Free Ladies’ Night Run Tuesday in the Wissahickon

Photo by Flickr user Rhys A.

Photo by Flickr user Rhys A.

Grab your sneakers and get ready to sweat, ladies: Tomorrow evening, you are invited to a free ladies’ night out, courtesy of sports coach Marcy Gialdo. And if your typical ladies’ nights are anything like mine (margaritas, Mexican food and more margaritas), this night is guaranteed to be a bit more scenic than usual.

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What to Eat This Week: Brain Food

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My mom was always pretty laid back when it came to my dinner meals; When I was younger, I was such a picky eater that as long as I was eating something—mac n’ cheese, grilled cheese, straight-up cheese—my mom was happy. Except when I had to take a big test the next day. Every night before a standardized test, from the time I was five to 18, my mother would insist I eat a meal filled with “brain food”: salmon, avocado, nuts—you get the idea. Needless to say, as someone who preferred to eat only refined carbs paired with cheese, I was not happy. But it turns out, she was on to something—all of these foods are filled with omega-3s which increase blood-flow and decrease inflammation, helping to keep our brains in tip-top shape.

So, in the spirit of back-to-school week, we decided to take a cue from my mom and bring you five recipes filled to the brim with foods that are good for your brain: blueberries, whole grains, avocado, wild salmon and more. Just eat up, and watch the brilliant, million-dollar ideas start pouring in. Happy cooking, friends!

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Your Weekend Workout Playlist: An Ode to The O.C.

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This week’s workout playlist comes to you courtesy of the teen soap opera of ALL teen soap operas—drumroll, please—The O.C. Not only did the series provide tons of inspiration for how to rock a yellow Juicy Couture track suit (so glad those days are over) and inappropriately channel teenage angst, the show also expanded our iTunes library, thanks to all the great music it featured. Anyone else remember when Seth mentioned Death Cab for Cutie and then, like, four minutes later they were every 16-year old’s favorite band?

So, for this week’s workout playlist we’ve got a two-hour long ode to The O.C., filled with songs and bands that appeared on the show. Now, let the nostalgia commence.

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Meet Jazz, This Week’s Adoptable Running Dog

Photo by Linda O'Brien

Photo by Linda O’Brien

If this face doesn’t make you squeal, I don’t know what will: Jazz is a sweet young pooch with lots of energy and smiles to go around. When she’s not trotting along the Schuylkill Trail with the Monster Milers, you can find her at PAWS’ Grays Ferry adoption center. Learn more about Jazz below.

Name: Jazz

Age: 1 to 2 years

Breed: Pit bull terrier mix

Size: 44 pounds

Background: Jazz was found abandoned on a vacant property.

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A Week’s Worth of Healthy Microwaveable Breakfast-in-a-Mug Recipes

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We all have those mornings: You roll out of bed late with zero time to shower, and just barely enough time to brush your teeth, let alone whip up a healthy breakfast—right? Well, not so fast. Turns out, making a healthy breakfast doesn’t have to be a 10-minute-long time suck. You can make pretty much all of your favorite morning meals—scrambled eggs, oatmeal, veggie omelets—with just a microwave and a mug, in under five minutes, no less. Who knew? Here, one full week’s worth of healthy breakfast-in-a-mug recipes for those mornings when you just don’t have time to turn on the stovetop. (If you’re anything like us, that’s every morning.)

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Look At All the Crazy-Cool Science and Research That Goes Into Your Nikes

Your favorite pair of Nikes might already be ranked in the top 10 when it comes to your list of can’t-live-without possessions, but after seeing all the insane science and hard work that goes into designing them, they’ll seem even more precious. The video above gives an inside look at how Nike athletic shoes come to life in the Nike Explore Team Research Lab. And let me tell you, it is pretty freakin’ awesome.

Your Ticket to Free Yoga: #OmAroundTownContest

If you love yourself a yoga selfie (don’t lie—we know you do), I’ve got good news for you: In celebration of National Yoga Month, Kimpton Philadelphia is running a yoga-selfie Instagram contest with prizes including one month of unlimited yoga at Dhyana Yoga, a 10-class yoga card at DIG Yoga and an overnight stay at Hotel Monaco or Hotel Palomar.

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Two-Day ‘Pedaling Through Our National Parks’ Bike Ride September 20th

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You guys, this could quite possibly be the most scenic bike ride you ever take, like, ever:  On September 20th and 21st, the Pedaling Through Our National Parks Bike Ride will take on over 60-miles of trails throughout three national parks around Philly—the Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site, Valley Forge National Historical Park and Independence National Historical Park. Just think of all the Instagram gold to be had!

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