Rocky steps...meh

I'm in Philly for work this week....and did a nice little recovery run yesterday after the Rocky Mountain Half Marathon I ran on Sunday. Naturally, I did the lame but obligatory run down to the Museum of Art and charged up the steps, Rocky-style. I found them to be...meh. Not nearly as steep nor long as I always imagined them to be. (And not really worthy of throwing my hands over my head champion-style and hurrahing for myself. Not that I let that stop me...) Going to head out this evening to see if my coworker and I can find/meetup with the Philly Runners, who meet at the Muesum for a free group run around Philly every Tuesday. We'll see how that goes.

Also, I finally bought Born to Run by Christopher McDougall and I have read nearly the whole thing in a day...it is an excellent read and a must for anyone who loves running. Definitely going on my Top 10 book list! Read it!

Rocky Mountain Half race report coming soon, as soon as I get some time to collect my thoughs and see if I can hunt down any of my race pictures. In case you're curious, I will front you with the nuggets that: 1-I did not get my sub-2 hour half marathon; 2-It was still fun; and 3-I was not sore/tired afterward at all, which I suppose I'll attribute to walking aimlessly around Denver International Airport for three hours while waiting for my plane to Philly.


  1. Well, at least you acknowledge there's an Art Museum there. When I worked at the West Wing of Independence Hall (which at the time was a book store), people (tourons) would come in all the time asking where "the Rocky steps" were. No idea there was something else there, possibly worth visiting for different, less Neanderthal reasons.

    Also, in the movie, Rocky ascended those steps after running for miles and miles through the city of Philadelphia. Bet they seemed steeper then, in one sense.

    But, in another sense - the sense that the whole movie was a work of fiction - maybe they didn't.

  2. Just catching up on your blog. Glad ART worked for your hip. Have fun in Philly!

  3. Glad you're getting the runs in on the road - hope you have a good rest of the trip! Looking forward to that race report . . .

  4. I need to find someone to ART me! My chiro doesn't do it :(

    Have fun in Philly!

  5. I thought you were racing last weekend, but you hadn't mentioned it, so I thought I must have made it up.

    Yes, the stairs are cheesy, but you have to do them. Don't see the Liberty Bell. That's really under-whelming.

    Hopefully you found the Philly Runner group. That would have been a cool way to see the city.

  6. If I actually lived closer to Philly and didn't work in the evening, I'd try to find you in the city! (In a totally non-stalker way, of course.) I hope you enjoy your time here!

    I'm going to disagree with the above comment...go see the Liberty Bell!! It has my last name on it. :) (No relation...sadly.)