The time has come! In just 1 day 20 hours 13 minutes and 23 seconds (thanks race day counter) the Pittsburgh Marathon will be upon us. The Pittsburgh Marathon is one of my favorite events in the burgh because no matter what your role (runner, walker, volunteer, cheering squad) it is a fun, exhilarating and inspiring day for all. Every year it reminds me what a supportive and community-driven city we live in.
My absolute favorite part of this event, however, is the stories. People run marathons for all kinds of different reasons. Maybe they are fulfilling a lifelong goal, honoring a loved one who past away, or overcoming a difficult personal obstacle. This year I am running the Half Marathon for a reason, and I want to share my story.
In February I started doing a one-woman improvised talk show at the Steel City Improv Theater. The show is called “That’s What Jeanne Said! LIVE,” and features a fictional yinzer character named Jeanne Tonucci whose life ambition is to be a “lady of the media.” As a Pittsburgh girl, Jeanne would love nothing more than to be on KDKA one day (fingers crossed!).
After a few live shows I thought there might be something more active for Jeanne to do, and that’s when I decided to run the half marathon, AS JEANNE, on behalf of the local chapter of Girls on the Run.
This project has been a total blast. In the 8 weeks that I’ve been training, I have not only gotten into shape, but I’ve produced 7 short That’s What Jeanne Said! ON THE RUN videos and have had the opportunity to learn more about Girls on the Run and the women who work there.
Girls on the Run is a fantastic organization, and so far we have raised $1,330 for the local chapter! It has been a really inspiring 8 weeks, and I can’t wait to run this Sunday (AS JEANNE… there will be videos, so stay tuned!) on behalf of my show, Girls on the Run, and the city of Pittsburgh. Cue the adrenaline rush!
If you’re not running, I really recommend checking out the race. Being a spectator is just as fun! Live music, gatorade, costumes, and maybe even some pierogies! Hope to see you out there!
For more information about That’s What Jeanne Said! visit the facebook page or check out more videos on Jeanne’s vimeo channel.