East End Runners

So many decisions could have been bad!

Thursday, July 30, 2015

August 2 Run: 21st and Liberty Ave. parking lot for a Strip District

August already?? ! Might as well make that a bit sweeter with some almond meles, so we'll start at the parking lot overlooking the 21st and Liberty intersection, as we usually do, make our way over a few bridges, and return to La Prima in time for warm pastries (fingers crossed) and strong coffee.  No hills! (Almost.)

Last Sunday we ended up doing the Wendy Bennett Trailhead run backwards, which I sort of hoped would make time go in reverse, but no luck.  However, the park was lovely!

Coffee was chock full of endorsements:
(Does anyone remember Chock Full o'Nuts, the Heavenly Coffee?  What did that even mean?)
  • Push mowers - hurray for no lawn machine noise! - 2 are available from David Coulson (412-421-1230)
  • Support the urban forest and learn tree identification from Tree Pittsburgh
  • A true Shabbat without all those impossible rules - like many Israelis do it
  • Picklesburgh - I guess we missed it, but there's always next summer
  • Upscale exotic popsicles, aka Mexican paletas, available from Popstop around town but if you want to make them, a Vitamix is recommended, and Wendy knows how to get one half-price.
  • Moscow Mule cocktails
  • Food for Thought caterer on South Craig
  • The Independent bar in Squirrel Hill, Whiskey Wednesday and amazing brussels sprouts.
  • Superfunk!  H.B. Bennett's hit song, Shoot the Pump, and the upcoming Bootsie Collins concert at Hartwood Acres on Sunday

Saturday, July 25, 2015

July 26 Run: 61C Cafe for a Runners' Choice Run

Whoops!  Saturday morning and I realized I haven't sent out the email yet.  Apologies for my delinquency.

Tomorrow, meet at 61C Cafe for a Runners' Choice run-- "someone will think of something."  I'm out of town, so I'll miss out on the adventures.

Speaking of adventures, we had lots of them last Sunday for our Vintage Grand Prix run in Schenley Park.  I shall call the run "In Search of Janis Joplin's Psychedelic Porsche."  Wendy's friend, Harvey, was visiting from Berlin, he an actor and his wife the Martha Stewart of Germany who just published a new book!  Harvey was focused on finding Janis Joplin's Psychedelic Porsche, so to find the porsche, we had to get to the golf course.  There were a lot of police officers guarding barricades all throughout the park, presumably to keep people safe and off the race track.  That didn't stop us from taking a little shortcut to the golf course (where we thought the porsche would be)-- doing what we do best, trespassing, with our Blatant Disregard for Authority:

If it's not blocked off, it must not be worth visiting

 Caution tape?  What caution tape?

We made it safely to the other side, checking Flagstaff Hill, then venturing up to the golf course to ask in vain for where the porsche would be.  Every car aficionado had different answers, and we were getting tired, so many of us split off from there, deciding water/coffee would be good to seek out instead of a porsche.  Wendy stuck by her friend Harvey, but later returned to the cafe without having found the porsche.

Discussions at coffee were cut short because it people had places to be, people to see, life to live!  See you next Sunday!

Friday, July 17, 2015

July 19 Run: Hobart and Guarino Streets at the entrance to Schenley Park (Fruit Loop side) for a Vintage Grand Prix Run

Next up, meet at the Schenley Park entrance on Hobart Street and Guarino near the Fruit Loop for a Vintage Grand Prix run to look at the cars.

Last Sunday, we ran an old favorite, a loop of Schenley Park on the trails, and the weather cooperated for a beautiful experience.

Topics of conversation at the coffee:

The need for more secure bike panniers
The kindness of strangers
Potential bike ride or long run: "Bike heaven" on the north side river trail downstream from science center.  
The Moth- upcoming Adam Gropnik and a moth evening Wednesday 9/30 - tickets go on sale 7/31 - maybe we have enough for a 'group' rate.

A cool photo from coffee and one from last week's South Side run:

Friday, July 10, 2015

July 12 Run: Wendy Bennett Trailhead for a Schenley Park Run

Next up: Meet at the Wendy Bennett trailhead at Bartlett/Greenfield and Panther Hollow Road for a Schenley Park run.

Last Sunday was a bonafide vertical run.  Roye led us up, up, up the South Side Slopes' windy streets and city steps for some amazing views and glute-shaping (see photos below--one shows the steps we had just conquered).  Some of us remarked that we didn't feel like we were in the city anymore.  But, we made our way back down the hill without getting too lost.

South Side Park
Big Dog Coffee
Cheryl's blueberry pie with homemade crust

Endorsements/Topics of Discussion:
VitaMix, InstantPot
Frick Art Museum, rolling hills exhibit, Fridays when they stay open late
Grandparent names-- so many to choose from

Sunday, June 28, 2015

July 5 Run: Meet at Big Dog Coffee in the South Side (27th and Sarah St) plus Holiday run Friday July 3rd at 61C Cafe

This Friday, 7/3, join us for a holiday run at 61C Cafe, a bit later at 7:30 so you can sleep in.

Next Sunday, let's meet at Big Dog Coffee in the South Side so we can investigate possible Step Trek stair running.

I'm sending this out soon after our slightly damp run this morning in Lawrenceville to give adequate notice for a 7:30 screening tonight (Sunday) of Me and Earl and the Dying Girl at the Manor Theater in Squirrel Hill.  A few of us will be there to check out what I hear is a fantastic film!

This morning, we had just a bit of mist (except for what some rowdy squirrels sprinkled on us from trees above) for Open Streets on the Lawrenceville side.  We ran up Penn, through Allegheny Cemetery, then down Butler.  A bit of excitement was setting up on Butler Street, and a fair number of people on foot, bikes, and strollers came out to support the event.

At coffee afterward, we discussed testosterone-induced forgetfulness (exactly what it sounds like), brick-and-mortar versus online shopping, and scary adventures like ziplining and repelling.  

Endorsements include:
A big sale at Carabella's in Oakmont

Something on the list of places to explore:

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

June 28 Run: Espresso a Mano cafe on Butler Street for another Open Streets celebration

Next up:  Aimee reminded us that Open Streets is happening again next week, so we'll try it this time from the other direction.  We'll start and end at the Espresso a Mano cafe in Lawrenceville, 3623 Butler St., go up through Allegheny Cemetery, and come back via Penn Ave.

We had a nice classic run on Sunday, to Schenley Park and back to the 61C, fine weather, with the surprise return of the maverick trio of Tom, Jonathan and Paula, who assured us that the 5:45 a.m. Wed./Fri. run from Forbes and Murray is still on!  There was a time when this practice appeared to me basically insane, and then there was a time when I (resistance is futile) joined up for a while, and now I'm sort of going back to the original viewpoint, but mainly with awe.

Education:  The Pittsburgh Public Schools! Yes! Many of us - with our children - had and are having really good experiences, and we spent some time during the run and after lamenting all the unfair negative stories that are discouraging young parents from signing on.  More evidence: read the great Op-Ed piece in the PG by a student at the Obama School from that Sunday.

Entertainment:  More movies shot in the Burgh - where else?  Southpaw with Jake Gyllenhall - Love the Coopers with Diane Keaton - Concussion with Will Smith

Food:  Rick Easton's Bread & Salt bakery in Bloomfield - now in the New York Times!  Also the macarons from Jean-Marc Chatellier's bakery in Millvale, AND the handmade raviolis from the Groceria Italiana,  also in Bloomfield.

More insane physical activity engaged in by our members:  Rachel Carson 34-mile sunrise to sunset hike, called "brutal" even in the promo.  And the Ragnar Appalachian Trail Relay, "15 miles of Appalachian badassery" done entirely in the dark.  And finally, North Park Paddle Yoga!  Awesome.

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

June 21 Run: Meet at 61C Cafe for a Run of Runner's Choice

After a nice tour through Frick Park and Duck Hollow, we enjoyed refreshments at Virginia's house in Regent Square.  We were too engrossed in Pam's photos of her daughter's wedding that we forgot to plan a run for next week.  So, meet at 61C Cafe and we will think of something!

Squirrel Hill Night Market, although it's unclear when it will take place, some say July, others say August