East End Runners

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Tuesday, January 16, 2018

January 21 Run: From Enrico's Tazza D'Oro for a Highland Park run

Next week we are back to Highland Park (hi Joanne!) starting and ending at the classic Enrico's Tazza D'Oro. We haven't been there in quite a while - since last March, according to a search of this blog. [So I just spent 20 minutes re-reading our captivating endorsements - a much more productive timesink than Facebook.] The forecast isn't arctic, though it might be wet - hoping to get a good group anyway.  Don't forget: walkers welcome!

Concerning last week:  we need to honor the following valiant heroes, who get the "Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds" award!

Thursday, January 11, 2018

January 14 Run: 61C Cafe in Squirrel Hill and we'll go from there

So it's going to be freezing again, but this time we're determined to layer up and go out there.  Aren't we?  The Riddler Rule says it's OK if it's over 10 below.  Since we didn't come up with a plan, we'll start at the trusty 61C and try to find a new route - could there be one after all these years?

Walking is now a thing!  (It was just waiting to happen.) We've got walkers AND runners, so if you don't feel like running and want to power walk instead, come on down!  We all end up communing at coffee.

2 weeks ago is already too long to remember how the run went, but there were 2 in a row on Sunday and Monday - Happy New Year!  Cold did not deter us, and the fireplace at the Bakery Square Coffee Tree definitely deserves another visit. 

  • Amy Poehler's Smart Girls
  • Movie:  The Meyerowitz Stories
  • Cross-country skiing in Laurel Ridge
  • Karen had a wonderful experience at Yoga Vida in NYC - which she totally deserved after that unforgettable Megabus trip
  • She also told us the secret of visiting St. Patrick's Cathedral: go in the side door
  • Never wash dishes without rubber gloves.  I was going to recommend good old Playtex, but then I read this article about Mommy Hands.  Who's going to try them out?
  • The New Yorker Radio Hour is now on WESA.  Some of us are thankful that Prosody is out.
  • A schlup mask.  We have to revisit this because I can't remember the exact story, but evidently it can be made out of cashmere.
  • Best medical news ever:  studies indicate that moderate use of alcohol both protects your heart AND reduces risk of memory loss - cheers and l''chaim!
  • 25th Running Group Anniversary coming up!!  Plans are being made.  

Friday, January 05, 2018

January 7 Run: Update: it's too cold!

Update on Saturday:

Hi there everyone,
Just letting you know that tomorrow's "real feel" forecast is for negative 5 degrees at 7 am, and Accuweather has a wind chill advisory until 10 am that terrifyingly says "The cold wind chills will cause frostbite in as little as 30 minutes to exposed skin."
So maybe it's not the best idea to be running out there. 

We have a special plan for next week, when it should be relatively balmy, so stay tuned!

Sorry - just a bulletin today - I just got back from freezing in the Poconos this week (but it was beautiful.) This Sunday we'll visit the Hot Metal and the South Side trails, starting and ending at Big Dog Coffee, 2717 Sarah St. 

Friday, December 29, 2017

December 31 Run: Coffee Tree at Bakery Square (at 7) and New Year's Day Run: 61C Cafe (at 7:30)

We're meeting on Sunday at the Coffee Tree at Bakery Square mainly because we were thinking of somewhere with a fireplace, and it was either that or Dunkin' Donuts.  Which actually is not bad, but from here we can go in many directions, including one that covers 5 neighborhoods in an hour.  If you don't want to deal with the parking mishegas at Bakery Square, just park in the Mellon Park lot where Beechwood meets Fifth (map) and its a short walk through the park.  On Monday, default holiday run at 7:30 from 61C cafe.

As I have been too lazy to report on the last 3 runs (which included Christmas day) and am already late with this one, let's just say they were bracing but warmed by companionship, metabolic body heat and cashmere mittens.  (If you don't have a pair, tell us on the run and we'll correct that injustice - perks!)
I managed to hold on to endorsements:
  • Christmas cookie exchanges - and spending an entire day making hundreds in preparation
  • See above - the discovery that the perfect stamp for thumbprint cookies is a dreidel
  • Menorah-mobiles and the annual parade - pretty great in concept but could we please have some creativity?  (as in hearing aids below)
  • Writer Rebecca Traister and again podcasts - here together!
  • Napping
  • Hip hearing aids 
  • Aimee's long-ago bracelet factory
  • Moon Hikes, Radical Rodents and other events at the Frick Environmental Center
  • Christmas choral concerts -  Heinz Chapel Choir and Pittsburgh Camerata - literally divine
  • USAToday editorial responding to certain comments on Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand 
  • Need to investigate:  cars lined up every night on Forbes in front of CMU delivering homemade (?) Chinese takeout - any info?  
  • More Chinese food:  B52 Restaurant in Lawrenceville. More Mexican food: Bull River Taco in Squirrel Hill
  • TV - Offspring, Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
  • Movies - The Crown, Lady Bird, Shape of Water
  • Podcasts - Slow Burn (how much we have to learn from Watergate - riveting)
wow - that was 3 napkins worth.

Thursday, December 14, 2017

December 17 Run: Meet at Staghorn Garden Cafe on 517 Greenfield Ave.

It seems that now even Greenfield is turning hipster, looking at the website of the new cafe (new to me anyway) we're going to start and end up at.  It's the Staghorn Garden Cafe at 517 Greenfield Ave., so we'll see the Greenfield sights and hopefully avoid the more insane hills.

Last week - let's see - mainly Beechwood Blvd. and Summerset with its expansive dawn overlook over what used to be (and I suppose still is) the slag heaps to the river and beyond - nevertheless it's beautiful.  Freezing cold but we all warmed up and had the usual comforting 61C discussion, endorsing:

Photo that missed being in last week - thanks, Virginia!

Friday, December 08, 2017

December 10 Run: Start at Colfax School, Beechwood and Douglas in Squirrel Hill

On Sunday we'll start at Colfax School - where we have begun a run 16 times since this blog started in 2006, initiated by Anne Jane more than a decade into the RG's lifespan.  So an old favorite.  Also we love our history.  Coffee probably at 61C.  Walkers please come!  We're developing a parallel walking unit.

Last week was the Annual Downtown Holiday Run, and I have to say, a little sad! Apart from the always spectacular twin-of-the-Vatican's creche, not much visual excitement going on dahntahn. And, the verdict on the City/County Building Menorah:  vanished!  (Considering how pathetic it's been, this may be a good thing. ) Anyway, not much festivity in the air, and instead a deep unsettling fog - sort of fitting, actually, considering you-know-what.

OK, sorry - more cheerfulness did follow in the glorious William Penn lobby - where we sat on the settee (?) and luxuriated under the chandeliers.
We endorsed (this was a pretty random collection):

Friday, December 01, 2017

December 3 Run: Annual Downtown Holiday Run - meet at the Omni William Penn lobby

It's that time again!  Sleighbells are ringing. We're meeting at the William Penn hotel lobby, one of my favorite places in the world.  Route will be to any holiday-themed installation in the vicinity - come with your favorite one and we'll visit. We will as usual judge whether the Hanukah menorah is acceptable.  Warning:  there are a lot of stops, but they are fun.

We had 2 runs last week (not counting the weekday ones - which are still happening at the ferocious hour of 5:30 am from Murray/Forbes corner.)  We hit Homewood Cemetery and Chatham campus, and had the annual discussion of turkey frying, which apparently is only done by inebriated men who somehow escape 3rd degree burns and a general conflagration.

Over the new meles at 61C, we endorsed (besides the meles - though not quite up to Colangelo's)