Good Morning, Philadelphia

by jenna on June 4, 2010

Well, the good news is that I think I have learned how to successfully conquer jetlag. The secret? Exercise!


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This morning we all woke up around nine, which surprisingly felt like nine to me and not six like I thought it would feel like. Nine= cool. Six=not cool. I think it helped that I was just so exhausted last night after flying all day and then working out that I fell right to sleep at a quasi-normal hour.
I grabbed a piece of toast with peanut butter and then we were out the door! Anne and Sabrina power walked while Tina and I ran for 30 minutes. It was gorgeous—I LOVE running in new cities!

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It was hot though. Very, very hot and very, very humid. I’ve lost all my Floridian-ness, I guess, because the run was pretty challenging for me. Oh, humidity…I don’t miss you at all. Neither does my hair.
When we got back to the apartment we made breakfast. I had an omelet (3 egg whites + 1 yolk) with fruit and a small smoothie that Sabrina made me. The smoothie had strawberries, bananas, water, ice and a little bit of skim milk. Drank with a straw, obviously.

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We don’t really have too much of a plan today other than the reader meet-up at 3pm and then we have to be at the cocktail party and dinner for the conference this evening. I think we’re just going to walk around, grab lunch in a bit and just soak it all in. I’m SO glad I’m here and from what I’ve seen so far, I love Philly!
Here are some general exclamatories:
Can’t wait to meet some of you for frozen yogurt later!!!!
My birthday is a week from today!!!!!!!!
Click here to read my reflection on riding a Century bike race!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Okay. Enough of that. Time to go play! (single exclamatory)

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Danica June 4, 2010 at 8:24 am

oooh that sounds like a great day ahead!!!! (lots of exclamatories!) have fun!

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Camille June 4, 2010 at 8:31 am

Eek, humidity is the worst!
I have dreams of living in Boston… my hair disagrees with me.

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Sara June 4, 2010 at 8:42 am

So happy that you are enjoying Philadelphia. I live in S. Philly and I LOVE IT!

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Jil @ Peace, Love & Munchies June 4, 2010 at 8:43 am

Beautiful pictures!! It’s humid here, too – yuck – and that smoothie sounds delicious.

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Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg June 4, 2010 at 8:43 am

My secret to overcoming jet lag is coffee…lots and lots of coffee. I should probably try the exercise thing. :-)

Have fun in Philly!

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Jessica @ How Sweet June 4, 2010 at 8:44 am

I agree! Anytime I am jetlagged, exercise first thing does seem to cure it.

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Freya @ Brit Chick Runs June 4, 2010 at 8:48 am

Exercise solves jetlag? I now know what I’ll do when I land in Chicago for the HLS!! It’s 6hrs behind England there…I’m gonna be tired!
Have a fab day :)

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Red June 4, 2010 at 8:53 am

I like the article you wrote about your bike ride!

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Lyndsey June 4, 2010 at 9:01 am

We share the same birthday!

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jenna June 4, 2010 at 9:05 am

what a refreshing breakfast!!! YuM!!
my hair and I hate humidity too!! :)_

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Sarah (OC2Seattle) June 4, 2010 at 9:13 am

Ah humidity, happy I don’t live in a humid place yet jealous of the heat – it’s raining here in Seattle, as usual ;) I agree that exploring a new city by foot is the best way to see it – I’m amazed at how many miles I log when I travel. Hope you have a blast today!

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Helen June 4, 2010 at 9:17 am

Your breakfast looks absolutely amazing. Fresh fruit at brekkie is always great. I hope you guys enjoy your day, Philly looks beautiful!

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tasha - the clean eating mama June 4, 2010 at 9:22 am

Running in humidity = yuck! Have a great day today! =)

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Erin June 4, 2010 at 9:22 am

What a beautiful day to be outside. I’m so happy that it’s not too terribly humid today, although I still worked up quite a sweat this morning. :?

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Suzanne de Cornelia June 4, 2010 at 9:26 am

Like the summation at end of reflection on your ride–that you discovered can do anything put mind to. When realize that–have the world by a string. :)

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jaimegirl June 4, 2010 at 9:26 am

so sad i can’t make the meet-up today, i will be sitting here at work. still. blah, anyway i hear you about the humidity today, we get it pretty bad here in the summer. i know you think you’ve got “humidity hair” after a run, but i have naturally curly hair so when i’m done it’s afro city! i hope you have a great rest of your stay here in Philly!

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Sarah for Real June 4, 2010 at 9:27 am

Fun! You sound super happy. I totally agree with the exercise and jet lag thing.

I’m totally jealous of that heat and humidity btw, it’s raining cats and dogs here today.

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Claire June 4, 2010 at 9:29 am

Sounds like a great way to avoid jet lag! Have fun in Philly, I love that city.

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MMiller June 4, 2010 at 9:30 am

Glad you are enjoying your trip! I am a Philly girl….but now live in Florida!

Have a great conference!

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Jessica, Haute Teapot June 4, 2010 at 9:30 am

Cute post. One thing I love about Philadelphia: the accents. Yes, every gal I’ve met that sounds cute exclaims, “I’m from Philly!”

*had to use one exclamation mark to keep with your theme.

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Lindsay @ Summit Sandwiches June 4, 2010 at 9:34 am

I hate humidity too. I grew up in CO, which is one of the driest states around, so when I ventured to the East Coast for college, I had no idea what hit me. My hair had no idea what hit it either! My curly hair goes bananas in humidity. I tell people that my hair is like a barometer. The curlier and crazier it gets, the more it’s likely to rain! Good luck braving the humidity!

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Tracey @ I'm Not Superhuman June 4, 2010 at 9:42 am

Enjoy Philly. I love that city like home.

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Jennu June 4, 2010 at 9:44 am

Enjoy playing in Philly!

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Katy(The Balanced Foodie) June 4, 2010 at 9:57 am

Great post, girl! I love Anne..so fun seeing you girls reunited! Enjoy Philly, I’m excited to read about your fun weekend and the conference!

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Annie D. from Annie'sSimpleLife June 4, 2010 at 10:06 am

I didn’t know Philly was humid! But, I guess Ohio can get pretty humid, so that makes sense.

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grace June 4, 2010 at 10:08 am

yum-o!

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Jenny D. June 4, 2010 at 10:09 am

So originally I was going to post about how I’m a huge hockey fan and my favorite team is the Philadelphia Flyers, and how they are currently in the Stanley Cup Playoffs and how they are going to play their game 4 tonight (which I will be watching in Houston) and how I think you and your friends should go… BUT then I saw that we have the same birthday! How fun! Love it! Have a great visit and soak up some Philly for this Houstonian!! :)

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Maria @ A Healthier Maria June 4, 2010 at 10:09 am

Boo I am so not a fan of humidity either. I (or my hair) can’t get used to it even after living in it for 10 years!

Also, that’s a great article on the Century race!

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Monique@That's What She Said June 4, 2010 at 10:13 am

Sounds like a good start to your trip :) Photos are beautiful!

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Emily Eats and Exercises June 4, 2010 at 10:24 am

What a wonderful article – despite your struggles (or maybe because of them) you’ve definitely inspired me to look into some bike races in the future.
Enjoy your blogger-filled day!

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Heather Rose June 4, 2010 at 10:25 am

I’m from Chicago and living in AZ now…went from a total humid climate to a total dry climate and I much prefer the dry!

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Hillary [Nutrition Nut on the Run] June 4, 2010 at 10:33 am

I love running in new cities, and what fun to have along your bestest buds.

Yay for June b.days! I hope you have something fun planned.

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Kristie June 4, 2010 at 10:39 am

Exercise is the cure to pretty much everything isn’t it :) Though we’ve had some pretty HOT and HUMID days here in Canada lately too and they’ve definitely made running a wee bit tougher!

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Heather (Heather's Dish) June 4, 2010 at 10:46 am

what a great way to start the day :) i’m glad you guys were both able to take a run…and such a beautiful day there too!

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Danielle June 4, 2010 at 10:54 am

Enjoy Philly in every which way! I’m glad you’re having so much fun :)

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Sahar June 4, 2010 at 10:57 am

Philly sounds like fun! Is your birthday the 11th? Me too!!!!! I hope you have a great one!

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Ericka June 4, 2010 at 10:57 am

Jenna, what brand is that blank workout tank you’re wearing?

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jenna June 4, 2010 at 1:38 pm

Lululemon :)

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Teresa June 4, 2010 at 11:00 am

Your breakfast looks so colourful and so healthy ! That strawberry smoothie must of tasted superb ! Have a great day !

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eatmovelove June 4, 2010 at 11:23 am

Can’t wait to see pics from the Blogger meet-up.

Philly does sound awesome…

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Lindsey June 4, 2010 at 11:27 am

I love running in new places. I find I end up going farther and harder than usual because I get so caught up in my new surroundings and less on whether or not I’m getting tired!

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Penny (VEGGIEtarian) June 4, 2010 at 11:28 am

I live in Oklahoma, and I too, really hate humidity. It makes a person feel really nasty.
We took a trip through New Mexico and Arizona a few years ago, and the dry heat is amazing! I would love to live there, but I think I would miss trees.

Your picture of the tunnel is very lovely. I love it. :-)

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Rebecca @ How the Cookies Crumble June 4, 2010 at 11:32 am

I love the east coast, but same thing – I don’t miss humidity AT ALL! Have fun in Philly!

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Jenna June 4, 2010 at 12:48 pm

Your birthday is a day before mine…and I am also a Jenna!! (aka Jennifer) Exciting weirdness!

Sounds like you’re having a fun trip… beautiful scenery for the run!

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Jessica @ The Process of Healing June 4, 2010 at 1:34 pm

Blech, humidity. I live in SC and it SUCKS!!! Hence, you have to wake up super early to get a run in here.

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Sarah (Running to Slow Things Down) June 4, 2010 at 1:38 pm

Isn’t running in a new city simply the best? Such a great way to explore a new city. :D

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Annie @ stronghealthyfit June 4, 2010 at 1:40 pm

Happy to see you are having so much fun! Philly rocks.

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RhodeyGirl June 4, 2010 at 1:54 pm

Secret to overcoming jetlag- pizza and wine ;)

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Sabrina June 4, 2010 at 1:54 pm

P.S. so much fun today!!!!

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