Anyone who completes a 10K deserves serious props. Unless you are an elite runner or just have tons of grit, most folks don't just roll out of bed and run six miles without working hard to prepare.
But how about somebody who walks the whole distance over the course of a few hours while scarfing down tons of tacos?
That's just what Philadelphia writer Anna Orso did, as she chronicled in a post for Billy Penn. She's my freaking hero.
"I thought I was going to be slick this year in my effort to sign up for the Philly 10K," she wrote in an August 25 post for the site. "I've done it twice before ... and I'm over paying an arm and a leg to exercise for one hour. So I figured this year, I would wait until just a few days before the fourth annual run ... to snag a bib from someone who's bailing just before the race."
Unfortunately she missed the "official transfer period," so this wasn't feasible.
"So I decided, screw that, I'll complete my own Philly 10K and spend my time doing something far better than the perpetually-overrated activity that is running: Eating tacos," she added.
Orso checked the official 10K route and found that there were a ton of taco places either along the route or nearby.
"I put on my stretchiest pants and my loosest tank top and started my own version of the Philly 10K -- one in which I vowed to walk the entire 6.2 miles and stop to eat a taco at every single Mexican spot I came across along the way," she explained. "What followed was a five-hour epic trek through South Philadelphia and Center City that included 14 tacos, a few stops for water and one obligatory margarita."
She quickly learned that almost all of the taco places require her to buy a minimum of three tacos, but that doesn't stop her.
At one point, she felt "literally disappointed to see more tacos," she said, but she persevered. Over the course of a few hours, she guzzled down 14 tacos, and I am very proud of her.
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