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September 2001


Campaign finance reform becomes a crucial platform issue


Editorial: Welcome to the Pittsburgh Standard

Letters to the editor:

Two powerhouses govern the people in different ways

Bush power to the rescue


Finding the right priced textbook


Cruising the Burgh on foot


Chi Alpha ministries makes an impact

The Newman Club offers Catholics hope

Moral law or religious banter: The debate over the 10 Commandments continues


Jaromir Jagr makes capital with the Capitals

The Great Race: For the elite and slow of feet

The pampered life of a college athlete



September online edition

Cruising the Burgh on foot

Pittsburgh Standard    

      So youíve cruised right through those 6.2 miles feeling like you could have kept right on going if it wasnít for the fact that youíve reached the Point and donít feel like swimming the Ohio.  Or, youíre like most, and feel absolutely exhausted afterwards but feel that sweet spot of pride that comes with the accomplishment of having trained and finished a race and are eager to experience it again.  Or you ran in high school and are wondering how youíre going to satisfy the addiction of endorphins now that youíre in college.  No matter what your situation, youíll be satisfied to know that itís easy to be or become a runner in Pittsburgh. 

            In addition to Pittsburgh being ranked the 20th healthiest city in the country by Natural Health magazine, going to school here provides ample opportunities to get outside and hit the track, trail, or pavement.  There are many close-by neighborhoods like Squirrel Hill, Shadyside, and Bloomfield providing plenty of meandering roads to explore. Carnegie Mellon has a very nice track for those days when one feels like running in circles.  One of the greatest assets of the Oakland area is the proximity to some great parks; both Schenley and Frick parks are close to Oakland and provide plenty of recreational trails.  These are especially recommended if you happen to be here in the summer and need some shade in order to escape the scorching sun.  Thereís also the city itself, most easily accessed by the newly constructed Eliza Furnace trail starting in Schenley Park and running alongside 376 to downtown.  Plans exist to have the trail loop around the point and head back along the Allegheny to the north, making for a nice 7 to 8 mile course.  No matter where you run, certainly no one complains about not finding enough hilly terrain here in western Pennsylvania.  

            So now that you know that there are places to run, how does someone new to the sport get started?  Itís basically just putting one foot in front of the other.  Well, there may be more to it than that but not much.  It all starts with getting the appropriate shoes.  Itís fine to just grab any pair of sneakers when just starting, but once the number of miles start to increase itís good to invest the time and money in having an athletic store trainer find the right type of shoe for your running style.  Other than that, the key is consistency.  Set a weekly schedule that matches your goals and other commitments, whether it is to be physically fit or to enter an upcoming race.  Three things to keep in mind are to increase mileage slowly so as not to over-train, work in appropriate stretching to prevent injuries, and take days off to rest.  Check out and for good running tips. 

            So throw on the shoes and head out the door and pretty soon you may find yourself at the starting line of the annual Pittsburgh marathon eager to start running a distance that most would consider a lengthy car trip. 


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