Training update, 4-25-07: Doing the “Rocky” thing in Philadelphia

May 1, 2007 at 5:46 am | Posted in My current training | Leave a comment

One of the things that’s been fun about this training season, and having a busy travel schedule for work, is to be able to run in a lot of great locations around the country.

This week I was in Philadelphia for work. But I was able to keep up with my training schedule. I didn’t get pictures of the runs themselves, but I did run by the museum where “Rocky” ran up the steps. (I know I could have never did what Rocky did — when he celebrated at the top of the stairs, it was after about 50 steps up to the top. I wouldn’t be celebrating; I’d be passing out from a lack of oxygen from running stairs. Yowzah!)

But it was a great run — if you know anything about the city, I ran along the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, past the museum area, and along that river running along the eastern side of downtown. It’s a beautiful area. I was much, much more impressed with Philadelphia than I thought I would be. It’s a very old, historic city, with a compact downtown and neighborhoods that were walkable and full of great architecture and history. (Having grown up outside of Dallas, and knowning nothing about Philadelphia except that Eagles fans throw snowballs with rocks in them at the Cowboys when they played there, I had difficulty with the concept of Philadelphia being the “City of Brotherly Love” — if they throw rocks at people they “love”, what do they do to people they hate? But I was charmed by the city. And no one threw rocks at me, although I didn’t advertise I was a long time Cowboy fan. I’m not stupid.)

Here are some pics — Philadelphia City Hall, with its great architecture; a view of City Hall from Kennedy Plaza, with cherry blossoms and tulips in bloom; the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall (and one with me in it, to prove I was really there).

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I really liked Philadelphia.

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