Lululemon and November Project Join Forces for Free Run and Happy Hour Series

If you’ve had trouble sticking to your runs as the temperatures drop, Lululemon and the November Project Philadelphia are here to help keep you from turning into a complete lazy bum this December: They’ve teamed up for a free three-week running series, kicking off this week. And if a free group run isn’t enough incentive to get you to leave your heated living room for the brisk outdoors, note that each run ends at a local bar for happy hour. Yes, please!

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SWEAT Fitness Closing Arch Street Gym, Opening Midtown Village Flagship 

A rendering of the entrance to SWEAT Fitness's new Midtown Village location.

A rendering of the entrance to SWEAT Fitness’s new Midtown Village location.

We’ve talked about this before: With the influx of boutique fitness studios (Hi, SLT, CorePower, SoulCycle, and so on), it’s a bit rough out there for big gyms right now. But the folks at SWEAT Fitness — the Philly-area gym with eight locations, that’s been alive and kicking for 20 years — tell us they’re making a move to meld the best of boutique fitness and big gym in their new flagship location, coming to Broad Street this winter.

This coming February, SWEAT will open a new 25,000-square-foot location at 1 South Broad Street. SWEAT Fitness president Tracy Shannon describes the flagship gym location as a sort of one-stop shop for the specialty classes you’d find at a boutique fitness studio (think: Spin, barre, apparatus Pilates, and more), and top-of-the-line gym equipment to get your solo workout on with (think: Woodway treadmills, and so on).

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Bookmark These: Running and Hiking Routes to See Fairmount Park’s Historic Mansions on Foot

Mount Pleasant Mansion | Photo by R. Kennedy for Visit Philadelphia

Mount Pleasant Mansion | Photo by R. Kennedy for Visit Philadelphia

This past weekend, the Fairmount Park Conservancy hosted their third annual Jingle Jog, which takes runners on either a five-mile or 8.2-mile route through Fairmount Park to see the park’s historic mansions all decked out for the holidays. If you missed it because too many Friday happy hour margaritas (hey, it happens), not to fear: The folks at the Fairmount Park Conservancy posted the two routes from the Jingle Jog, which you can tackle running or hiking, on their blog today.

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Drake-Themed Yoga Class and Post-Yoga Party Coming to Philly

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Image via Facebook

We thought this month couldn’t get any better when it came to yoga classes with bombtastic playlists — after all, we’ve already got NamaSLAY at Three Queens Yoga and an old school hip-hop class at Palo Santo Wellness Boutique — but it just got better: On Sunday, December 18th, Namasdrake, a Drake-themed yoga shindig, is making its way to Philly.

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Because Mondays Are Hard: Snap Kitchen Is Handing Out Free Cookies 

snap kitchenMondays are hard. But they’re a littttle bit less hard when free cookies are involved. And today just happens to be one of those free cookie Mondays. (All praise the cookie gods.) Here’s the deal: In celebration of National Cookie Day — which was actually yesterday, according to the interwebs — Snap Kitchen’s Rittenhouse location will be giving the first 50 folks who stop in for lunch today, between the hours of 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., a free vegan, gluten-free chocolate chip cookie with their entree purchase.

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The Checkup: The Brilliant Way to Eat an Underripe Avocado

• Sure, you could be a patient human who does things like waits for their avocados to be perfectly ripe before digging in and never reads spoilers before watching the episodes of The Walking Dead. Or you could be, well, the other type of person — the kind who wants an avocado now, even if it’s not ripe yet. And thanks to the brilliant trick Chef Carolina Santos-Neves shared for using unripe avocados to make avocado carpaccio (say whaaat?), you can have your avocado and be impatient too. [MindBodyGreen]

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Gift Guide: 15 Awesome Gifts for Philly Runners (As Chosen By Philly Runners)

Fact: Buying gifts is hard. You’re not a mindreader, after all. And there is nothing — NOTHING — worse than a total gift fail (see: that very awkward year my aunt bought my mom a scale for Christmas). So to help you all out, at least when it comes to the runners in your life, we got into the minds of some of our favorite Philly runners, asking them what they have on their holiday wish lists this season. Take note of their wish lists — which feature everything from water bottles to windbreakers — below. Then get to shopping for the runner in your life!

Psst: We’ve got your gift-buying questions covered in the healthy foodie and yogi departments, too!

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Lululemon Lab Is Coming to Philly 

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Photo via Facebook

The Local Fishtown, Lululemon’s new local concept store, opened on Frankford Avenue last weekend — and tonight, they’re bringing yet another Lululemon concept to Philly for the weekend: Lululemon Lab.

The company has two locations for Lululemon Lab, Vancouver and New York City, and this weekend, the NYC Lab team will be coming to Philly for the first time to show off pieces — which you, my friends, can shop! — from their Winter ’16 collection during a weekend-long trunk show at Lululemon’s The Local Fishtown.

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