“Remember, remember, the 29th(?) of November”

My dad is kind of like a "this day in history" machine. Just give him a particular day, and, after some digging through his resources or his knowledge base, out comes a notable event from that day. These moments range from the personal and the obscure--birthdays, stories of family and friends, etc--to the public and … Continue reading “Remember, remember, the 29th(?) of November”

“A square peg in a round hole” or “What the heck are we gonna do with Greater Pittsburgh International Airport?”

In the pre-dawn hours of October, 1, 1992, the newest addition to Allegheny County’s transportation network was open for business. After decades of planning and more than five years after breaking ground, the Pittsburgh region finally had a new airport: Pittsburgh International Airport (PIT). This sprawling facility replaced Greater Pittsburgh Airport, more informally known as … Continue reading “A square peg in a round hole” or “What the heck are we gonna do with Greater Pittsburgh International Airport?”

When Books about Running Teach You More than How to Run

I've recently been going through audiobooks that deal with running (in one way or another). Per usual, I have been listening to these during my jogs outside and cardio sessions at the gym ("running while listening to people talking about running" seems like something that should qualify you for bonus  miles or something). A few … Continue reading When Books about Running Teach You More than How to Run

Back Outside for a Run and Getting Out of Your (Thermal and Mental) Comfort Zone

Since the weather on Tuesday seemed about right for an outdoor run, I decided to forego the treadmill and head out for a jog. I was feeling a bit apprehensive, probably because I hadn't done a longer run outdoors in 2018. I figured that some of this apprehension related to the comfort and safety--does that … Continue reading Back Outside for a Run and Getting Out of Your (Thermal and Mental) Comfort Zone

Climbing the Jacobs Ladder to Sweat Success

Has anyone used a Jacobs Ladder Cardio Machine? In a more straightforward way than any description I can offer, the manufacturer's website summarizes what this thing is: "Jacobs Ladder provides the most efficient exercise for those serious about conditioning. Unlike most cardio machines, this patented treadmill climber utilizes low impact, high range of motion exercise … Continue reading Climbing the Jacobs Ladder to Sweat Success

“Strength training” or “Something that isn’t running”

Aside from running and going for walks, my typical routine has, for several years, included strength training a few times a week. This has not only been beneficial to my overall fitness (seriously, EVERYONE should incorporate some type of strength training into their exercise routine) but also been a great counterbalance to the days when … Continue reading “Strength training” or “Something that isn’t running”

Irony of My Blog Thus Far

In the short existence of this blog, I haven't written, well, anything about history. I hope to rectify this situation soon. In the meantime, most of what I've been researching relates to local--Pittsburgh region--history.  I'm particularly interested in stories involving the now-demolished Greater Pittsburgh International Airport and the current airport, Pittsburgh International. In my graduate … Continue reading Irony of My Blog Thus Far