Fact: There’s no reward for 26.2—or 13.1, for that matter—quite like an ice-cold beer. Marathon runners often swear off the stuff for weeks or months leading up to the event. It dehydrates. It slows recovery. But, gosh, does it taste good.
So if you’re jonesing for a brew after you cross the finish line on Sunday, here’s a list of watering holes (most serve brunch, too!), all of which no more than a half mile from the finish line. You earned it.
• Here are some early-morning mistakes that can leave you feeling exhausted all day. Eek! I’m guilty of all of three! [Women's Health]
• I wish Philly would adopt this transportation model: To get people hyped for the Winter Olympics, Russia has done away with subway fare, simply asking that passengers do 30 squats to ride. Seriously! [Greatist]
• I know you think you need coffee, but you’re probably wrong. Find out what your cravings really mean. [Refinery29]
• Whaaaat? Scientists are working on an alcohol-replacement drug that promises all of the light-headed, word-slurring effects of a bottle (or two) of wine, minus the hangover. [Independent]
• Get your butt in shape (literally) with this 10-minute body-weight workout. Beyoncé booty, here I come! [Shape]
Yoga-class etiquette is kind of like dog-park etiquette: You don’t know it exists until you see someone do something seriously wrong. But believe me, it’s a thing. Chances are you’ve committed one of these yoga crimes during a mat-sesh, but not to worry—we’ve compiled this handy-dandy list of yoga-class no-nos so you’ll never unknowingly never piss off your mat neighbor again. If you’ve got a nagging yoga faux pas that we missed, let us know in the comments. Consider it catharsis.
This weekend, The New York Times published a controversial op-ed and, boy, did it have people talking. In lieu of an online-comments section, which is suspiciously absent on the Times site, readers sounded off via opinionated tweets and heated Reddit comments.
In case you missed the article, here’s a recap: Daniel Duane, a newbie to biking the San Francisco streets, decided to investigate what legal consequences befall a driver who kills a cyclist. What he found is this: In most states, and in almost all reported instances, there are almost no consequences. Unless you are driving drunk or completely recklessly, the punishment for killing a cyclist with your car often amounts to a slap on the wrist (often nothing happens, but sometimes drivers are fined or receive community service). Makes you think twice about wearing a helmet, huh? The central question the op-ed aims to answer is this: “Is It O.K. to Kill Cyclists?” According to Duane, our justice system and the people who enforce its laws are giving everyone the impression that it is.
As you can imagine, the piece made the Internet explode with reactions from bike-lovers to bike-haters to bike-fearers to everyone in between. Here’s what they had to say:
If you’re getting bored of hearing about marathon season, you might be interested in this unique race for charity. On November 23rd, Balance Chestnut Hill and Indigo Schuy are hosting a team indoor-cycling race called Wheels for Meals. All of the proceeds from the event will benefit Meals on Wheels, a nonprofit which provides over one million meals to senior citizens across the country each day.
Here’s how the race works: Each team will consist of four to six members taking turns cycling on a stationary bike, pedaling as fast as they can for 10-minute intervals. The team will go for two hours, total. Talk about a workout, huh? The goal is to rack up as much mileage as possible; the three teams with the most mileage in the end will win some goodies!
We’ve got your Thanksgiving turkey options covered. From local to kosher to cage-free to organic, we’ve found every type of holiday bird under the sun. Now, all you’ve gotta do is order. And do it soon—these birds go fast.
Thanks to Rue La La and Lithe Method, we’ve found the perfect treat yo’ self purchase that won’t break the bank. The local Cardio-Cheer-Sculpting studio, Lithe Method, is offering a package of five classes for only $49 this week on the deal site. That’s less than half-price, you guys!
This package would be the perfect gift to yourself (Post-Thanksgiving toning? Please and thanks!), or a great holiday present for a fitness-loving friend. You don’t need to be a new student to purchase the voucher, so current students, buy away! You can only redeem one voucher per Rue La La account, and it must be used by May 8th, 2014, at either the Old City or the Main Line location (sorry—the Rittenhouse location is off limits).
The deal closes on Thursday, so get it while the getting’s good. Learn more about the details and purchase a voucher here. (Note: You’ll have to sign up for Rue La La if you’re not already a member.)
Confession: I do not love running. And I especially do not love running in the insanely windy Philadelphia winter. But this hilarious holiday-themed race on December 7th just might get me into some fleece-lined leggings and out into the blistering cold.
This is The Ugly Sweater Run’s first year in Philly (yay!), and the concept is pretty simple: Put on that hideous sequined reindeer knit-vest that your grandmother made for you last winter and run the 3.1 mile course through Fairmount Park, hydrating along the way with endless hot chocolate. So basically, you’ll get to live every six year old’s dream. Mustaches are strongly encouraged, but if you can’t grow one (because, ya know, genes), they will gladly give you a temporary ‘stache.