I wanted to do some sort of workout on Saturday since I had basically taken the week off to rest. So I did the P90X back and legs dvd (fast-forwarding through the back exercises since I don’t have a pull-up bar and was short on time anyway). It never feels too bad when you’re actually doing it. It feels hard but not terrible. But now, 3 days later, I’m still pretty sore. Legs was followed by Ab Ripper X. Mike got back from his speedy 12-mile run right as I was ab ripping. It was TOUGH. I didn’t even finish it. Even though I’m doing a marathon in 1.5 weeks, I don’t think this is the best shape of my life. It’s hard to find time to get in the necessary strength work when marathon training but I realize just how important it is for form and to prevent injuries.
We took the train up to Philadelphia for the night and stayed in the Palomar by Kimpton. I LOVE all the little touches and details that Kimpton pays attention to; nothing is overlooked. We got a mini soft pretzel and homemade lemonade at check-in. And each room comes with a yoga mat! They also give out maps of recommended running routes. The nightly complimentary wine happy hour is also a favorite!
Our hotel was across the street from Federal Donut, listed as a top 50 restaurant in Philadelphia. It’s not fancy by any means. It’s a little hole in the wall place with the best donuts we have ever had. I don’t typically like donuts because they sometimes feel like a rock in my stomach but these were so light and airy. We had the sea salt and milk chocolate, cookies & cream, and hot & fresh vanilla spice.
We walked quite a bit – around Rittenhouse Square and then meandered to the Art Museum where we waited to get a photo with Rocky and ran up the famous steps. It was fun to see many of the areas we ran through during the Rock ‘n Roll Half in September. We saw something we’d never seen before – homeless people had staked claim to various photo ops (LOVE statue, Rocky) and would take your picture (multiple ones – directing you to pose different ways) and then you tipped them. Pretty good idea. There was a line of tourists at each photo spot so we figured it was what you did. You didn’t really have an option.
We cabbed to Northern Liberties where the Stephen Starr German beer garden Frankford Hall is. It was awesome! Stephen Starr is known for his great theme restaurants – for the theming as well as the food! It has a cool open space with fire pits, ping pong tables, outdoor bars as well as an indoor space with long tables and piles of Jenga games for people to borrow. We stayed warm indoors and enjoyed delicious brats, sauerkraut, big beers and giant pretzels with warm cheese. Relaxing Sunday in Philly!