Claim a Mile & Run With Me!


Last year at this time, hubs & I were gearing up to run the Pittsburgh Marathon.  I must be a glutton for punishment, because once again, the roads in the ‘Burgh will be treading by under foot in a few weeks. Yes…we are going back…

Now, as you may recall, I had horrendous ITB problems - iliotibial band – which is the tendon that runs along the outside of your thigh from hip to knee for the non-runners. For those that do run, you know when this puppy gets inflamed there is nothing that you can really do other than rest to let it heal. Not a good thing to have when training for a marathon.

I did the best I could. My longest run was only twelve miles.

Yes. You read that correctly.

12 miles.

And I suffered through miles 20-26.2. I wept like a baby when crossing the finish well over my goal time.

But I finished.

As I wiped the tears from my salt crusted cheeks, I said “Never again.”

Famous last words.

When the email for “alumni” runners came through, I got that butterfly feeling in my gut. The competitor in me said, “Come on! We can do it!”

My knees on the other hand said “Whoaaaaa! Easy there partner. We still remember how that felt. No sir, we don’t want to do that again.”

So the competitor said…”Ok. How about we compromise? We will only do the half marathon. Deal?”

And then Brain chimed in and said “Only if we have company again.”

And so, this year…I will run the Pittsburgh Half Marathon on May 6th.

13.1 miles.

Last year I sent out a note on Twitter and Facebook asking friends to “Claim a Mile” …to virtually run the marathon with me. No money was involved, nothing other than allowing me to write a supporter’s name on a piece of paper and have the miles pass by with my friend.  It was much more fun to “run” with friends with the early miles,  Emotional at mile 11. and after mile 15, I really started to lean on the names on my list. You helped me get through it.

Are you game to Run with Me again this year??

I sure hope so!! I need all the help I can get!

You can leave a comment here with your name & Twitter handle (if you have one) and the mile you would like to “run” with me. Or you can tweet me or send a note on Facebook.




We Can Do It!!!

And just an FYI….I’ll be asking this again over the summer.


Competitor was sneaky. She flipped the game and caught me by surprise….

In October, I will be running another marathon.

oy, vey.



About Kelly Pugliano

Kelly is a freelance writer, photographer and avid runner. Here you will find life stories, favorite entertaining and family tested recipes and motivational tips for the sport & fitness minded. You can also find her creating on her food blog **.

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  1. So in awe of you! I will take mile 10,,

  2. I haven’t ever run a marathon, but it is on my list of things to do. Don’t really want to do it, but I feel like I need to.

  3. You are awesome! Can I have Mile 6? I’m running a half in Worcester MA on June 3 – this is a great idea to do!

    • You are awesome! Can I confess something?? When I am unmotivated to get out the door, I see your pics on IG & it kicks me in the butt! ;)
      You will rock your 1/2, I have no doubt! If you make a list, can I have mile 10?

  4. Denis Youmans says:

    Past halfway, all downhill now

  5. Denis Youmans says:

    I ment to take mile 7

    • 7 and 12.5!! You got it! Your comment was AWESOME!!! I think I’m going to put it on my t-shirt…”EMPTY THE TANK PUGS!!” :)

  6. I remember when you did this last year!! I would love to help out and support you as you run! I will take mile 12 so I can help push you through one of those last miles! You can do it!

  7. Can I take mile 9? That’s always my hardest mile.

    I will think of you while I run for ACS (and Vic) during mile 9 of the Indy 1/2 the day before yours. :)

    • Thank you so much! I know you will do great! Mile 9 has your name on it. For some reason I always have Eminem’s song playing through my head during that mile! ;)

  8. –Can I have mile 3? Xx

  9. I’ll take mile 8! You’re amazing Kelly, seriously.

    • I am soooo glad you will be running “with” me!! What will be amazing is if I finish with both knees in tact! :)

  10. Go, you!

    I’m sitting here with bursitis in my left knee (what the?…am I 100 years old?) and desperate to be back in the game.

    So I’ll be cheering you on the entire time. From my couch. And only a little bit jealous.

    (But I’ll maybe eat a donut to feel better. Is that okay? Or just mean?)

    Anyway, GOOD LUCK!!! I think you are awesome and I know exactly what that feeling is. That one that tickles at your brain even after you’ve said “Never again.”

    I’ll never say never at this point. Ever.

    • *Homer Simpson voice* Dooooonnnnnuuutttt……… :) Not mean at all!
      Bursitis? Oh, man! That stinks! Thank you for cheering me on!! I will be tweeting from the course, so I can keep you updated.
      I always seem to say Never again…but then never listen! ;)

  11. The fact that you are doing this again is a testament to just how tough you are. I will be with you every moment of mile 11. xo

  12. I am always in awe of you…

    • My craziness does have that effect sometimes! :) Heehee!
      You! It is you that leaves me awes-struck.

  13. So wonderful friend – do I understand that the last mile is available? It seems fitting to support you over the finish line – just like our friendship, which will be there til the very end of time ;)

    • Oh, you bet! I reserve that for family…but feel honored to add you there too! :) We are sister-wives after all, right?! ;)

  14. Hi, congrats on your run, that is awesome! I just did my first 15K, so I know somewhat how you feel. I just found you on twitter, nice blog, keep up the good work.


  15. I’m runnng it too!! It will be my 2nd half. I’m excited, but a little nervous, not because I don’t think I can finish, but I’ve never participated in something so big (25,000 runners). I ran the Hershey half in Oct and there were only 5000 runners and I thought that was alot.

    Anyway, I found you because you responded to my tweet about things to do with kids in Pittsburgh. @fambalancesheet

    Good Luck!!

    • Hi Kristia!!

      Get out!!! Awesome!

      This race is H-U-G-E…but also A LOT of fun! My husband and I ran the full marathon last year. The crowds are AMAZING…so supportive and encouraging. You will love it. The energy really keeps you moving.

      We are also doing the half…the hills killed us last year…so we are taking it easy. This will also be my second half (did one last Oct as well). We have a full marathon to train for over the summer so I’m going to soak in all the fun from this run.

      Hope your family has fun while in the ‘Burgh…we have family there, so we have done it all!

      Good luck!!!

  16. Kelly, I’ll start the morning off with Mile #1 with you! :-)

    Reggie E

    • Thanks Reggie!!

      For everything!! Your support throughout the day was awesome! Thank you :)

  17. Right on, Kelly! I’m glad that even with your cold you were able to finish and claim that finisher’s medal!


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