If you are like most of the people in the movie Run Fatboy Run, you may be asking, “Why (run)?” If you’re unsure as to why/how to run a 5K successfully, I’m here to tell you. If I can run a 5K, anyone can! How to run a 5K? RUN like the wind! Why? Only you can answer that question. Below are some (hopefully) helpful tips on how to survive your first.  And you can look forward to a Color Me Rad Pittsburgh 5K photo journal soon, also.

Registration Tips

When registering for a 5K, you may find out you have to raise money in order to meet a goal to run for certain organizations, especially for bigger runs like the Pittsburgh Marathon. You may be able to register as an individual, but depending on the organization, you may need to join a team. Registration is pretty self-explanatory, though. There may be a flat fee involved if you aren’t raising money for a charity of some kind, just so you know. Make sure you read the fine print, though, about when to pick up your registration packet, dates, times, other fees, and whether or not you can run and walk in said 5K.

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Get your running shoes ready…

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This town is a sports town. We all know this to be true. We do enjoy other things now and again, though, in this city. Some of the best gifts for Pittsburghers near and far can be found online, or in a store near you, if you live in Pittsburgh, that is. There is so much to see in this landscape-filled town, so get someone the gift of the view off of Mount Washington, or ice skating at PPG. What more could you ask for from a dazzling Steel City like ours?

Sports Gifts: Get your ‘Burgher a terrible towel, a Pens ugly Christmas sweater, or a Pirates tee, and they are guaranteed to be pleased.

Pittsburgh Penguins ugly sweater

Ugly Penguins Christmas sweater, anyone?

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Mini Movie Reviews: Interstellar, Big Hero 6, and John Wick

These movies really don’t have much in common, except that they all dropped right before the blockbuster-filled time of the year that most people refer to as the holiday season.



Interstellar was, for one, not what I expected. It did turn out to be pretty great, though. I watched the movie with an open mind, even though I thought at first that they gave too much away in the trailers. I was surprised when I saw the movie, though, because I found out that they did not, in fact, give away too many plot details. They kept just enough behind the curtain to surprise most. Sure, they showed every actor and actress that was going to be in the movie, the fact that some of the main characters lived on a farm, and part of the plot-line where some of the characters go into space, but that was not the main premise of the movie, although these elements did play big parts in the overall plot.

**Don’t read further if you haven’t seen these movies yet, and would like to stay spoiler-free.

*Ratings are on a scale of 5 as the highest rating.

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The Steelers’ Ben Roethlisberger threw for 340 yards and six scores and set an NFL record for touchdown passes in consecutive games in an awesome victory over the Ravens this last Sunday.

Mean Joe Greene’s #75 was also retired this last weekend during halftime. This legend of Pittsburgh got a great showing at the game and everyone was abuzz about this event on Monday.

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A Steelers car seen at the Pittsburgh History Museum.

And now onto the Pens!

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We broke our first world record here in Pittsburgh almost a week ago, right in Rivers Casino on the North Side. This was Pierogi Day, of course, and Pittsburgh now holds the record for largest pierogi, weighing in at a mighty 123 lbs. Apparently there were at least 60 potatoes used in the process, and special tools and refrigeration units were created to contain this monster. Mrs. T had this to say to the Post-Gazette about the event: “If you ever hear someone talk about (sic) when they had a pierogi, they will always remember the first time because it was something they were doing that they liked.” Wise words, Mrs. T, wise words. How many people do you know that don’t know where they were when they tried their first pierogi?

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Photo credit: WTAE

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Hockey is back. I can smell the ice and the excitement all the way from Swissvale. None of these tweets below will ever be as awesome (to me) as Mike Lange’s classic, “Slap me silly, Sidney!” There were some good ones, though. The Pens played hard. Fleury was hated on, followed by a monstrous “Fleury, Fleury, Fleury!” chant. There were fights; there were penalties. Steigy made a generalizing German comment; Errey was cool as a cucumber. The fans were rowdy, and this town was having fun.  I will never get sick of these things, no matter how many years go by. I am a hockey fan at heart, and a new promising season has begun. Sill held ground and moved to the top of the roster for some, and Hornquist did pretty well, too. Maybe Johnston will turn things around; maybe we will have a winning team this year (again). Who knows what the season will bring. All I know is that it was great night for hockey in this steel town.

And now, for the best tweets of the night:

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Pittsburgh Penguins tweets


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By PerryPlanet (Own work) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Will Smith, Elijah Wood, Vin Diesel, and Michael Caine will all be in Pittsburgh in the next couple of months. In fact, a couple of them are here already (Elijah Wood and Vin Diesel). We shouldn’t be surprised at the fact that these greats would want to come to our humble city to film their upcoming movies. In fact, the Post-Gazette is quoted as saying that it’s a proven fact that every $1 given in tax credits in Pennsylvania $1.72 back to the state in tax revenue.

Without further ado, here are the movies that are residing, or did reside, in the ‘Burgh recently.

-A new Will Smith movie is calling for football players from around town to be extras in his new film about the hot topic of football and head injuries, which does not have a title yet. See this link for more information: http://www.post-gazette.com/ae/movies/2014/09/23/Football-movie-to-be-filmed-locally-needs-extras/stories/201409230077.

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