Tag Archives: Philadelphia

No Going Back Now

28 Jan

Do you see this?

This means that there is definitely no going back now. I’ll officially be runningĀ the ODDyssey Half Marathon on May 22 in Philadelphia. I’ve read some reviews and, though it sounds tough, I’m excited to try a half where I’ve given it the proper preparation and attention it deserves (unlike last time) to see how things pan out.

While I’ve never been one for worrying about times (for me, it’s all about just giving it all you’ve got), I feel good about PRing this one. Then again, seeing how I did last time that shouldn’t be too hard to do. It does feel a bit weird to me though. You know, signing up for something you are currently utterly unprepared for? And yet, it’s inspiring and motivating at the same time. There is no going back now.

What about you? Have you taken the leap just to inject some motivation into yourself?

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Sweat

27 Jan

After my gym debacle, I found out about a local gym (named “Sweat“) that offers a free 7-day trial. And who can say no to free? Once we move in two weeks across town it will be about two blocks from my house (too convenient to say I can’t go). Plus, the gym’s website was super sweet (go check it out here). So today, I showed up and, after a brief tour, started out changing in the locker room. I hopped on the treadmill afterward for a brief 3-miler and then headed home.

Here are my thoughts so far:

The pros –

  • lots of machines
  • no problem getting machines – then again, I was there at non-rush hour on the snowiest day of the year
  • convenient location, right on Walnut Street

The cons –

  • the locker room… (it was pretty gross)
  • cost – super expensive (almost twice as much) compared to other local gyms
  • not that many great classes, plus they said they fill up quickly

[Sources: Sweat Fitness]

The consensus? Undecided. I will say this though – their gym? Looked nothing like the pictures. Ahhh, isn’t that always the way? I didn’t take any pictures because I didn’t want them to know thinkĀ I was a super freak. I usually like to take my time with letting that cat out of the bag. Though they might have gotten an inkling when I waltzed outside post-workout in my running shorts and snow boots. I was completely aware that I looked ridiculous, but I wasn’t risking the disease infestation of that bathroom again to change back into my pants. Plus, I was hot. Who wants to put back on pants after a run? Anyway, imagine this combination (you know you like it):

[Sources: shorts, boots]

And yes, apparently I own the same snow boots Kristen Stewart wears in New Moon. I’m obsessed, but not that obsessed to have known that… until now. Suddenly I feel infinitely cooler.

Anyway, enough about my weird dress choices and obsessions with teeny-bopper flicks. So, I suspect after the next six days are up I’ll be headed to the other local gym to see if I can’t get a trial there as well. Or, at the very least, buy a week pass there so I can give it a fair shot.

What about you? Have you ever had to run a gym comparison or was there an obvious choice? Were you giving it as much pain-staking thought as I seem to be?

Easy Come, Easy Go

20 Jan

After setting my new goals just days ago, I excitedly went to sign up for the Blue Cross Broad Street Run today. With a cap at 30,000 runners, it had said they were only at 17,000 this past weekend, so I wasn’t too concerned. When I went to register, it told me there was a technical error and to try later. When I logged on again after work today I was sad devastated to find out that they were suddenly full. As soon as I set my goal, it’s crushed. That would figure, wouldn’t it? Boo to that. After asking around and hearing about the big crowds, entertainment, and nice flat course I was actually really stoked to sign up for it. Plus, I’d practically be running right past my house. How freaking cool is that!? Added to that is the fact that I have Independence Blue Cross (who sponsors the event) so that’s supposed to qualify you for some perks as well, I think. But alas, it just wasn’t meant to be I suppose.

With that said, it still doesn’t change my sights on the ODDyssey Half Marathon at the end of May. I suppose I should register for that soon so I don’t get closed out of that too. There’s nothing like committing to something to light a fire under your butt, eh? Oh boy! But, this one should be particularly fun because it is meant to be a “enjoyable” race – including costume contests and “unique obstacles” [whatever that means?]. The only thing I am a bit concerned about is the location – taking place in Philadelphia’s Fairmount Park, the only thing that comes to mind to me is the few hills around there that I could hardly bike up this past summer. The idea of running them makes me nauseous. But hey – nothing like a good challenge, right? Now I’ll have to get to work on planning my outfit.

Let’s just say, I have a few ideas up my sleeve…

From DailyMail.co.uk.

From the Costume Machine Blog.

From Nintendo World Report.

In fact, I have to admit, the idea that I won’t be bringing my pro- camera along to shoot the event almost pains me. This could be fun. A lot of fun. Have you ever dressed up for a race?