Ph.D. Student Jamie Morgenstern Tops Female 5K Field at Pittsburgh Marathon

(PITTSBURGH, Pa.) - Carnegie Mellon University Ph.D. student, Jamie Morgenstern, was the top female finisher and third overall in the 5K race on Saturday as a part of the Pittsburgh Marathon with a time of 18:27.

Morgenstern usually runs the full marathon, but decided to run the 5K this year as she is recovering from injury and had a thesis proposal for her Ph.D. the day before the race. 

“I've been running consistently since high school,” Morgenstern said.  “I run about 70 miles a week, usually with at least one track workout, long run, and tempo runs each week. I also lift weights twice a week.”

“I love running, for a bunch of reasons,” Morgenstern said.  “I love the outdoors, and running competitively gives me an excuse to be outside for over an hour each day. I also really like the way I feel when I'm treating my body well (sleeping enough, eating right, and training hard).”

Morgenstern will be racing in the 10K at the Cleveland Marathon in two weeks.

“May 18, I'll be running the Cleveland Marathon's 10k, where I'm hoping to be in the top 10 of a very competitive field,” Morgenstern said.

At the end of May, Morgenstern is going to start training to break 2:50 in the marathon this coming fall.