29 miles on the clock for this weekend. My legs are feeling the 14 mile long run and are in desperate need of a foam roller. I wouldn’t have traded the view of ice fishermen on the bay for anything else, even with intense wind and freezing temperatures. How many weeks until spring?
There’s no other way to say it, this winter has been nothing short of depressing. With bitter temperatures and seemingly never ending snow, it seems as if spring will never be here. Saturday helped brighten the winter blues a bit as I ran the Cupid Undie Run with a few coworkers in Pittsburgh.
My boss had brought the idea up months ago. It took a small bit of time (and some convincing) but we gathered a team of ladies and began fundraising. There are only a few clever ways to convince others that you know to run through the streets of Pittsburgh in their skivvies. However, we succeeded.
The Cupid Undie Run supports the Children’s Tumor Foundation in an effort to help those children battling neurofibromatosis. There are events held throughout the day inside the venue, which helps everyone stay warm, and the race is held in the middle of the festivities. Pittsburgh’s event was hosted a Buckhead’s Saloon in Station Square. A majority of runners there had some sort of connection to the cause while others were excited to raise money for a good cause.
We bundled up Saturday morning after a week of pumping ourselves up that Pittsburgh will be a heat wave compared to our consistent below 10 degree weather. We road tripped. We enjoyed ourselves (safely). We ran.
Then we warmed up because running in superhero attire in the middle of February is still freezing.
It was a great event for a great cause. I always participated in Relay for Life while in Slippery Rock and love participating in events which benefit children, especially if it allows me to dress as Batman. Credit to my boss for documenting the day in pictures since no one believed we were really running. I don’t believe the race was a mile but that might also be the marathon training talking:) It was a quick course over a bridge and back to Station Square.
Thanks to the Cupid Undie Run organizers and volunteers for putting on a great day. The Pittsburgh Post Gazette wrote an article on the event which can be read here
I have a least one race every month from now until September and couldn’t be more excited. Next on the calendar is the St. Patrick’s Day Distance Festival 10k in my good ol’ hometown … which is a snowy tundra.
My favorite holiday has officially come and gone. Why I absolutely rocked my Rosie the Riveter costume at the Dead Milkmen show in Cleveland, it is now time to deal with obnoxious holiday music in every store and gear up for massive amounts of cookies and food.
Part 1: I learned how to make a turkey for the first time today. Which means that I’m slightly more domesticated than I was previously was and will, one day, potentially be able to do it on my own without calling my mother (I’ll probably call her anyways).
Part 2: I registered for the 2014 Buffalo Marathon! It’s on May 25th this year and marathon training begins on January 20th, right in time for the end of holiday deliciousness. I’m going to attempt with keeping my fitness up and working on a general schedule in order to successfully kick training off. I’m going to use the Intermediate Plan from Runner’s World Complete Book of Running which equals to approximately 30 miles a week. I’m excited to train properly though, as I’ve learned how to cheat on my training for half marathons. I’ll be checking in with my progress.
Part 3: Remember my chickens? There’s one lady left and she’s laying eggs like a champ. She has also made the most interesting relationship with the two horses in the barn, and it’s interesting to watch their interactions with each other. It’s a friendship not normally seen, at least not to me, but the chicken has found a sort of protection from the horses.
As far as the title? I fully believe it. I’m not creative enough to title my posts, they are the weakest part of this blog . . . well, other than my non-consistent posts.