First off, please go away gross weather..
Now, let me back-track to last weekend and two positively Pittsburgh-ish events..
I hit up the Bloomfield Little Italy Fest last Friday night with some friends. I was surprised to find Liberty Avenue still open, with the festival tents lining the sides of the street. For some reason, I thought Liberty Avenue would be closed.
We perused the various booths, eyeing up pasta, pizza, funnel cakes, salads, etc. Finally, we settled on meatballs and pizza from the booth outside Angelo’s (4766 Liberty). Pretty good. One friend followed up the feast with a bowl of wedding soup. We all ended the gorge with cannolis.
Overall, the food was good. Perhaps I expected a little more though. My cannoli was kind of so so and the pizza was standard pizza shop stuff. I think this festival veers more toward a community event than an actual ‘food fest’. There were also booths with games and raffles. That was ok with me though, and I enjoyed the atmosphere. It also allowed me a chance to check out some Bloomfield spots that I usually don’t catch when zooming past in my car. Sausalido (4621 Liberty) looked cute and inviting, as did the Pleasure Bar (4729 Liberty). And I still have to try Thai Cuisine (4627 Liberty)! We also stopped in Lot 17 (4617 Liberty) and had a beer. This is actually a pretty decent looking place – reminds me of Doc’s in Shadyside, but nicer. Lot 17 was a younger crowd and there was a decent beer selection. We were able to grab some polished wood stools and enjoyed people watching.
On Sunday morning, I got up bright (well actually dark and rainy) and early to run the Pittsburgh Great Race 5K. The Boy was out of town and no friends could be talked into racing with me. Therefore, I was flying solo! I had a homemade bagel with peanut butter and pondered my running outfit considering the rain and cooler temps. I decided on capri running pants, a tank, and a fitted hoodie.
I actually chose to drive and park near the finish line and then catch a shuttle back to Oakland. This worked OK for me but it looked like the shuttle lines were getting backed up and I am not sure everyone made it to the start in time. I got downtown around 7:30AM and eventually made it to the start line about 8:10AM.
The atmosphere at the start line was festive despite the rain. I stretched and walked around a bit. Finally, we were off.
I felt I got a fairly quick start. I didn’t feel like everyone was flying past me, like in my last race. To be fair, the Great Race 5K is a mostly downhill race. It runs from Oakland, down the Boulevard of the Allies, and in to Downtown. Downhill = good. I did stop to walk at both water stations and walked a little more once the race hit downtown – my knee was hurting! As I knew I wasn’t far from the finish, I finally sucked it up and tried to keep up a quick pace in the remaining quarter mile or so.
I ended up finishing in 30 minutes and 17 seconds. Faster than my last 5K! I seriously don’t know how people run these races in 20 minutes or so. Crazy to me!
I milled around the finish line area for a bit and watched some other finishers come in. I liked the set up of the finish at the Point – it wasn’t like this when I ran the race a few years ago (probably due to construction).
I was proud of myself for finishing in a decent time and not chickening out 1) when I knew I would be solo or 2) when I woke up and it was raining.
I would like to get one more 5K in this fall but we shall see:)