So intead of running the race today, I walked out to the race start with the rest of the crew. And I hung out until the race was ready to start. My toes were already going numb and by the time the race startd I could not feel my toes and my right foot was hurting really badly. So I headed back to the hotel. I knew that nothing short of getting into a hot room was going to stop the pain and numbness. This happened before in a half marathon on Kiawah Island, South Carolina. I had to walk almost the whole race because the pain was so bad. It was THAT COLD this morning.
So, I went back to the hotel but not before I picked up a really nice fleece jacket that someone had thrown away right before the race started. Banana Republic! Who throws away a Banana Republic fleece jacket?? So I put that on and went back to the hotel. I sat in the room for about 30 minutes and I wasn't warming up so I ended up taking a very hot shower. The feeling was coming back into my feet and toes with considerable pain! I knew at that point that someone had been looking out for me because in the frozen state that I was in, there was no way I could have run this race. No way. I have huge issues with bad circulation in my hands and feet. I never know when it will happen but this morning, I knew it the minute I was outside.
I went back to the finish line after talking to our friend Jenn on the phone. She had had her own bit of bad luck. She was going to run the half, too, but she ended up with a strained thigh muscle from yoga (WHO DOES YOGA AS A NEW ACTIVITY THREE DAYS BEFORE A RACE???) and caught some kindacold thing. Uh... GERM FACTORY!!! GAH! But I digress...
She was at the finish waiting for her boyfriend Andrew to finish his half. Turned out that halfway back to the finish, Andrew had run in. What a great time he had. And he looked really good. And this was his FIRST half marathon on a 10 mile long run! Egads! This was a sign of what potential he has.
I met up wih them and he gave me an indication of where Joseph was so I knew that we had some time before Joseph, Brian and Bob would be coming in. We went back to our room and Andrew showered and changed.
Then it was back to the finish line. We positioned ourselves along the last half mile of the course and waited and waited. I was really starting to get nervous but I knew that we hadn't missed them. Brian came up fast. And I looked at him. He said, "he's right behind me with Bob." Phew! THANK GOODNESS!!! Joseph had told me about 3:45 at the latest. And it was getting close. And just when I was really worried, here he was. Smiling, waving, getting the crowd going. And right behind him was Bob. Joseph was pacing them. And since this pace was much slower than his usual pace, he was having a blast.
So, we met up at the food tent area and headed back to the hotel. It was COLD out. And Brian and Bob had a bit of a time walking. Anyway... after hot showers and a rest, a few of us ended up at a local sub/pizza shop to get Philly Cheesesteaks! WOW.
Then it was back to the hotel and we ended up for dinner at a local steak house called Barclay Prime. It's in the Rittenhouse Square district which is supposedly high end and super ritzy. It reminded me of a combination of the Back Bay and Beacon Hill. I wouldn't mind going there for a visit the next time we are in Philly and have more time to walk around. I saw some stores I am highly interested in! HAH!
The restaurant was really good. The people at the hostess station were wonderful, the decor was a combination of modern and old, and tables were mable and the seats were plush armchairs and sofas! And our waiter was fan-tas-tic! He knew his stuff. If you go there, ask for Jason. This guy was awesome!! The food was like any other hih end steak house. What can I say? And it was as equally good as the other we've been to. But this was LOCAL as opposed to a national or regional chain. I would highly recommend this place.
And if you have the cash, this place isn't cheap to start wit, you can order the $100 cheesesteak. It has 10 oz of shaved kobe beef, 2 ounces of butter simmered lobster, taleggio cheese, in a homemade bun, and some sort of other sauce that sounded wonderful. Just remember to drop a note and let me know how you like it!
Labels: Races, Restaurants, Travel