Pittsburgh by Foot – Our Own Personal Turkey Trot!

Hello friends!

I’m back in Chapel Hill and had a great rest of the weekend in Pittsburgh. In addition to eating lots of delicious food, relaxing, watching movies, and socializing, I also got a great run in with Matt and my dad on Thanksgiving morning!


Blue skies in Pittsburgh?! Shock! We must have brought the Carolina Blue with us. :)


My parents were staying at a hotel in downtown Pittsburgh, so Matt and I decided to make the trek in to the city for our turkey trot after all — just later in the day. We made it down there for the run about 11:30 a.m. I was glad we waited — it was pretty cold and gray in the morning but by the time we arrived, the sun had burned off all the clouds.


My dad, Matt and I ended up running just over 6 miles. We headed over one of the many bridges and to a trail that went along the river. It was really pretty — although the lower trail that we were going to run on was totally flooded! I guess there’s been a lot of rain here lately. Luckily there was an upper trail that we were able to run on instead.



The first four miles of the run were ROUGH for me — my legs were really tired from the combination of yoga on Wednesday and standing at a bar until 1:30 a.m. on Wednesday night. Now I remember why running in college used to really suck. Too many late nights in heels! (Well, and hangovers… which luckily was not the problem on Thursday, just tired legs.)

My dad and Matt were ahead for most of the run (yes, I totally got left in the dust), but I ended up feeling better for the last 2 miles and catching up. I could totally tell that I’m trained for a half marathon (longer and slightly slower runs) vs. shorter and faster runs right now. I felt great by mile 5, just when we were nearly done!


Mile splits:

  • Mile 1: 9:33 (trying to figure out where the trail had gone!)
  • Mile 2: 8:36
  • Mile 3: 8:52
  • Mile 4: 8:51
  • Mile 5: 9:16 (stop lights, etc. — back in the city)
  • Mile 6: 8:52

Total distance: 6.06 miles. Total time: 54:29. Average pace: 9:00 min/miles… though this included wandering around trying to find the trail (that was underwater), so our pace when running was faster. :)

We stopped around mile 4 to take some pictures. Beautiful views!


Great run. Served well to peak our hunger before the epic feast later that day!

Exactly one week until the Vegas half marathon!!! Bring it, Vegas. I’m ready for you. :)

I just got back into town at midnight last night (stupid delayed flight out of Chicago — because flying through Chicago when trying to get from Pittsburgh to Raleigh makes so much sense…) and I’m heading back off to the airport now to pick up a college friend! She has a work even here in Chapel Hill later this week and is coming a couple days early to hang out. Yay. :) We’re thinking of hitting the hiking trails later today — it’s a beautiful day here in NC!


  1. 1

    What great weather for a run! My inlaws live in Pittsburgh and you’re right, more often than not, the sky is gray, not sunny!

  2. 2

    Its so cool to see pics of the city! So glad you enjoyed it here, and we did have awesome weather!!

    How awesome you are running in Vegas next weekend! You will kick butt!!

  3. 3

    Isn’t Pittsburgh beautiful? I love all the bridges. Glad you had a good run! And about the rain, PA has had some insane flooding these past few months. We’ve had highways under water in the middle of the state about a month ago, it was crazy!

  4. 5

    That sounds like a good run to me! And good luck in Vegas, I’m sure that will be such a cool race!!

  5. 6

    So glad you all got a run in on Thanksgiving Day. I was so busy with people total of 50 that I didn’t get a chance to do my daily walk. I made up for it Friday and Saturday. Good luck in Vegas, we will be pulling for you.

  6. 8

    Good luck in Vegas! I hope to get there next year for my first trip to Vegas ever! Win lot’s of money!

    The weather in Pittsburgh looks beautiful!

  7. 9

    Hehehe, I am so glad your dad and matt got to bond while running :)

  8. 10

    Such gorgeous pictures of the city! And what a great start to the day. :D

  9. 11

    Pitt is beauuutiful! I’ve never been, but one of my best friends goes to the university of pittsburgh and LOVES it.

  10. 12
    Adventurer says:

    Looks like an awesome run, Anne. Well done. The City of Bridges is beautiful, isn’t it!? Good luck with prep this week; have a great one tomorrow!

  11. 13

    I did my own ‘turkey trot’ on Thanksgiving too..then met up with my family for a walking trot! Such a good way to get out and see the city!

  12. 14

    Oh this post makes me so homesick for the ‘burgh!!

  13. 15

    Wow, I never thought of Pittsburgh as a pretty city, but you’ve made it look like one! And how cute to get a workout in with your two men :)

  14. 16

    Looks like so much fun. I loved running in Pittsburgh! My boyfriend’s parents live there as well and we ran the half marathon last year, it was so awesome running over all the bridges! you should totally run it if you’re looking for an great half. we’re running it again in 2012 and can’t wait. Love that city.

  15. 18

    So glad you got a beautiful day to run in our pretty city!

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