was going downhill!

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Me: Did you feel tired at the end or at any point during the race?

Currie: No.

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Me: What did you do after crossing the finish line?

Currie: I got a medal and water. Then I got food. I made a smiley face cookie at the Eat’n Park tent. They had a bounce house that was made into stuff you could crawl through and slide down and climb up! I got some plants from the Giant Eagle tent!

Runner of Steel!

Runner of Steel!

Me: Would you recommend this race to other kids?

Currie: Yes.

Me: Any advice for people who want to run next year?

Currie: Stay on the track.

I was more excited about this photo than Currie. Clara Santucci would go on to win the marathon the next day. Had the extreme pleasure to spend some time with Clara this weekend and am an even bigger fan than before. Sweet and humble with a competitive heart. What an inspirational woman!

I was more excited about this photo than Currie. Clara Santucci would go on to win the marathon the next day. Had the extreme pleasure to spend some time with Clara this weekend and am an even bigger fan than before. Sweet and humble with a competitive heart. What an inspirational woman!

Athletes are the only "celebrities" I can about. Lucky enough to hang out with these fine athletes over the weekend. Jeffrey Eggleston, Andrew McCutchen, Heather Kampf, Clara Santucci.

Athletes are the only “celebrities” I can about. Lucky enough to hang out with these fine athletes over the weekend. Jeffrey Eggleston, Andrew McCutchen, Heather Kampf, Clara Santucci.

 Big thank you to Kristy for inspiring this guest post!

29 thoughts on “Pittsburgh Kids Marathon – Guest Post!

    • Thanks Laura! I know… we planned to wear matching Saucony shoes, but she changed her mind at the last minute!

  1. I cannot tell if I commented so feel free to delete this one if it appears five times. Anyways, I’m so happy for her and she is just too cute. This was one of the best blog posts I’ve read in a very long time.

    • Haha, only one comment, Hollie! That happens to me sometimes too!

      This was easily my favorite post to write and experience IRL!

  2. I still can’t believe that I missed you guys running directly in front of me. Grrrr.

    This is so awesome! I love that Currie ran and that she had fun and loved it. Not to mention, the girl did it in very stylish boots!

    Great job Currie!

  3. A huge congratulations to Currie! She is such a mini you in the race photo, and I love her ‘arm warmers’!
    This is probably the best post I’ve read in weeks.

    • Thanks Abby! Yes, she thought it was so cool to wear her leg warmers on her arms. I thought it was a good idea too!

  4. I loved the guest post :-) She is so adorable! And, it sounds like she had the greatest experience. She is going to be an inspiration just like you!

  5. I love her outfit! She looks like a professional. And the boots just make it look cool :) Great job Curry! Looking forward to your next race recap.

  6. I love that she wore the boots to run. I am “preparing” my 5 yr old daughter to run a mile race later this month, and I am expecting the same wardrobe type issues. They have a mind of their own at this age. Thanks for posting this. You are a great inspiration to your daughter and it shows that she is going to share your passion for running.

    • Yes, I figured she might as well wear what she wants because the race should be fun! :) Nevermind that she has saucony running shoes and I wore mine specifically so we could match. :)

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