I really haven't run as much as I should to prepare for the 1/2 marathon on May 5th. I mostly blame the weather, because I HATE to run in cold weather. As a matter of fact, as I write this post, I am waiting for the temperature to hit 50 degrees before I go out and do my 6 miles today.
I'm a wimp.
However, I couldn't avoid running in cold weather for the Ole 5K on April 13th. I signed up for this race MONTHS ago, figuring it was for a great cause, and the weather would be spot-on at this point. No. Not at all. It was SO COLD and windy!
In addition, it was quite hilly. I finished WAY over my typical 5K time, and was really just happy that I had finished, period. Luckily, I didn't get any more blisters (another reason I haven't run as much as I should).
After the race, there was a Mexican buffet - but, Food Collage, her husband (R., who had also ran the 5K), and I decided not to partake for 2 reasons: 1.) It was from a catering company that obviously had no real ties to what "Mexican food" really is, and 2.) The line extended for several hundred feet, and we were cold and hungry.
I'm not too familiar with the North Hills, but Food Collage is, and she decided that Stoke's Grill would be a great place for lunch. R. and I just wanted some warm soup as part of the meal, so it sounded like a do-able option.
|Order at the counter, take a seat, place your number on the table|
Pretzel sandwiches caught my eye immediately. I love soft pretzels, and anything in between two soft pretzels is an absolute bonus. "The Hitch" was really my only pork-free option: turkey, Swiss cheese, lettuce, tomato, and honey mustard. I ordered it as a combo with a drink and French fries:
|"The Hitch" Combo|
|Meat view, "The Hitch"|
...but even if it does, it still tastes the same, right?
The fries were good, but nothing to write home about. I've had better, I've had worse.
I may have ordered too much food, because I was SUPER full - I even offered my fries to Food Collage and R., and he did take some (thank goodness).
A great lunch with great people - and I could definitely tell that I had run when I tried to stand up from the table. Ow. Now to try to run 6 miles today...
4771 McKnight Rd.
Pittsburgh, PA 15237