I was in Philly last week/weekend for work. As always, it was a lot of WORK… but I managed to squeeze in some fun.
Some things on my to-do list:
1. Run the “Rocky” steps at the Philadelphia Museum of Art–check!
I ran the mile and a half from my hotel to the steps… and then ALL the way to the top… it was quite a feat. I even had the Rocky theme song playing as I ran up the steps. A nice man who was in town for the English teacher convention (i.e. OUR convention) took this picture. It’s a little embarrassing, but I was sooooo happy to have “proof.”
Afterwards, I tried running back to my hotel… and got lost (shocker!). I probably got an extra 2 miles of running in + an extra 3 or 4 walking. Navigational FAIL!
2. See the Liberty Bell–check!
Through glass. At night. It wasn’t that impressive. But I got one viable photo:
3. Sample an authentic Philly cheesesteak– check!
You’ve probably heard of the famous rivalry between Genos and Pat’s– two steak stands in South Philly who vie for the title of “best” cheesesteak. After our work was done, a colleague and I took a cab to sample the goods. She got a *very* plain sandwich–steak and provolone only–from Genos and I got a pepper steak “with” + Whiz from Pat’s (that’s cheesesteak lingo for a cheesesteak with peppers and onions and, yes, Cheese Whiz). Mine was better. Not only did mine have the delicious goodness of the peppers, onions, and cheese whiz, the meat and bread of mine was tastier. Pat’s wins… hands down.
Geno's on the left, Pat's on the right
4. Participate in the Philadelphia Marathon– FAIL (sorta!)
I had originally planned on running the 8K as part of the Philly marathon, but it sold out too quickly. Then I thought about going down and spectating the beginning of the race. But it was entirely too crazy down there. I did, however, “crash” the marathon expo… and bought a couple of shirts (one of which I’m wearing in my Rocky picture… it says “Will Run for Beer,” but you really can’t read it). Spending money counts as supporting the running community, right? :)
entrance to the Philly Marathon expo--literally steps from our own exhibit hall entrance!
I also shared many dinners, laughs, drinks, and good times with my work buddies. Putting on these shows is kinda like camp– you bond instantly with your co-workers. Except it’s really hard work and we’re all tired and cranky. But at the end of the day, it’s nice to have a good group of people to commiserate with!