Yo! Adrian

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Rocky Run 2014

Yesterday I had the pleasure of participating in the Rocky Run here in Philly. It was a 5k or a 10k run or Ralk. I just made that up because that’s what I did. The festivities started where else but at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, where Rocky ran those beautiful steps giving everyone hope that the underdog can make it to the top with  nothing more than determination.

My dear partner in crime a/k/a the Lucy to my Ethel signed us up for this event for several reasons, the first being the big fat medal you get when it’s over. Sad, but true. Little did we know we would be getting so much more out of this experience.

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What Not To Wear … Ever

All 7,000 participants were broken down into corals based on their run time. The folks in the front of the line were hardcore wearing all the proper running gear, that they no doubt wear every single day of their lives. Let’s just say things started to look differently as we headed to our coral at the back of the line. 

We went from a sea of Nike logos to a middle-aged man dressed as “Hulk Hogan” holding a model of Rocky made of balloons in a few small steps. I seriously debated having my corneas burned after this site.

I was suddenly back in grade school when our math groups divided us by using the names of flowers. Row one was filled with roses, while me and the rest of the dandelions sat in row six. Those Catholic schools really knew how to make us feel like shit!  I think it’s safe to say that Sister Mary Make Me Feel Like Shit underestimated the resilience of a dandelion …. just try to get rid on one in your yard, I dare ya!

We stood in our coral of racing misfits eyeing up our “competition” and confirmed that there was NO WAY the Louie Anderson look-alike was crossing that finish line before Lucy & Ethel. Game on!

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Crack Kills

The Eye of the Tiger was playing over the speakers and we were off running, only to be stopped in our tracks by a huge crack on the running path …. oh yes, the crack of Hulk Hogan’s ASS was right, dare I say…. in FRONT of us!  Once the nausea passed we blew past him determined to leave him in our dust.

You can all thank Lucy for this photo. It wasn’t easy  for her to capture the essence of the moment while moving in a crowd of running people. All in the name of “what NOT to wear” for a list a mile freaking long! 

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Boathouse Row Philadelphia

Once we left that crack in the road behind us we were able to see the true beauty of our city. The race went along Boathouse Row, which just happens to be one of my favorite city landmarks. It is located on the east bank of the Schuykill River and home of social and rowing clubs, each having their own history. They are gorgeous day and night.

This entire area oozes with architecture genius that put the skyscrapers in the background to shame. Structures such as the Fairmount Water Works and The Philadelphia Art Museum are certainly a thing of the pastAnother reminder that change is everywhere.

Lucy & Ethel

Lucy & Ethel

We finished in less than an hour and that included several stops along the way for pictures, laughing and of course … trying not to pee our pants on this very cold morning. 50 year-old female problems.

We celebrated with free protein bars and water before heading over to tackle those famous museum steps like Rocky! When in Rome …. 

 

It was a morning filled with a bit of everything, especially some much-needed soul feeding.

  • Belly laughter with a friend
  • Ralking among the beauty of my city
  • 15,000 steps on my Garmin before 10:00 a.m.; and
  • Feeling like a CHAMPION were the perfect way to Enjoy the Ride! 
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Whoot!

 

 

 

 

 

10 responses

  1. OMG! I watched the coverage of the race on the news last night. I should have looked for you or better yet the Hulk Hogan crack! I am amazed that they didn’t feature that famous landmark.

  2. I can say nothing more than, Excellent! You captured the experience perfectly and for anyone who did not participate in the Rocky Run, they sure did now!!!! You are a champion of your race- The Race we call LIFE!

  3. I could have done without the “crack kills” photo. Well done Lucy and Ethel. Adrian too.

  4. I love Boathouse Row. Sadly, one of the bests views of it is from the Sure-Kill Expressway, where diverting ones eyes from the road for even a second is not recommended.

  5. Thanks for taking us along on this adventure! I, for one, am so happy to get to see my city which I miss dearly every day!

  6. Congratulations! You did it! I think I have a friend who did it too. I am saving your blog post to share with her. I loved your “crack in the road” crack! LOL 🙂

  7. Dear Ethel, A hoo to your whoo. I’m ‘cracking’ up. Weren’t just them nuns knew how to ruin a good name. I switched from Catholic school in public in grade 5, where smarties in math got to be Euclids, dummies Aristotle. Aristotle to this day still sounds like mentally deficient to me. Not telling which group I was in.

    Congratulations. Those are honkin’ medals.

  8. I love the pictures of you…when we first met, exercise was anathema…now…WHOA NELLIE 🙂

  9. LOL! Nice job on the run! Too bad I have that guy’s crack image stuck in my brain now!

    Here’s wishing you and yours a terrific Thanksgiving!

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