Weekend get-a-way

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?



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Cupid Undie Run Recap

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.

Case Studies, Mental Illness, and Ethnics. Oh My!

Tomorrow I take this:

aswb (photo credit) Except the real deal Master’s Level Exam and not the practice.

So I can then focus on this:

(photo credit)

And, well, job hunting and maybe some soul searching on the side. More importantly, let’s go running! My goal is to run a summer half, if finances allow, and a fall full marathon. I’m going to attempt to drop my half time and attain a new PR, but we’ll see how successful I am with this heat and humidity. Nothing is impossible.

This is how . . .

. . . a champion studies.


The sun’s been out all weekend and it’s hard to convince myself to stay inside and study for this exam. 48 hours until I, hopefully, don’t have to think about it anymore.

I did a short run this morning but the jury agrees that it was too hot and I should have gone out earlier in order to be productive. It’s nice to be back on the ol’ stomping (running) grounds though. I’ll hopefully be working soon so I can choose a fall marathon, and maybe a summer half marathon, and register for them. I run better with races on my schedule, but that’s the way it works sometimes.