This past Sunday was pretty gloomy, the forecast was calling for rain all day again! The difference between today and Saturday’s trip to French Creek State Park was the temperature. It was in the mid-60s! It’s hard to believe three days later it’s 25 degrees and there is snow on the ground. Snow and tons of ice. I’ve been trying to get back into the habit of running which, I’ll admit, this is not the best time of year to stay motivated to do that. I hate running on a treadmill almost as much as I hate the gym after January 1st. It’s so much more crowded and difficult to find a machine to workout on or a space in a class. I’m going to try my hardest to keep my #writeandrun31 pledge of 31 days of running for at least 20 minutes anyway, I just wish the temperature was similar to that particular January day instead of today’s particular January temperature. Okay, enough complaining about the weather here in Philly and back to Washington Avenue Green.
Washington Avenue Green, or Pier 53 park as I think it’s also called, is such a perfect spot to run to. The distance from my house is probably only about a mile or a little over but you could make the run as long as you’d like running back and forth on the path along the river. Another option would be to enter the path by the Home Depot and continue on Delaware Ave towards Penns Landing, another great Philly running route. The park itself was built on an old pier that burned down and had been abandoned since 1965. I had never known the history of this particular pier and really enjoyed reading more about it, along with the recent transformation of it on the Washington Avenue Green website. It’s amazing to think over a million immigrants came into the country here in the 1800s, it was Philly’s own Ellis Island.
Many of the benches and other structures in the park were built from old artifacts of Pier 53 and there are tons of plants and trees that have been added to the landscape. A wooden walkway was built out over the river and the most notable new structure is the ‘land buoy’ that was built at the end of the walkway. There are spiral staircases around it that lead to a great lookout point to see so much of the river, both bridges, and one of my favorite Philadelphia landmarks, the SS United States. This little park is such a hidden gem off of a pretty gritty stretch of Deleware Ave, completely hidden from view from the street. It’s projects like this that make me love Philly so much.
#writeandrun31 Recap | Day 2:
Running (minutes): 0. I can’t believe I messed up my second day of the challenge. I left work later than I meant to and stopped at Whole Foods on my way home. By the time I finished cooking dinner it was 9:30 and I was exhausted. The snow on the ground didn’t help either. These are all excuses though and my disappointment in myself will hopefully just fuel me to go strong the rest of the challenge. I did stick to my other 2 goals though.. baby steps.
Running (distance): 0
Writing: 484 words