Fall Running

Today was a beautiful beyond beautiful day in Philadelphia. I had class in the morning, and then I had work, but the whole day I was literally dreaming about hitting that pavement on a nice long run.

When I got home from work, I took Jackson outside for a quick peeps, laced up my sneakers, and was out the door. It was such a nice day/evening, I decided to take my camera along with me for the run. I haven’t posted any pictures of my running route for a while (Check out some good ones here, here and here), so it was nice to be able to take the blogworld with me on this one. I hope you enjoy the ride.

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I honestly don’t think I will ever get sick of my running route. I pretty much do the same run over and over again, but its just so nice and pretty by the water. It’s very calming and peaceful.

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There are also parts of the route where I can “off-road” run on a dirt path. I like it because its easier on my shins, but its not without a few ‘obstacles’ –

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The geese have clearly not flown South for the Winter yet. There must have been 30 (at least) that I had to dodge!

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I also love all the bridges that I pass under. They are super old, but have tons of character.  pics 253

Oh beautiful Fall…how I love thee.

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I totally snapped a quick picture of this couple having a romantical walk together along Kelly Drive. I love LOVE!

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There is also always someone out on the water for me to watch while I run.  Keeps me entertained for sure!

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So peaceful watching them glide along the water.

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I couldn’t ask for a prettier route, and it’s right outside my door!

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I hope there are a few more lovely days like this in the near future before winter creeps up on us! Here’s hoping!

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My Garmin had no power when I got back today, so I had to go it alone, but sometimes I like running without having to look down at my wrist every 5 seconds to check out my pace. I know the mile markers on the route so it wasn’t a big deal. I just checked the clock before I left.

I did about 4 miles outside, and then when I was walking back into the apartment complex, I passed the gym and realized I wasn’t too tired yet. So I pounded out another 2 miles on the treadmill while watching TV. So all in all I did about 6 miles in under 60 minutes today. Felt pretty fabulous!

When I got home I had a ZICO! It was yummy!

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And then I decided to do Attempt #2 of my Sweet Potato Fries.

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Megan gave me the tip of doing the fries in the oven. I put the oven on 450 and put the fries in there for 15 minutes, moved/turned them over and left them in there for another 15

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They turned out fabulously! Perfectly cooked throughout and crunchy on the outside. Thanks for the tip Megan! I love the subtle sweetness of sweet potatoes! I enjoyed these fries on a Halloween pumpkin plate, with a side of Chemistry homework.

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Doesn’t get any better than THAT! Luckily I have another sweet potato in the fridge, so I see myself making these again very soon in the near future!

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For dessert I had a Skinny Cow ice cream bar (love those!) and a Jack’s Pumpkin Spice Ale (Thanks Jill!) while watching the Phillies beat the Dodgers! All in all, its been a lovely evening!

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10 Comments

  • Reply amanda October 22, 2009 at 4:25 am

    GORGEOUS pictures while running! don't you just love those Jack's pumpkin ale? sooo delish. i'm a fan. i've been meaning to try that zico…one day, one day!

    and ehh…HOLLA, PHILADELPHIA!
    the ship, baby, the ship!

  • Reply C.G. the Foodie October 22, 2009 at 5:15 am

    I love your route! My run is all residential unless I want to drive a couple miles :-/

    Yum on the post run eats!

  • Reply Lacey Nicole October 22, 2009 at 1:50 pm

    WOW what an amazing running route!!! and the weather is perfect 🙂 way to go the extra (2) mile(s)!!!!!!!! 🙂 see TV is good for us…

  • Reply Megan @ Megzz Wins At Life October 22, 2009 at 2:54 pm

    Your running route is soo pretty!! I love Philly, every time I go it is so pretty and I have such a great time.

    Glad you liked the fries!! I love them!!

  • Reply Anne October 22, 2009 at 3:10 pm

    Maybe I could actually get into running if I had a route like that where I live. So jealous!

    Those fries look nummy!

  • Reply health savvy shopaholic October 22, 2009 at 3:17 pm

    these pictures are gorggggg! makes me miss living up north! those sweet potato fries look yummy- must try those sooooon 🙂

  • Reply D10 October 22, 2009 at 4:35 pm

    The pictures are beautiful. It makes me wish my childhood New England falls.

  • Reply Living and Loving in L.A. October 22, 2009 at 7:27 pm

    I made sweet potato fries the other day too! Your run looked beautiful!!!

  • Reply RhodeyGirl October 24, 2009 at 2:09 am

    gorgeous photos girl. i love kelly dr.

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