I had my last weekend of training for my half this weekend. It was pretty stressful to figure out where I was going to get 12 miles in a place I am not familiar with for running. I do know Pittsburgh is very hilly. So i kept Google-ing places to run. My cousin recommended me run nearby his place on an extended shoulder. I said, "hell no". I found a rail-to-trail in Pittsburgh. I was a little nervous because I didn't know the area real well but it was somewhat flat (on the river bank). So I went with it. I wrote down my start point, the bridges I was crossing, and key places so Lori knew where I was. I got there right as the sun came up. It was beautiful looking at the city skyline as the sun came it. The course i went was amazing. If you are ever in Pittsburgh and want to go for a bike ride or a run. Check out the 3 Rivers Trail. It was fantastic. It even had a pedestrian bridge across the Monongahela (which as a pedestrian planner makes me smile. It can be done folks). I got my 12 mile run in and it was awesome. It was a bit hillier then I am use to but I lived. My calves are mad at me but I am fine. Well worth the 20 minute drive. It was a great way to see Pittsburgh too. Completely different than driving. It is one of my favorite cities too.
The weekend was so much fun. I got to see my brother +Scott Lambert, my mom +Debbie Lambert , my cousins and grandparents. I am so thankful for my amazing family and that my grandparents got to meet Avery. I got to show +Lori Lambert and Tim where my grandparents use to live, where my Pap grew up and where I spent a ton of time in my childhood. Even though it was only 3 days it was well worth it. Just having my brother come in too from Pittsburgh was great. I actually got to see him Twice in the past few months. Avery had a blast spending time with her extended family. I sometimes get jealous because to visit all of Lori's family, I just have to walk next door. For mine, we have to drive 8 hours. Anyways. Great weekend. Amazing family.