You knew this was coming, right? It’s pretty much the last loose end in our trifecta of Fall Races to Put On Your Calendar posts. This one focuses on races for a cause—runs that benefit worthy organizations. Check out our top picks for the upcoming fall season.
It wasn’t until after college that Malvern resident Katie Rodger got into running. She’d been a Division 1 swimmer at James Madison University, but once pool time was no longer readily available, she decided to test her running chops. It helped that her mom was an avid and accomplished runner, too.
“I watched the effect running had on her mentally, emotionally, physically,” Katie, 29, says of her mom. “She really found herself, and I wanted that.”
So Katie slapped on a pair of running shoes and hit the road. But after a few years marred by pesky injuries, she says, “I realized I wasn’t training correctly, and I wasn’t eating correctly.” Over the past three years she’s done a complete diet overhaul. She’s moved to a mostly plant-based diet, and steers clear of gluten and dairy. She got into juicing and raw food, too.
“I’ve noticed a complete difference in athletic performance,” she says. “I can run longer. My body is performing better.” She credits this, of course, to her new diet.
This past spring, Katie officially launched a business to bring her lessons to the public, and she just quit her job at Comcast a few weeks ago to focus on her business full time. It’s called The Juice, a juice company (duh) focused on athletes.
Now that you’ve got your plans down for your fall 5Ks, I thought we should take a minute to discuss your marathon and half marathon schedule for the next few months. I won’t waste my breath on the Philadelphia Marathon (November 23rd) and Rock ‘n’ Roll Half Marathon (September 21st), since I’m assuming that if you don’t live under a rock, you already know these two big races are on the horizon. So I’m going to focus on upcoming half and full marathons you may not know about—ones that offer the same tough distances, but fewer crowds, good views and great courses.
Get your calendars ready, people.
I hope you washed your hands today if you got coffee from the office break room. A new study found that office kitchens and break rooms, where germ-ridden hands touch things like coffee pots and microwaves, are the germiest places in an office.
Welcome to our new weekly feature, the #BWPSelfie of the Week! Read about why we’re celebrating selfies—and the sweaty Philadelphians who take them—below.
Name: Alexa Rae Liccio
Day job: Digital media designer at Comcast Spotlight
When I Snapped the Pictures: The after picture is from August 4th, 2014 and the before pictures are from 12/24/2010
Total weight loss: 151 pounds