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Feb 9, 2011

Downtown Pittsburgh Run!!!!

I braved the cold(10 degrees) and my fear of running in an unknown city and ran outside in downtown Pittsburgh this morning. 5 miles of running through downtown, over several bridges(& they have lots of them), and trails on the river. The downtown skyline was incredible all lit up since it was dark. I felt reasonably safe. There were lots of people out downtown. I saw three runners. My run took me out the hotel, next to PNC Park where the Pirates play, over a bridge, and run right down Penn avenue. The city was so lit up that I did not even need my headlamp. I ran past a Heinz building as in Ketchup and ran past many hotels, office buildings and apartment buildings. Part of the trail was closed for construction but I was just exploring so it didn't matter. I imagine that during the day and in summer, this is an incredible place to run. I brought my garmin so that will be interesting to see.

I forgot my camera so all I have is an iPhone. I may try to bring the iPhone tomorrow with me but it's dark so don't know if anything will come out. I can't get pictures to upload so I'll do that when I'm home this weekend. Why was I so scared to run outside? Because I don't know the area and it's dark but it didn't take long to find out where I was going and got comfortable with being out there in this big city running alone. I'm quite proud of myself as I probably debated about going out there for hours before doing it. Now I'm glad I did.

Have a great day and.....Keep Running!!!!

16 comments:

  1. Nice job braving a new place and getting out there!

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  2. I am proud of you for forsaking the treadmill and seeing the city in a new "light."

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  3. jealous! My hubby is a Steelers fan and we drove through Pittsburgh once on the way home from visiting his Dad, saw the Stadium and everything (from the road) Have fun!

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  4. Afraid???? Just run faster than the person chasing you! HA

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  5. Good for you....you should have worn a Packers Jersey and done some speed work...hahahaha

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  6. Great job!!! Sounds like a cool run!

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  7. Good for you! I am always chicken about running outside in strange cities.

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  8. This is great! What a fantastic way to explore the unknown city. Have fun!

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  9. So fun to see a city that way!

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  10. Great job! Now the next time you go back, you'll have a place to run.

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  11. Well done! It is scary running in a unfamiliar place in the dark you are braver than me.

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  12. Glad you talked yourself INTO it! Yay!

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  13. Nice job! Some of the best runs are the ones you have to talk yourself into.

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  14. Great run in a great city (well, not that I've ever been there but I hear it's great :)).

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  15. I grew up in Pittsburgh and it is a wonderful place to run. Years ago it was dirty and smoke filled - now it is so clean it is like you are in Canada!

    Hope you enjoy the rest of your visit!

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  16. Way to get out there and run. I'm always afraid to run in places I don't know. I have no issues driving around...but running, not so much. I think I'll make that a 2011 goal. Go running in an unknown city. Could be fun! :-)

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