Update on the Running Lady


I certainly don’t want to divulge many personal details about the Running Lady, but we have gotten to the bottom of what we originally wanted to know.

She is alive, as you obviously gleaned from the comments to the original post.  The reason you don’t see her downtown anymore is that about two years ago, she quit working downtown. You will catch her running on Provost in Whitehall and if you see her, her name is Amy.

Now, here’s what might be just the weirdest coincidence of my life and further proof that Pittsburgh really is a little big city:

While at NEED, I worked a bit with Amy on planning events when my direct contact at her place of employment was out of the office, and I didn’t even realize who she was.  I will say this.  She is a capable woman who I had many email and phone interactions with and once even followed her about her place of employment as she assisted me in finding another employee.

Guess what?  She walked.  Running isn’t something she HAS to do in the physical sense.  It is something she chooses to do, much in the same way some among us check the stove three times each night before we go to bed (Hiya, Tina Fey!) or have to eat cookies and chips in even numbers (Hiya, Mom!).

So when/if you see her, I suggest you wave, say “Hi, Amy!” and be kind to our local legend regardless of how eccentric she may seem.

I’m sure we’d all like to know more about her, but we should respect her privacy.  For now we know this: She’s alive. She’s well.  She’s running.

So add this to the pile of “shit we have gotten to the bottom of”.  Next?


  1. Jonathan
    November 17, 2009 2:59 pm

    Woo hoo!!!! Mystery solved! Thanks, everyone!


  2. Jennifer
    November 17, 2009 3:00 pm

    Eating candy corn in sections? Isn’t that how everyone eats them?

    Again with the food not touching – yes, Thanksgiving is a rough day especially when people start mixing items into their potatoes…

    And I prefer to eat my food in sections – all of item #1, etc.

    When I eat a some candy bars, I eat the chocolate around the outside first…

    ok, that’s enough.

  3. Lauren
    November 17, 2009 4:03 pm

    “It all ends up in the same place” does not make up for the taste, mouth feel, and overall yuckiness of eating all at once. My brother used to put chocolate and strawberry sundae syrup in his canned baked beans. My mind reverts back to that every time I see food mixed. And, you’re welcome for the gross out : )

  4. MonsterQuads
    November 18, 2009 9:05 am

    I saw Amy this morning on Provost Road at around 8:15A. She was WALKING up the hill tho. I smiled as I passed her but I didn’t beep my horn as I thought it might startle her. She was sporting a short winter jacket (pink) with a hood that was lined with faux fur. Too cute!

  5. Kristie
    November 18, 2009 9:53 am

    I also saw Amy this morning just as she was turning from her street onto Provost Road around 7:35 AM….and she was walking. Like MonsterQuads said, she was all bundled up and sporting her trademark sunglasses. Had I not been on the bus, I would have waved to her. So nice to finally have a name with the face.