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July 22, 2010

In West Philadelphia

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , , , , — marathonmaiden @ 10:35

Except we didn’t go there 🙂

So I’ve been lazy with blogging.  Lazy being a relative terms as I’m currently running around like a chicken with my head cut off.  Who knew that taking a week off of class would stress me out so much?!

That said, I’m slowly getting back into the swing of things.  At least in terms of my work.  My last content class is tonight *GASP* and I’m excited and yet scared.  Definitely means that I should be ready to rock my next practice exam over the weekend.  Talk about pressure (and oh wait I have my respiratory system chapter out and am reading about negative pressure breathing.  Oh I am a nerd)

But rather than bore you with my woe-is-me and studying tales I think that a Philly recap is in order? So here are some highlights — some running related, others not so much:

And yes I know this is long.  But I don’t know when the next time I’ll have to sit down and blog is and I don’t want to keep you hanging.  But there are pictures.  That counts for something 🙂

First the overall non-running stuff: I had a blast.  Sure I was there for job training (which is always boring) but I met some awesome people who are going to be serving in the same city as I am.  This will be AWESOME when I actually move there and need to have friends.  Specifically friends who understand that VISTA-ing means poverty.  I also met some amazing people that aren’t serving near me but we went out for happy hour every night.  Seriously.  One of the girls I met and I really became close (she even came out to bar-hop with me and my high school friends that weekend!) and I can definitely see us traveling to hang out in the future.  Provided, of course, that we have money to do so haha.

Now the running.  Because I do call myself a runner.  Although before I get into the specifics I do want to mention that this trip chilled me out with regards to running.  Obviously I couldn’t run as much as I did pre-trip because I was so busy and happy hour > running extra.  This has carried over into the past few days back, partly because I need to play catchup with work and partly because I broke that chain of needing to do more to feel good.  So post-trip I’ve just been doing nice easy runs that are less than an hour.  Crazy right?

Tuesday July 13th: Train ride.  UGH to a 6 hour trip.  I did get some studying done, however, but man 6 hours sitting down is rough.  And because of when my train left and arrived and when orientation actually started I didn’t get to run.  Sad face.  But since I really can’t remember my last rest day (because such a thing really does exist) it was probably a good thing.

Wednesday July 14th: Run on hotel TM.  I tried to get my roommate for the trip to join me because she was a runner too but I was up at 0530 for it.  Not exactly what a 20-something wants to be doing.  I wasn’t 100% comfortable running through the city on my own and, since every night happy hour happened every day including the first one, I figured a run where I didn’t have to think was appropriate.

Thursday July 15th: RUN WITH FLO.  Okay so she beat me to the punch and mentioned me on her blog here and I’m lame and just mentioning it now but still. We ran along some river that I cannot and will never be able to pronounce for a couple miles.  It was great to actually meet her in person and she is hilarious.  I wish I lived closer to Philly so I could run with her more.  We ran together for maybe 5 miles and then I had my trip to/from the hotel plus a bit more to make it 9 or so.

Friday July 16th: I ended up running along the river again.  This time sans Flo.  I did, however, run past her which put some pep in my step because it’s always nice to see a familiar face when running.  I think I essentially ran the exact same route as the day before, but extended it a bit to make it 10 miles because I wasn’t sleeping well and was up early (and speaking of sleep I slept poorly the entire time I was at the hotel! Annoying!).  The scenery on the river was absolutely beautiful and reminded me a little bit of running along the Charles back “home” in Boston.  I didn’t take any pictures during the run (although I wish I had!) but here’s one I pulled off of google

Friday was my last day of training which was bittersweet.  On one hand I was soooo happy to be done with the actual orientation as there’s so much of it I can take at one time.  I was also happy because that means I can start my job next month and I’m really excited to be carrying out the VISTA mission at the clinic.  But I was sad because, like I mentioned, I made some really awesome friends and it sucks to know that I won’t be seeing some of them again.  But luckily, thanks to texting and facebook, I’ll be able to keep in touch.

After I was sworn in as a VISTA my friends from high school swung by my hotel and we went sightseeing.  I’d never been to Philly before so I wanted to do all the classic touristy stuff.  I’m also a huge nerd and wanted to see all the historic things.  Granted I live in a very colonial era so nothing was new to me but it was cool to see the same timeline but just in a different city.

I know that there’s so much writing here! But here are some pictures of the highlights. With minimal commentary (you know that I’ll never give up total commentary 🙂 )

City of Brotherly Love


Massachusetts represent! Side note: I don't think I was actually suppose to touch the flag. Oops.

Paddy's Pub @ 1630. We went to see Benji Franklin's grave after this and I was slightly tipsy. Oops.

After the sightseeing we went out to dinner and bar-hopping.  I don’t have any pictures of that but it was fun.  Lots of drinking and dancing.  One of the places we went to played old school BSB, *NSync, Britney and some Miley.  Ummm I was in heaven haha.

We stumbled home around 0300.  Not a bad thing but I wake up at 0800 no matter what time my head hits the pillow.  Which was the case here.  Since my friends are not as blessed as I am I took the opportunity to get a run in.  You know, work out all the alcohol that was likely sitting in my system.  It was really hot and humid at this time (definitely moreso than the 0530 runs I had been doing during training) and since I don’t live there I have no idea how far I ran.  I did run for 81 minutes which if I go wicked conservative on the pace is 9 miles.  So that’s what it’s written down as.  Hahah.

The rest of the afternoon was spent at Longwood Gardens which is a HUGE garden.  It was absolutely beautiful and stunning and amazing.  And I got to have an authentic Philly pretzel.  Yum.

Later that night we went to a more “college” bar scene which was fun.  While waiting in line for the restroom, my friend and I were told that we were “too beautiful for your own good”.  Ummmm yeah.  Awkward. Hahah.  Sadly I don’t have any pictures of that night either.  I do know that my friend has a really cute one but I’m going to have to wait and steal it when she puts it up on FB.  I’ll update either this post or a future one with it because I remember liking it. The night ended with us at a diner at 0200.  Good times 🙂

Yet again, after another late night I got up early.  I hit the streets but only for 36 minutes (~4 miles?).  All the drinking and dancing and not greatest eating definitely was taking it’s toll on me so I cut the run shorter than typical. But it was still good.  Hot but good.

My friends and I then went to a local creamery and got amazing ice cream and saw lots of farm animals.  Then before I knew it the time had come to board the train back to Boston.  Very sad moment.  Especially since the train was delayed two hours and I got back home at midnight.  Ugh.  But again, lots of studying so the trip wasn’t too bad.

Ummmm there you have it? I apologize again for the length of it (and spelling/grammar mistakes!) but I didn’t want to keep you guys hanging by breaking it up.  Life is very crazy at the moment and I should get back to studying.  MCAT boot camp week is almost over (class every night = no bueno) and I just have to push through the full length this weekend and I’ll get some breathing room to focus on the stuff I’m shaky on rather than keep reading new stuff.  Or maybe not as I have to pack and move, finalize my medical school application, and take another vacation.  All before starting my job on the 16th of August.

Did I mention that I love being busy? Because it would sure suck to be me if I didn’t 🙂

Hope everyone has a great Thursday and a wonderful weekend! I’m still in the process of catching up on your blogs so don’t think I’m ignoring you!


  1. …born and raised (thought i’d finish the line for ya!)

    Dude… you have another practice exam this weekend? Ugh…

    I am jealous of your trip to Philly. I had a few friends move up there and I really want to visit, I just haven’t yet. I’m such a procrastinator!

    Comment by Amy @ Second City Randomness — July 22, 2010 @ 10:40

    • Yup to the practice exam. I have to take 5 of them definitely before my exam and I’m thinking that doing 2 more would be good. I better be really effing prepared for this test. Ugh and FML haha

      And YES go to Philly. It’s so much fun!

      Comment by marathonmaiden — July 23, 2010 @ 11:50

  2. Glad you had a blast! I actually think you ran quite a bit 😉

    Comment by Matt — July 22, 2010 @ 10:57

    • Haha yeah I guess I did run a lot. Just compared to the week before I was at maybe 50% of my typical miles!

      Comment by marathonmaiden — July 23, 2010 @ 11:51

  3. Haha that’s the schulkyll river I bet… Which I can never spell unless I look it up. Which is obviously way too much work on an iPhone 🙂 cool coincidence – when you were on the train from philly to Boston, my dad was on a train from Boston to Philly!

    Sending good vibes your way this week during crunch time, and YAY for finding a happy medium with running!

    Comment by Erika @ DrTriRunner — July 22, 2010 @ 11:28

    • YES that’s the river. Why is it such a difficult word?! ahaha. And I miss you tooooooooooooo

      Comment by marathonmaiden — July 23, 2010 @ 11:52

  4. P.s. I definitely DID read this entire post!! Miss you Boston rw. college dailies buddy!

    Comment by Erika @ DrTriRunner — July 22, 2010 @ 11:31

  5. It was SO great to meet you, girl! And of course, way fun to run with you. Great photos, too, you look adorable.

    LOL about the Schuylkill river name, I’ve lived here 8 years and while I can say it, I still have to Google the spelling ever single time, as I just did. 🙂 And very cool that you got to Longwood Gardens, such a gorgeous place!

    Good luck with the job and if you get to Philly again, you have to give me a call!

    Comment by Flo — July 22, 2010 @ 12:43

    • Omg I totally will call you if I’m in Philly. Hopefully I get to visit my friend again soon and running will definitely happen 🙂

      Comment by marathonmaiden — July 23, 2010 @ 11:53

  6. Glad you enjoyed your trip to Philly! wish we could have arranged a meet up but i am not in philly for the summer! looks like you had fun. where did you get ice cream??

    Comment by Christina and Mary — July 22, 2010 @ 13:14

    • It was a local farm stand called Milky Way Farm. It wasn’t actually in Philly though because my friend lives in a suburb. I wish we could have had a meet up too. Next time 🙂

      Comment by marathonmaiden — July 23, 2010 @ 11:55

  7. You’re making me excited for the Rock & Roll Philly half!!! I love Philly, and we’re spending an extra day up there to be sure that we get to see the sights this year!

    Comment by Kim — July 22, 2010 @ 13:31

  8. Sounds like fun! Don’t worry about the lower mileage, it will be good for you. Is Philly where you will be moving or was it just job orientation? I couldn’t remember.

    Comment by Jess — July 22, 2010 @ 14:15

  9. Looks like you had a blast … and you still managed to get some good runs in! 🙂

    Comment by Jaime — July 22, 2010 @ 14:20

  10. Yay! Fun! And I agree with the above, the fact that you were able to cram ANY running into the trip was impressive. I cannot pronounce the river either. It is like that Icelandic volcano. I think Ben Franklin wouldn’t mind you viewing his grave a little drunkface. He was into that, right?

    Comment by sarah — July 22, 2010 @ 15:05

    • That’s EXACTLY what my friend said when I told her that seeing the grave drunk was disrespectful haha

      Comment by marathonmaiden — July 23, 2010 @ 11:55

  11. Looks like a fun trip! Even though you had to do a bunch of work stuff it seems like you got a little bit of a vacation feel in there.

    Comment by Chelsea — July 22, 2010 @ 15:54

  12. Sounds like a fun trip! Glad you met some cool people : )

    Comment by BostonRunner — July 22, 2010 @ 16:23

  13. Glad you had a fun trip to Philly! You definitely need to get a running skirt. It really is like super comfy. I was so surprised! I am even debating whether to wear it for the race on Saturday but not sure yet.

    Comment by J — July 22, 2010 @ 16:38

  14. Very nice post. So glad to see you taking time to relax and enjoy a bit.

    Comment by a marathoner — July 22, 2010 @ 16:44

  15. I love this recap and your pictures! Sounds like an exciting time is ahead for you! I understand you are super-busy but dont’ stay away from blogging too long because that makes me sad! 😦


    Comment by tmart — July 22, 2010 @ 21:01

  16. Aww, the pic of Boathouse Row tugs at my heartstrings. What an awesome trip. And I bet ol’ Ben was happy about his tipsy visitors. Doesn’t he have some kind of quote about beer being proof that god loves us…

    Comment by sweatykid — July 22, 2010 @ 21:15

    • Yes he did and it was wine. I took a picture of the plaque haha

      Comment by marathonmaiden — July 23, 2010 @ 11:56

  17. Hooray for your last content class! YAYYY! Cute photos, too!

    Comment by Jess — July 22, 2010 @ 22:47

  18. I’ve always heard such good things about Philly. This post makes me wanna go even more.

    Comment by thefoodrunner — July 23, 2010 @ 11:57

  19. Looks like Philly was a lot of fun! That river looks like an awesome place to run, I looved looking at all your pics too 🙂 Hope you have a better week next week btw

    Comment by Laura — July 24, 2010 @ 05:01

  20. Sounds like a great trip! Enjoy the rest, and take care

    Comment by Ian — July 24, 2010 @ 07:31

  21. As you know I want to move to the east coast more than anything, so I love looking at the pictures from your trip!

    And you are beautiful! Absolutely. I can tell just from these photos what gorgeous skin you have. I am quite envious, in a good way of course!

    Comment by Ameena — July 24, 2010 @ 10:50

  22. Aw, missed you, Karyn. I’m glad you updated, because I was wondering how you’re doing…I’m relieved to see you spunky and running around, albeit like a headless chicken. lol!

    Comment by sophia — July 24, 2010 @ 21:44

  23. Sounds like a great trip! You did an awesome job of fitting in runs away from home…way to go.
    Sure you will rock your practice exam, too!

    Comment by Emily — July 25, 2010 @ 06:33

  24. Love the running pics! Keep them coming, as it inspires me to SEE stuff as I move along.

    Comment by specialkphd — July 25, 2010 @ 12:28

  25. […] lifting? Not so much.  I’m thinking that this week I’ll reintroduce it but between my trip to Philly and all my MCAT work it just didn’t seem important.  Neither did running a kajillion miles as […]

    Pingback by There’s a Light in the Darkness? « MarathonMaiden's Blog — July 25, 2010 @ 14:57

  26. very very late on this but . . . i love your skirt 🙂

    and the practice tests – don’t worry, i think they’re a good thing! you want to be so used to it that you aren’t even phased on test day. that is how i felt (and yes i did kaplan mcat – 9 years ago omg i am OLD). sending positive study vibes!

    Comment by sarah (the SHU box) — July 27, 2010 @ 19:19

    • Awww thanks! That means so much 🙂 I’m just getting worried as I’m putting in so. much. time. And sometimes I feel like I’m not making any headway. Ugh.

      Comment by marathonmaiden — July 27, 2010 @ 19:27

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