Philly for 10 hours + This Week’s Fitness

On Wednesday, I spent the day in Philadelphia with two of my best friends from college, Turner and Kris!


The three of us have had these fun Philly day dates going on for a few years now  (usually one in summer and one at Christmastime) and I love them! Anytime Kris is back in the Philadelphia area visiting family (she currently lives in Paris) we pick a day for me to take the train up and the three of us spend the day playing. The train is so easy and I can work on the way there and back which helps with not getting too behind!

We usually spend the day eating good food, walking around, and doing a little shopping. The food scene in Philly is awesome so it’s always fun to see which hip new places Turner takes us to. This time we started our adventure with lunch at the Hungry Pigeon. I had the chopped salad (so good – lots of veggies, potatoes, and lentils) and a pickled veggie plate – plus a glass of rose! #5oclocksomewhere

hungry pigeon philadelphia lunch

I was still a little hungry because the salad was smaller than expected so I snagged a bran muffin to snack on too – it was delish!

hungry pigeon philadelphia muffin

We spent the afternoon strolling around the city and doing a little shopping before ending up at Spruce Street Harbor Park, a really cool area of the waterfront with pop up food trucks and hang out areas for summer. Philly is such a neat city – they do a great job with making the waterfront area seasonal and fun! At Christmastime they have festive holiday markets near this area and a big outdoor ice skating rink.

spruce street harbor park

A warm afternoon clearly called for ice cream! Franklin Fountain food truck FTW.

franklin fountain truck

I got the mint chip – delicious!

franklin fountain ice cream philadelphia

We did some more walking and chatting and then a couple hours later it was time for dinner! We hit up a trendy Mexican spot called Lolita. Great ambiance – very lively. Creative cocktails, too! I had the cucumber, cilantro, and jalapeno margarita. :)

lolita philadelphia margarita

As for dinner, we shared a ton of small plates – a seared tuna appetizer that was phenomenal, plus some guac and a variety of yummy tacos! Everything was awesome.

lolita philadelphia dinner

Such a fun day – I loved the chance to catch up with two of my favorites. Until next time, ladies! :)

As for workouts this week, I got in some fun ones! On Wednesday morning before heading to Philly for the day I was up bright and early to meet Chelsea for a fun ClassPass (<—$30 off link) adventure – a class at 9Round kickboxing in Courthouse! I first checked it out a couple years ago (check it out: 9Round Arlington review) and was excited when I saw it pop up on ClassPass recently.

9round courthouse review

As you can guess from the name, their workouts feature 9 stations – or rounds – which are 3 minutes each. You are in and out in 30 minutes which is awesome – so efficient and great if you’re short on time, and there are always trainers around to lead you through the workout and encourage you at each of the stations. We both liked the instructor – he did a great job of making sure where knew what we were doing.

Thumbs up – we’ll be back! There’s something so satisfying about kicking and punching a bag. :) And since Chelsea moved back to Arlington (yay!!) it’s easy to pop over there so I have a feeling we’ll go often!

9round courthouse arlington review

Yesterday morning, I met up with my friend Heather for a run date. We hadn’t run together in way too long – I missed it!

running hains point waterfront dc

She was getting her long run for the week in and I met her for the tail end of it starting at 8 a.m. It was hot but I was glad to get the extra bit of sleep since I didn’t get back from Philly until after midnight the night before!

running memorial bridge

4.5 miles, done! So good to catch up with you Heather – thanks for getting me out there!


As for today, I was excited because this morning I had a session with Paul Medina from Capital Energy Training! As you guys know we’ve been doing a blog/training exchange since winter, but I hadn’t seen him for about a month because he got married and was on his honeymoon, and then I was at the beach! I was excited to resume our sessions, which as you guys know are focused on stretching and mobility.

We did our usual hip stretching moves I’ve written about before which felt amazing after a few weeks off. We also did a fun new move with a ball attached to a rope! He had me swing the rope in a circle over my head, first going left then switching to right. It helped to loosen up and stretch my obliques and shoulders!

oblique stretch swing with ball

Fun! We did another one where I swung the ball straight back over my head and then down in front of me.

over the head ball swing

Plus the classic: hold the ball over your head and slam it onto the ground. Love this one – great stress relief! Try it. :)

ball slam

Fun times! We kept the session super low key and stretching focused – felt great. I think all the swimming last week at the beach helped keep things relatively limber because I didn’t feel too crazy tight today though!

And now, back to work! Happy Friday and have a great weekend – Matt and I are sticking around town this weekend and have some fun food and fitness plans as usual. :) I also need to get in a long run (shooting for 12 miles). See you guys back here Monday with a recap!

Something to make this weekend:


  1. 1

    Mint chocolate chip…my FAVOURITE!!!

  2. 2

    Love Lolita! We went there for my bachelorette weekend dinner :).

  3. 3

    Love Lolita – such a fun and tasty spot. It’s wonderful you all have kept this tradition alive.

  4. 4

    Love it!! :D Miss you girls!

  5. 6

    Spruce Street Harbor Park is one of my favorite places to take someone visiting the city in the summer… and you can’t go wrong with Franklin Fountain Ice Cream!

  6. 7

    Looks like you had a great trip to Philly and ate some amazing food. Those tacos looks so delicious! Thank you for sharing!

  7. 8

    You forgot to say the instructor wasn’t bad on the eyes either! Haha! ;)

  8. 10

    Looks like you had a wonderful time. So nice to catch up with friends!

  9. 11

    That margarita you ordered sounds surprisingly delicious. I’ve never been to Philadelphia, but my mom visited a few times as a kid. I’d love to get there one day.

  10. 12
    Roadrunner says

    Philly is great; looks like a very nice reunion! And well done on the run and then the mobility workout. Paul sounds impressive!

  11. 13

    So fun! I live in the Philly area–such a great time of year to be here!

  12. 14

    So cool that you came to Philly for the day! Isn’t it great here?! Franklin Fountain is amazing. I used to live across the street from the original location (2nd & Market) and it was really hard not to go there everyday : ) Lolita is great, too! That drink looks delicious. Hope you’re having a great week so far!

  13. 15

    Yay so glad you got back over to 9Round and had a great workout!! Was Mo the trainer that day? All that food in Philly looked amazing!!

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