Running http://wesa.fm en Fueling Up for the Pittsburgh Marathon with Food Writer Gretchen McKay http://wesa.fm/post/fueling-pittsburgh-marathon-food-writer-gretchen-mckay <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">For the thousands of people who have been training for the <a href="http://www.pittsburghmarathon.com/">Dick's Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon</a>, the proper foods can make all the difference when it comes to race day performance. <a href="http://www.post-gazette.com/life/food">Pittsburgh Post-Gazette food</a> writer Gretchen McKay has been training for the event and has written a series of articles on marathon meal ideas. </span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">She’s been tracking her nutrition in a food diary and says as race day approaches, she's eating plenty of pasta and whole-grain foods. She says carbs and protein are especially important because they help repair muscles torn while running.</span></p><p> Tue, 29 Apr 2014 21:20:37 +0000 Essential Pittsburgh 28394 at http://wesa.fm Fueling Up for the Pittsburgh Marathon with Food Writer Gretchen McKay PSO Violinist to Bring Pittsburgh Love to Boston Marathon http://wesa.fm/post/pso-violinist-bring-pittsburgh-love-boston-marathon <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Last weekend, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra violinist Susanne Park held a </span><a href="http://www.post-gazette.com/ae/music/2014/04/11/PSO-violinist-to-play-Boston-Marathon-benefit/stories/201404110035" style="line-height: 1.5;">benefit</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> to raise money for Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital in Boston. </span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The institution was key in helping victims of the Boston Marathon bombings last year. This year, Park has gathered donations from local businesses to help the cause. Her sister ran in the </span><a href="http://www.baa.org" style="line-height: 1.5;">marathon</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> last year and she said she tracked her sister’s progress in the race until everything suddenly stopped. </span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Park's sister was one of the many runners unable to contact family for hours amidst the chaos.</span></p><p> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 18:30:44 +0000 Katherine Blackley 27609 at http://wesa.fm PSO Violinist to Bring Pittsburgh Love to Boston Marathon 8th Annual Trail Fest Coming to a Park Near You http://wesa.fm/post/8th-annual-trail-fest-coming-park-near-you <p>The Pittsburgh Trail Advocacy Group (PTAG) is trying to attract more bikers, hikers and visitors to Allegheny County’s trails by broadening this year's celebration. &nbsp;</p><p>The eighth annual Trail Fest, formerly the Mountain Bike Fest, will feature a wider variety of events than in years past. Trail running and hiking have been added to the list of activities, &nbsp;with the mainstay — mountain bike riding returning.</p><p>Peter Greninger, president of PTAG, said the festival is for any nature lover.</p> Thu, 11 Jul 2013 14:55:27 +0000 Michael Lynch 12887 at http://wesa.fm