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Wordless Weekend 9/11 10 years later

Stain glass at Navy Pier

NYFD Engine 4, at Ground 0 on 9/11/01 and at the Chicago Half Marathon on 9/11/11

With NYFD 4

Irene Came and Went

This weekend, Hurricane Irene decided to come and give Philadelphia a few (or 5.73″) inches of rain and a good deal of flooding on the Schuylkill River.  The river runs 1/2 mile from my apartment (and down a hill).  This afternoon, I took a walk down the hill because of rumors that it had flooded over on to Kelly Drive and West River Drive.  The trail around the River is used for the Rock n Roll Philadelphia Half Marathon coming up next month and the Philadelphia Marathon and Half Marathon in November.  My place is fine, no damage or power loss, but this is what I found on my adventure to the river!

Schuylkill River taken from the East Falls Bridge

The River on the Kelly Drive side

Kelly Drive once again

This guy didn't get the hurricane memo so he didn't move his car

Trees were snapped in half (West River Drive)...

Hopefully all my East Coasters made it through in one piece and if there was damage done, it will be fixed quickly!  I can know say Philadelphia’s experienced Hurricanes, tornados and earthquakes all in the same week.  Let’s just hope we don’t get the fires too.

Running the Night Shift

I’m in the middle of an exhausting 5 day stretch of working the grave yard shift in the ER.  The last time I worked 11pm-7am was a few yrs ago while working at a hospital back home during breaks from undergrad.  I forgot how much it upsets your sleep patterns and your running.  When you get home at 7 am when the rest of the world is waking up and sleep until noon or 1 pm, you’ve lost a chunk of your day.  When I get motivated to run, it’s during the gym rush hour (it’s been raining a bunch out here lately) so you have to keep the motivation going through 7 or 8 pm when you can actually get on a machine to actually do anything.  The best way to describe how I feel is this:

What Every Marathoner is Thinking During 26.2 Miles of Running

Ever wonder what goes through a runner’s head during a marathon?  This thanks to Pamela on DailyMile

Picture perfect Cherry Blossom Style



Chicago Marathon Pep Talk- Bart Yasso Style

On 10/10/10, I ran the Chicago Marathon for Ryan Hall’s Charity The Steps Foundation in an effort to raise money for running programs for underserved, high risk kids and to raise money for clean water supplies to be sent to Africa.  The night before the marathon, we had a team dinner where Bart Yasso spoke.  Nicest. Guy. Ever.

Picture Perfect Tuesday



w/ Bart Yasso Chicago Marathon Eve 2010


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