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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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?

world's biggest pierogi

Photo credit: WTAE

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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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When you’re looking for something to do on a Sunday night, you have a limited selection, because many places close early. So when you have visitors in, or are just bored on a Sunday night, consider doing some of the things on the following list from one Pittsburgher to another.

Go to a Steelers game. While Steelers tickets may be expensive for more sought-out game nights, spending time at Heinz Field is probably not something you get to do every day. Checking out a game with friends and/or family could quite possibly be the best night you have all week. Checking out a Pens game sounds like an awesome option to me, too.

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You may know him for his roles as Spock in the modern Star Trek movies, Sylar from Heroes, or even Adam Kaufman from 24, but I know him as a guy I saw in a Greentree Subway once.  In shock, I stared (hard) at someone who I thought looked a lot like Zachary Quinto in one of my favorite sandwich shops. I commented to my significant other that he in fact, looked A LOT like him. We continued to stare, and it finally dawned on us—it WAS Zachary Quinto! I think he realized others were coming to this conclusion, too, and rushed through his order (and no, I don’t know what he ordered). As he attempted to leave, my other half commented, “Mr. Quinto!” I was astounded that he got the courage up to utter his name. I know I didn’t. The next thing I know, the three of us were scrambling for a phone (our friend, Will, was here for this experience, also), as we had asked him if we could get a picture taken with him before he left. I ran to the car, and, sadly, came up with nothing. Although we don’t have photographic evidence of this exciting event to this day, I did get to shake Quinto’s hand quietly say the words, “You’re my favorite actor…”  After this, he rushed out to something much more important.

Zachary Quinto

Don’t let him give you the Sylar look…

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This city, while sometimes challenging for the directionally challenged like myself, is a great destination to see for history lovers and adventurous travelers alike. These are some of the main things you don’t want to miss when you come here to visit, and also some things to keep an eye out for.

1) Don’t expect to get anywhere quickly on weeknights from 3:30-7:30 P.M. This is commonly referred to as “rush hour” in other cities, but other locations of this size are not comparable. You can expect to be stuck when going through any of the major tunnels in this town during these times for 2-3 hours at least.
2) There are free things that you can do every day in Pittsburgh. For example, many times, the museums around town will have days of the week where you can go for free all day long. Check out this site for more on that:
http://www.livingpittsburgh.com/2009/10/living-pittsburghs-free-and-affordable-events-listing-things-to-d/ .

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