Field Guide: 5 Best Workouts at the Jersey Shore

Best workouts at the Jersey Shore.

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If you’ve spent most of your summer glued to your beach chair, it’s probably time you got a quality sweat session in. After all, you’ve got to counteract a summer’s worth of beachside beermosas somehow. To point you in the right calorie-burning direction, we got five Philly fitness pros to dish on their favorite Shore workouts, from killer yoga classes to beach boot camps. Take your pick, soon-to-be-reformed beach bums. Read more »

Meet Helen, This Week’s Adoptable Running Dog

helen lead2You may remember this week’s adoptable running dog, Helen. We featured this cute pup back in November. And yep: She’s STILL at Street Tails, eight months later. (Insert all the tear emojis here.) This gal, who happens to be deaf, is all about running, hiking and road-tripping. So if you are an adventurer who needs a escape mate, you can learn more about her below.

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The Fan Hack to Help You Survive the Heat Waves of Summer

It is going to be hot this weekend. Like, really hot. And, while sweating does have its perks, it’s not something I’m interested in doing all weekend long. But I also don’t want to spend boatloads of money on my electric bill from blasting my air conditioner. If you feel the same way, I have a question to ask you: Do you know what direction your ceiling fan is set to turn —  clockwise or counterclockwise? Don’t worry, I didn’t think that was a question I ever needed to ask myself either, until this morning.
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One Big Lesson We Should All Learn From Pokémon Go

Photo by Brian Thomas

Photo by Brian Thomas

Pokémon Go is to the month of July 2016 what Paris Hilton was to the year 2006: You can’t venture onto the internet without being confronted with news — much of it entirely pointless — concerning it. And as much as you don’t want to be intrigued by its existence, you probably are. Because there must be a reason people are so obsessed, right?

Clearly, I am not one of the people who gets it. That said, I do think that, probably unlike Paris Hilton, there is one big fitness-related life lesson we can, and should, all learn from the game.

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Why Runners Are Upset About the Philadelphia Marathon Course Changes 

Philadelphia Marathon | Photo by M. Fischetti for VISIT PHILADELPHIA

Philadelphia Marathon | Photo by M. Fischetti for VISIT PHILADELPHIA

Back in April, the Philadelphia Marathon announced that they’d be making some big changes to the November race this year: For one, Jim Marino, race director for the Broad Street Run, would be coming on as race director for the Philadelphia Marathon. Two, the half marathon and the full marathon would be held on different days — the former on Saturday and the latter on Sunday — as opposed to running concurrently, as they have in past years. And three, both distances would see some course changes.

Back then, they outlined the race changes in a press release, saying the most notable change to the full marathon would be the nixing of the out-and-back portion on East Falls Bridge. They outlined some serious changes to the half marathon course—long story short: significantly less time spent in Center City, more time spent in Fairmount Park—but there were no maps of the courses available then. Well, now there are. The race recently posted the map for the full marathon course (here) and the half marathon course (here)—and runners have quite a bit to say.

Runners have been chatting about the changes, primarily the changes to the half marathon course (the marathon course is mostly untouched, and many people are actually very happy about the fact that the East Falls Bridge portion was cut), over in the Facebook group Run215. Reading through the comments, there seem to be two main issues upsetting runners when it comes to the half marathon course changes. Read more »

Meet Bingo and Butter, This Week’s Adoptable Walking Dogs 

Bingo and Butter.

Butter (left) and Bingo (right).

This week, we’ve got not one, but TWO adoptable pups for you guys to stare at with hearts in your eyes. These two, Bingo and Butter, come as a pair, and if you’re lacking in motivation to get off the couch and get moving — especially when it feels like a freakin’ sauna outside — these two walking lovers may give you just the extra push you need (in the form of sad puppy eyes) to lace up your sneaks and head out for a walk. Learn more about them below. Read more »

Beer Garden Yoga: Parks on Tap Hosting Pay-What-You-Wish Yoga All Summer

Parks on Tap | Photo via Facebook

Parks on Tap | Photo via Facebook

Calling all yogis! We have the perfect Saturday plans for you for the rest of the summer (you’re welcome). We just learned that the folks over Rittenhouse’s Maha Yoga are hosting pay-what-you-wish yoga classes every Saturday at Parks on Tap, the floating beer garden that’s popping up at Philly parks all summer long.


It’s Official: Philly Is Getting a Car-Free Open Streets Event This Fall

The car-free Ben Franklin Bridge during Pope Francis's visit | Photo by Adjua Fisher

The car-free Ben Franklin Bridge during Pope Francis’s visit | Photo by Adjua Fisher

We’ve been dreaming about getting another shot at running, jumping and biking across car-free streets like we did during Pope Francis’s visit last September for nearly a year now. And this morning, Open Streets PHL, the nonprofit that’s been pushing for a car-free open streets event — where city streets go car-free for a chunk of time, allowing residents to roam free — since last September, sent out an email announcing the big news that Philly will be getting its very first official open streets event this September. Say it with me, people: Eeeeeeeeeee! Read more »

Stripp’d Juice Hosting Bizarrely Awesome Kanye-Themed Dinner 

Stripp'd Juice | Photo via Instagram

Stripp’d Juice | Photo via Instagram

Old City’s Stripp’d Juice is getting in on the dinner game with the first of many themed dinners, owner Khoran Horn tells us. The first themed dinner on the list? A Kanye West-themed dinner, complete with ALL Kanye-inspired menu items, Kanye music, and Kanye “ambiance.” Weird? Yes. Amazing? Also yes.
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