February 1, 2017

24 Hours in Philadelphia

It's hard to believe today is February 1st.  This year is already flying by!  Back in September, I ran the Rock n Roll Philadelphia Half Marathon with my cousin Kelsey, and realized I never shared my 24 hours in Philly.  Nicknamed The City of Brotherly Love, I figured this would be an appropriate post during the month of February.

 First stop: Packet pickup!

LOVE Sculpture

Beautiful detail on the columns of one of the buildings as we approached City Hall.

City Hall

After visiting the iconic LOVE sculpture, we admired City Hall as we made our way east toward the Liberty Bell.  The Liberty Bell Center is free to visit and is open daily from 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM.

The garden behind the Liberty Bell Center

If you're looking at the Liberty Bell, directly behind it, you'll see the garden and Independence Hall.  Independence Hall is where the Declaration of Independence was adopted and approved on July 4, 1776 and read aloud right there in Independence Square!  It is also where the US Constitution was debated, drafted and signed.  The US Constitution was completed on September 17, 1787 [source]. Admission to Independence Hall is also free but you will need a free timed entry ticket to tour.

Independence Hall

The next morning was race day.  We had to be at the starting line at 7:30 AM, so it was a 5:00 wake up call, oatmeal in the hotel and an Uber to the starting line.

It was a very humid morning, which resulted in a poor race for me. [I don't run well in any heat or humidity.  33°F - 50°F is my body's optimum running range.]  70°F, overcast and 84% humidity to be exact.  It surely wasn't my best time, but I did finish and was thankful for that.  Final time: 2:09:41

Post-race in front of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the iconic scene from the movie Rocky!

Around mile 2 when we were still running together :)

One of the must-dos on our trip was to enjoy a famous Philly Cheesesteak.  We decided that it would be best enjoyed after the race, so we ventured to Sonny's Famous Cheesesteaks - a recommendation from a friend who works in Philly because it is "just as good as Pat's King of Steaks and Geno's Steaks but less touristy."  And he was right!

We ordered the chicken cheesesteak because I had been having gallbladder attacks [off and on since 2013 but had no idea what it was until this past summer.  Apparently I have a very high pain tolerance!] which I had removed this past December.
Next time I can get the full experience with steak!

Have you visited Philadelphia?  What was your favorite experience?  I'd love to hear!

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