As you know, I got into Philly on Thursday night leaving me a little extra time to fit in my long runs. This weekend's plan called for a 24-26 miler on Saturday and a 10 miler on Sunday, but I knew that wasn't possible.
So, I apologized to my roommates Thursday night, Heather, Lisa and Kristin for my early wakeup call Friday morning. I woke up at 5:45 am and got my long run gear on.
After cranking out 15 miles (my right glute was fairly unhappy with me from mile nine on), I still had plans for running Saturday during the planned group long run. Several of the Healthy Living Summit bloggers are training for marathons or halfs right now so it only made sense.
The only part that didn't make sense? Waking up at 4:40 am to run before a full day conference. Three early mornings in a row were really wearing on me, but I managed to meet the group of 20 or so in the lobby on time.
Meghann! And thanks for organizing the whole group, Ashley!
I ran almost six miles with Liz of Little Bitty Bakes before turning around along the Schuylkill River path. She was doing 14 total and I decided I didn't need to do quite as many.
On the way back, I stopped about every 5 minutes to take another photo. What can I say? It's one of my favorite things to do when I'm playing tourist in a new city - run & snap photos.
A row of boat houses lines the path where it appeared that older men join these "frat" like boat clubs to do their daily rowing. I was definitely intrigued by this row of greek looking boat houses.
Had to say hi to THE Rocky Steps (and the Philadelphia Museum of Art)
And just like that, I had done a 15 miler one day and an 11 miler the next. I think these legs are ready for the McKenzie River 50K!
Back at the hotel it was time to shower, upload photos and get ready for the Attune sponsored breakfast!
Despite these painfully early mornings, I much prefer having my long run done and out of the way for the entire day. That way, I can do whatever I want the rest of the day and don't have to worry about temps, when I eat, showering later, etc.
Oh and Philly, I much prefer Oregon running temps to your muggy situation. Holler if you ever want to come out to Oregon and run in blissfully mild temps with beautiful scenery!