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Travel Tuesday: Wedding in Pittsburgh

by Alaina on September 16, 2014 · 1 comment

This certainly won’t be an in-depth travel guide to the city of Pittsburgh since our weekend was centered around a wedding, but I wanted to share it with you nonetheless!


Woke up at around 7:30AM and we were on the road by 9AM. The GPS had our trip at just under 9 hours, but of course we ended up taking a few stops for food, bathroom, and gas (small tank). The drive itself was very uneventful with just a few moments of road construction in eastern Pennsylvania. It wasn’t until we hit Pittsburgh at around 6:30 that we encountered any congestion. But it certainly didn’t compare to Boston! We got to the hotel and relaxed before we were to meet up with David’s family at Hough’s Restaurant. We showed up at 8:30 and promptly ordered a beer from their "wall-o-taps".

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I had the Great Lakes Oktoberfest and it was delicious! For dinner I had a hot dog on a pretzel bun topped with sautéed onions and relish, with a side of tots. Of course I didn’t really finish my meal since we were having so much fun catching up with the family. We were gearing up for an exciting day ahead!


We slept in, with no alarm, and it was glorious. We had some coffee and trail mix bars (from the wedding bags) for breakfast and after a couple hours of getting ready and doing a quick workout in the room, we walked over to Primanti Brother’s deli to try out their famous stuffed sandwiches. I ordered the roast beef with cheese and it was definitely mostly cole slaw and French fries. The vinegar in the slaw was definitely a predominant flavor but overall it was a pretty good sandwich. I’m glad I tried it out. Smile

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The ceremony took place at the Sacred Heart church in the Oakland neighborhood. Apparently the aisle of this church is the second longest in the country. It did make for a dramatic entrance. I ended up keeping my phone in the hotel room so there are no pictures from the ceremony, but it was beautiful and emotional. Why do I always cry at weddings but didn’t at my own? Smile with tongue out

There were a couple of hours between the ceremony and reception so David and I headed to the reception site earlier to walk around and see the animals. Animals?? Yep! The reception was at the Pittsburgh Zoo and Aquarium!

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The reception was SO much fun! There was an abundance of dancing and probably too many drinks being had (beer, wine and tequila, OH MY!). I always have so much fun getting together with David’s family. There are so many of them and they’re a hoot to hang out with!

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During the mother/son dance, they invited all of the mother’s to come out and dance with their sons. It was the sweetest thing watching David’s grandmother dance with her 5 sons. Got to love that family. Smile


Another morning with no alarms! We ended up getting up at 7:30 and left the hotel by 9. We had a few detours on our way, i.e. I got pulled over in PA. Oops! Apparently I was going 65 down a hill that was 45 MPH. I was super surprised since I didn’t feel like I was going faster than the rest of the traffic but thankfully he let me off with a lesser infraction. I still have to pay but ah well. It happens. We also stopped in Meriden, CT to grab a burger at Ted’s. They specialize in steamed burgers with the best melty cheese ever. We didn’t end up getting home until about 8:30. I promptly went to bed since I had to be up for a 7AM shift the next morning.

Overall, we had a fantastic weekend! The drive on Sunday was a bit long and I was still exhausted yesterday, but I’m feeling much better today. David and I both agreed that we want to go back and explore the city more, especially the bridges.

Have you ever been to Pittsburgh? What’s the most unique wedding venue that you’ve been to?

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Race #21: Kent Hospital NK5K

by Alaina on September 8, 2014 · 2 comments

My races can drink now! And that’s been my running joke since Saturday. Smile

This past race was not my best showing of the year, but I’m OK with that. The weather was muggy, overcast and a bit breezy. If it was sunny, it would have been even worse. The timing also starts when everyone starts running (gun time=net time) so my Nike running was different that the official results. Again, that’s OK! I’m just glad I ran because I was hesitant in the morning if I wanted to go through with it. Humidity is no bueno. Hopefully the weather will start to cool off from here.

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The course itself is not too challenging, with a few hills and a gradual uphill towards the end. I think I would definitely enjoy it more if the weather always cooperated. Smile

Time: 32:04
Pace: 10:19
Overall: 219/403

Only 9 more races to go!! I’m so excited that I’m actually pulling this off. Next year though? I think I may only attempt the BAA Medley. 3 races will be much more manageable than 30. Smile

Next up is the CVS 5K in Providence on the 21st! Anyone race this past weekend?


Surprisingly the month of August was relatively mild and *bam* once September arrived we were hit with 90* and humidity. It’s not fun running in it, but 10K training is now underway. I can’t wait for the cooler weather that the fall brings. Smile

The Top 10 Workout Songs for September 2014

Summer might be winding down, but you’d never guess it from this set of sunny songs. The top 10 list below kicks off with a remix of Calvin Harris’ ode to the warmest season and continues to heat up from there.

The biggest winner of the month is Nicki Minaj—who appears once with some help from Sir Mix-a-Lot and again alongside Jessie J and Ariana Grande. Her first song “Anaconda” is perfect for starting a workout—with its abundance of energy and attitude to spare. Meanwhile, her collaboration “Bang Bang” is the month’s fastest cut—with a tempo of 149 beats per minute (BPM)—making it ideal for running.

If your playlist is already heavy on Top 40 tracks—and you’re looking to branch out—the last few weeks have provided a number fun, accessible tracks that have been making more noise in the clubs than on the radio. To that end, you can check out the latest in Nero’s string of nightlife epics and a remix of Robyn and Röyksopp’s latest single. The hook of the latter finds Robyn announcing that she’s going to do what she wants—and then do it again. So, if you’re looking for a go-to track when your energy is running low, this blast of assertive enthusiasm might be just what you need.

Generally speaking, the competition between acts to release the “song of the summer” should have died down by this time of year. Nevertheless, the last few weeks have seen the release of one anthem after another. If you take advantage of this bumper crop of pop and get yourself outside for some exercise, you just might be able to squeeze an extra month out of this summer.

Here’s the full list, according to votes placed at Run Hundred–the web’s most popular workout music blog.
Calvin Harris – Summer (Twoloud Remix) – 128 BPM
Nicki Minaj – Anaconda – 130 BPM
Röyksopp & Robyn – Do It Again (Zoo Station Radio Edit) – 125 BPM
Nero – Satisfy – 124 BPM
Meghan Trainor – All About That Bass – 134 BPM
Neon Hitch – Yard Sale (Radio Edit) – 128 BPM
Maroon 5 – Maps – 120 BPM
Pharrell Williams – Come Get It Bae – 120 BPM
Jessie J, Ariana Grande & Nicki Minaj – Bang Bang – 149 BPM
Cash Cash & Bebe Rexha – Take Me Home (Chainsmokers Remix Radio Edit) – 129 BPM

To find more workout songs, folks can check out the free database at RunHundred.com. Visitors can browse the song selections there by genre, tempo, and era—to find the music that best fits with their particular workout routine.

As always, I have not been compensated for this release; RunHundred.com is always free to use.

And before I sign off, here’s a few pictures from my cousin’s wedding this past weekend. It was probably the most beautiful and love-filled wedding that I have ever attended. Tears were shed that’s for sure. But they were all tears of extreme happiness. Smile

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Angie & Jacob | 8-30-2014

How was your Labor Day weekend?