Hello and Happy Monday!
Yesterday was a big day for this girl over here–I ran my second half marathon!
On Saturday morning, Chris and I left bright and early for Philly. The drive up there really isn’t bad at all if you don’t hit any traffic, which we didn’t (phew!).
Even though I’ve seen this skyline several times throughout my life, I never get sick of it. I’m a sucker for a good skyline.
Many thanks to Chris, as always, for taking one for the team and driving me to and from Philly. I can’t imagine what it would have been like to suffer through a bumpy bus ride after running 13.1 miles.
It was a beautiful day Saturday, which was awesome because we planned on spending the whole day exploring the city. Our first stop was Boathouse Row to pick up my bib. The Expo wasn’t as big as the Rock’N’Roll Expo, but I didn’t mind because I didn’t want to spend the day inside and the last thing I need to do is get suckered into spending more money 🙂
After I picked up my bib, we drove to a little town about 10 minutes outside of Philly, where my brother lives. We parked the car there and took the train into the city.
The train ride only took about 20 minutes, which was nice, and it dropped us off exactly where we wanted to be–center city! As soon as we got off the train the first thing I saw was the Philadelphia Runner store. Being that I was in the city for a half marathon, I found it fitting to go inside. I thought I might find a running tee with a funny saying on it, but instead I walked out with kinesio tape and an leg band to wear while running to prevent knee pain (from my pesky IT, sigh).
After the running store, we hit up Chris’s favorite place–Monk’s Cafe. Great beer, mussels, fries, and people. I only had one beer because I didn’t want to overdo it before race day. I drank water like crazy on Saturday to make sure I was properly hydrated and also to help soothe my scratchy throat. We met up with my brother and a friend who just moved to Philly and grabbed lunch at a BBQ place and then explored Philly a little bit more.
We stumbled across the Magic Gardens. I definitely need to go back there.
And of course I had to show my brother Cookie Confidential–an amazing cookie (and other treats) shop that I discovered while in Philly in November.
After stocking up on cookies (the perfect pre-race fuel), we headed back to my brother’s and grabbed dinner in his quaint little town. I was in bed by 10:30, ready to take on race day! But still slightly sick.
Check back later for my review of the actual race!
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