Sunday, November 22, 2009

Run to Brunch, Philly-style

Sunday November 22, 2009 in Philadelphia, PA started off a little chilly, but with a few extra layers it was the perfect temperature to start the Philadelphia half-marathon. As the race was underway, the sun came out and it was a beautiful running weather. I had decided to run this as a "fun run" so I took off slowly, making sure to take in the course. After seeing friends at mile 1, the course became a bit boring so I turned on some tunes and glided through the next few miles. The crowd on South Street was electrifying and I took off my headphones to soak it in. By mile 7, my body had forgotten the plan to "run for fun" and I was flying by the cheering Frat boys of Drexel U, the Philadelphia zoo and into a pretty park that had what felt like a mile-long hill. A few miles later, I happily crossed the finish line. Post-race treats were plentiful including chicken broth (none for me, thank you), oranges, bananas, juice, granola bars, and my favorite...a Philly Soft Pretzel. After showering and packing our bags at the lovely Sofitel Hotel (wins my vote for the best hotel bed!), my friends and I met up for brunch at the aptly named Marathon Grill.

After gulping down a few glasses of water, I was ready for something with more substance. I chose an egg white omelet with spinach, mushrooms, and Gruyere...delicious. The portion was generous and arrived with half of the plate full of greasy fried potatoes and 2 pieces of whole wheat toast.
For the table, we also ordered a dark chocolate chip cookie dough pancake...how can one pass that up!?! Such a treat, but we were glad that we only ordered one. A satisfying meal after a satisfying run in a great city...what a day!

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