How I love thee, #Pgh10Miler let me count the ways! @PGHMarathon

How I love thee, #Pgh10Miler let me count the ways! @PGHMarathon

This Sunday marked my third year of running the EQT Pittsburgh 10 Miler. As is typical of Pittsburgh’s October weather, it was lovely for running. This year was by far my slowest of the 10 milers I’ve run, but I don’t mind. I figure, the longer I’m running, the more calories I’m burning, so who cares if it takes me three days.  I really look forward to the 10 Miler each year, dare I say it is my favorite race?  Whether it’s my favorite, or one of several favorites, it’s still got a special place in my heart for these reasons:

 1. I got in on the ground floor.  It is always neat to hear how a race started off in the 1970s with 100 guys in their short-shorts and Nikes, and now it’s runners number in the thousands and it’s got major corporate sponsors. I envy those runners, whose ranks whittle down each year, of the ones who have been there since the beginning and have never missed a race.  The EQT 10 Miler is my chance to be in from the start on a run that is big and exciting. Even if I give up running, I’m going to hit the pavement and walk it (really fast).  Even if I move away, I plan to come back each year for the race. I will be so excited when we hit the 50th running in 2062 and I’ll be out there, a waddling little octogenarian, showing em how it’s done!

EQT 10 miler 2013

EQT 10 Miler 2014

EQT 10 Miler 2015

2. The route is perfect. It’s almost literally on my doorstep. All I have to do is roll down the hill and BOOM, I’m at the start line. This means that I don’t have to get up or leave particularly early. I can wake up leisurely, have my breakfast (coffee and an apple with peanut butter), and stroll on down to the start line just before it starts. Because there is nothing more painful in the first world than having your muscles stiffen for 2 hours in the cold before the race even starts. Also, it is a closed course. All the races I have run in Pittsburgh have been closed courses, so I didn’t know open courses were even a thing until I ran a 5k in Oregon. Even if the traffic is non-existent, I DO NOT LIKE OPEN COURSES.  The whole course for the EQT 10 miler is closed, and the cops and crossing guards who are monitoring the streets are great at cheering on the runners.

3.  10 Miles is my favorite distance.  It’s not as popular as 10k or Half-Marathon, but each year there are more and more 10 milers out there (and yes, I want to run them all!). I love the distance. It’s just hard enough– it takes some work for me to get ready for it, but it’s also still manageable for me if life goes nuts and I can only hit the pavement a couple of times a week.

4.  It’s a “big” race, but not so big as to be overwhelming.  I like the anonymity of bigger races. After all, I’m a solo runner and like to blast my music and just get in my zone. But I like that the EQT 10 miler is just big enough that I run into friends for a quick hello.  There aren’t a ton of spectators out, but I love that the ones who are out are totally into it. No big crowds staring at their phones. These are folks who are excited to cheer you on, and will clap, cheer, high-five and are all-around great.

5.  The social media team is killer. The whole Pittsburgh Marathon/EQT 10 Miler social media team is on it. They are quick to respond and are well informed. It makes things a lot easier when there is some last minute hiccup and you need some help. They jump right at it and get you squared away.

What fall races are you running this year?

What races are your favorite?


October Things

Wait, didn’t January just end? Where did my summer go? And I don’t care what you say, those were NOT snowflakes on my windshield today.

My mom got Baby Beez a subscription to the Children’s Theater this year and the first performance–Alexander Who’s Not Not Not Not Not Going to Move– was today. The difference between Baby Beez at 3 and and now at 5 is amazing. When she was littler, we would go to things and there was a 50/50 chance she’d completely lose it and scream her face off and make it a miserable time for everyone. Now that she’s bigger, she’s really starting to like things. As long as she isn’t starving or completely exhausted, she enjoys all kinds of different things. We’ve turned a corner to where we really are having fun together, and it’s lovely.

I ran the Wineglass Half Marathon at the beginning of the month and haven’t had much time to run since.  Today, though, I got in a 5 mile run when Baby Beez was in Sunday school. I have just started listening to Amy Poehler’s Yes, Please audiobook.  That hour zipped by while listening to this brilliant book.


And I think it is the best thing that has happened to me in a while. It is of course hilarious, but also so poignant.  I was barely choking back sobs while listening to her chapter on apologies. Sobbing and running do not go well together. This book is amazing.

Speaking of running, when I was running the Great Race in September, I saw this woman walking by wearing the most amazing silver Oxford shoes.  I considered running over and complimenting her on her shoes, but stopped myself, because that would just be weird.  I have never worn menswear style shoes, because I feel like they look strange on my large feet, and I don’t really know how to style them. But seeing her shoes, now I desperately want some gorgeous shiny silver oxfords or loafers. How I will wear them, I have no idea. But I want them.





When the news broke about the sequel to Wet Hot American Summer, followed by the collective euphoria of anyone who has ever gone to summer camp, I realized that I am probably the only person on earth who has not yet seen this movie. So I’m spending this evening watching it. Hilar.

Wet Hot American Summer