Runners are a Crazy Bunch

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.

Thanks for the photo, 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!


J said…
Great job! Early mornings are tough once you get more than two in a row! But it is so worth it to get the runs done with and out of the way!
Nice work getting your runs in! I can't handle too many early mornings in a row or else it really catches up with me and I crash hard. I usually only get up early 2 mornings in a row during the week!
Those legs are definitely ready! Gorgeous photos, but I'd take Oregon over Philly any day ;)
Nice work! Isn't running in humidity tough? It has been better here lately but we had a stretch of horrid humidity. I would def love to run in Oregon temps!! :)
Leigh said…
I am definitely not a morning person, so way to go for getting up super early! Philly looks gorgeous!
Anonymous said…
good for you! training for my 2nd half in september!

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