|All in red for Philly Love Run|
Before and after a long run, carbs are your friend. For the first time, I traveled for a race, the Philadelphia Love Run. This half marathon starts near the iconic "Rocky' steps. But unlike Rocky, I don't drink raw eggs as part of my training.
|Vegan cheesesteak from Wiz Kid|
I stayed at the Kimpton Hotel Palomar, which just so happened to be within blocks of 5 places where we were planning to eat.
Kimpton stays the same
|Kimpton welcomes runers|
In the morning, there was coffee in the lobby, and wine in the evening. [Sadly, no wine when you are running a race]. Best of all, the morning of the half marathon, there was a bowl of fruit, plus Gatorade and water bottles. I always drink a water on the way to a run, so this was perfect.
And everyone running - there were at least 30 of us in the hotel the morning of the race - got a late checkout.
|Triple threat (for your waistline): triple chocolate donut|
Federal DonutsOne of those places was Federal Donuts. The carbs in a donut are negated by a 13.1 mile run. And even if you aren't planning a long run, the donuts are worth the splurge. The mini chain is owned by the same geniuses being Zahav, a fantastic Mediterranean restaurant. [We tried to get a reservation a month earlier but were shut out].
|After the Love run, Philly bling|
Lose a toe nail? Check the MütterThe Mütter Museum specializes in the human body, with actual skeletons and specimens. You can see what gangrene does to a foot, or tumors preserved in liquid. Since runners have grotesque food oddities - we share tales of toe nails that fall off and strange foot lumps. X-rays of runners' bodies would fit right in at the Mütter.
|The Impossible Burger at Wiz Kid|
Sense of the city
|The walkable city map at the History Museum|
That vegan cheesesteak
|"Cheesy" sweet potato fries|
We had the gooey, messy and utterly delicious Wiz Kid Philly, made with seitan, mushrooms, onions and 'wiz' sauce made from rutabagas. Believe me, it worked.
|The back up camera on the Toyota C-HR, incorporated into the rear view mirror|
We drove this sharp looking Toyota C-HR. It has an aerodynamic design, but a pretty large blind spot Luckily, it also has a blind spot monitor. You have to train yourself to rely on the tech.
The wheels - a Toyota C-HR
The car has Toyota Safety Sense P, which includes pre collision alert, pedestrian detection and lane departure alert.
|The swooping roof looks great but reduces sight lines|
My favorite feature is automatic high beams; you can see clearly at night, but when another car approaches, the lights dim.
Most important, the Toyota C-HR was quite comfortable. After all the walking and running - and eating - I needed to relax.
Note: Toyota loaned me the C-HR and Kimpton provided a complimentary room. Opinions expressed are my own.