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Sunday Runday

13 Jan

I was dealing with some serious internal conflict on Saturday night about what distance I should run on Sunday.  First world problems all up in here.  Earlier that day, I had decided that my 2014 inaugural race should be the Ole 5K again.  I plan to train harder than I did last year as I think I’m a bit more advanced this time around as the beginner program seems too easy now.  So, Hal Higdon’s Intermediate 5K Training Plan it is!  The problem is the first week’s scheduled long run is 5 miles.  I’ve peaked at 3.5…

I was hesitant on Sunday because I had been on the treadmill all of last week.  I had serious doubts about 2 miles.  But, if I want to build up to 5 miles before training begins then I have to jump up to 3.  There was really no point in putting it off, so I knew I had to swallow my fear of failure and just try as hard as I could.  I took a water break after 2 miles at the car, then pushed onward into Frick Park. #blueslidepark

Frick-Park-Pittsburgh

And guess what?  I friggin’ did it!  I’m not putting any pressure on myself about it.  For the next 27 days I will see how far I get with base building and go from there.  With a little practice and a lot of persistence, I just know I can beat my previous time for the Ole 5K.

I went home and rested for a few hours, hydrated, and watched some extra greasy reality TV.  A few hours later, Liberty and I hit the road to meet up with some of our friends.

Riverfront-Park-South-Side-Pittsburgh

Actually the dogs had never met before, so they weren’t friends before the walk.  Katie was my roommate in college for a few years and is one of the only people I am still in touch with.

Dog-Walking-Pittsburgh

It was really fun! We discovered some homeless people camps and also a dog park, which was super muddy.  Just the way Liberty likes it.

South-Side-Dog-Park

This trail is part of the Great Allegheny Passage, which I’ve written about before.  If we had kept going, it would eventually connect with the trail that I run down at the Waterfront.  Pretty neat!  Since we were walking with absolutely no concern about speed or distance, I was able to give my muscles a nice cool down.  I am going to stretch out like crazy tonight after work and hopefully get 2 in in the morning!

Bumpers-Ball Chasing-&-Buffalo Love

23 Feb

Lord, what a busy day!  I feel like this is the first I’ve been able to gather my thoughts…

I have to apologize for a promise of Beef Stroganoff.   I completely forgot that yesterday was Ash Wednesday and had turn to tuna sandwiches at the last minute.  Perhaps tonight?

Anyway..

We started off by heading to Scottdale, PA (about an hour and 20 minutes southeast of Pittsburgh) to look for parts to our SUV that were damaged when we got rear-ended the other day.  The weather is gorg outside today, make you want to get some fresh air for sure!

After finding some AMAZING deals at Henderson Foreign Auto Parts, we headed back towards the city.

Because little Tuck isn’t’ going to his forever home until tomorrow afternoon, we had to swing by the house and let him outside.  He’s just a little guy and we don’t want him making a mess in the house ♥

While we were at the house, we scooped up the grown dogs and headed to Riverview Park in Pittsburgh’s North Side.  I LOVE Riverview Park and it makes me sad that we have to drive the whole way across town to get to it.  It is worth it, though, and we end up making the drive weekly to take the dogs to the off-leash fenced in dog park.  Riverview Park is interesting to me as a sustainability scholar because it inhabits over 251 acres, much of it unmanaged original growth woodlands, but is located in a high-density urban area.  To some, the word “unmanaged” might sound like a negative thing, but remember – the less maintenance that a municipality has to do on its conservation zones the better it is for the taxpayer.  To me, unmanaged simply means that for once people have managed to leave it alone and enjoy it for what it truly is – natural beauty.  It is breathtaking to see the skyscrapers downtown and rolling hills of forest in the foreground.

 

The Riverview dog park is located directly next to the old Allegheny Observatory – which is still open in the warm months as part of the University of Pittsburgh astronomy program.

We wound down through the Perryville Avenue into the heart of the North Side…

and into Downtown so that we could make a special stop: The Pittsburgh Popcorn Company on Liberty Ave.

I managed to forget my camera, but did find this great picture of the storefront online:

We each ordered a small bag of popcorn, which turned out to be the perfect size:

They do allow you to sample before you buy, which is great because I don’t know if I would have ordered an entire bag of “Buffalo Wing” flavored popcorn without being able to taste it.  Addicting.  Amazingly good.  And it earned its name because this popcorn has got a kick!  If you like spicy food as much as I do – this is 100% for you.

Keep in mind that they do NOT always have the same kinds.  They are like a micro-brewery and switch flavors out every several weeks.

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