One woman found an excellent way to stay motivated during a long run.

Anna Orso of Billy Penn planned on running the Philadelphia 10k, until she found out the time to register had passed. That’s when she decided to run the course her own way.

Though she wasn’t officially a participant for the race, Orso planned to race and stop at every taco shop along the course. He chosen plan ended up taking her to 13 taco shops, for a total of 14 tacos and one margarita consumed over the course five hours.

But 14 tacos proved to be challenging in itself.

Between tacos seven and eight, and at only 3.4 miles down, Orso starts to worry about her food fatigue, but pushes herself along:

I’m starting to get fatigued. I walk into the 7-Eleven at 11th and Washington in search of water. I’m parched, and feel like I haven’t consumed a beverage since ‘Nam. I chug a bottle of water and continue walking west on Washington under the beating sun. I see my reflection in a storefront and self-loathing starts to set in. I cut up 12th Street and am starting to regret being so overzealous at the beginning of this endeavor. I realize the fancier Mexican places are coming up soon, and I imagine myself throwing up at El Vez. What will they do?

If there is a good problem to have, she’s probably found it.

If you’re in Philly and want to take the challenge, Orso has mapped out her exact route and the taco shops along the way. Even if running isn’t your thing, her reviews of the many taco shops in Philly is a beautiful ode to a heroic day.

Taco ’bout awesome.


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Meghan is a full-time writer exploring the fun facts behind food. She lives a healthy lifestyle but lives for breakfast, dessert and anything with marinara. She’s thrown away just as many meals as she’s proud of.