One of the best things about running is that you can go for a run just about anywhere. That was what I was thinking as I ran through Center City Philadelphia. How great is it that I was on vacation with my family and I could easily fit in a short 3 mile run before our day of sightseeing? Also, all I had to do was pack my running clothes and sneakers- piece of cake.
Through the first mile I enjoyed watching the Philly pedestrians. I always find it interesting how every city has its own way about it. Each has its own unwritten rules of how traffic flows, both cars and people. On this run I was learning that Philly pedestrians don’t really notice people around them half as much as New Yorkers. I had a couple of close calls as people turned, stopped or suddenly started walking at unexpected and inopportune moments. I knew I was breaking some unwritten rule of the Philly streets, but I had no idea what it was so I just kept going. I wasn’t going to learn this rule today.
As I passed the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall I thought about how I was running the streets where people like Benjamin Franklin, John Adams and Thomas Jefferson walked over 200 years ago. It was right where I was running that the United States was initially conceived and eventually formed. Right here the Declaration of Independence and the United States Constitution were debated and then signed. It seemed amazing to me that I was now able to run where these long gone men lived and worked. I wondered what it really looked like back then. Would I have been able to run in the streets or would I have been risking life and limb dodging horse drawn carriages? I seriously doubt that anyone, especially a woman, ran for exercise back then, but it was fun to contemplate.
After my run through historical Philly I returned to my hotel room, exhilarated by my run and the history I had passed. I especially knew it was going to be a great day when my 6 year old asked, “You only ran 3 miles? Why didn’t you take me with you?” Alas, my chuckling was completely lost on her. On to sightseeing!