Meet John, This Week’s Adoptable (Celebrity!) Running Dog

John with 6abc's Matt O'Donnell | Photo courtesy Monster Milers

John with 6abc’s Matt O’Donnell | Photo by Caitlyn of the Monster Milers

John, the terrier mix you see above who’s also our featured running dog of the week, is bit of a local celebrity. See, a couple of weeks ago, he appeared on 6abc with Action News morning anchor Matt O’Donnell in a promo spot for the Monster Milers’s Rescue Run 5K. And let me just say, John killed it on camera.

This spunky little celeb is looking for a forever home and a running buddy who will take him along on training runs. Could it be you? John is available for adoption through the Monster Milers. Read more about him below.   Read more »

Your Weekend Workout Playlist: 20 Songs You Wouldn’t Expect to Get You Amped

Earlier this week, Adjua and I decided to take a spur-of-the-moment lunchtime class at Body Cycle Studio, a perfectly timed 45-minute ride that allowed us to be back at our desks before we were missed. Instructor Ross MacKinnon led the group over hills, on flat roads, etc. etc., all to a soundtrack of what I would consider pretty typical workout songs: the trance-y gym tracks and repetitive pop songs that sort of wash over you without your brain really registering them.

And then, all of a sudden, I heard it: the sort of quiet, intriguing, leg-bouncing intro to Dave Matthews Band’s “Two Step.” “Is this ‘Two Step’?” I actually bellowed to Ross from across the room in the middle of the class. “Yes!” he shouted back. “I like to mix it up.” Read more »

New Pilates Studio Coming to Old City

Prime Fusion Fitness will be located at 123 Chestnut Street | Photo via Google Earth

Prime Fusion Fitness will be located at 123 Chestnut Street | Photo via Google Earth

If you haven’t noticed, Pilates is having a bit of a moment in our area. Philly’s veteran studios are as awesome as ever (Thrive Pilates in Rittenhouse, Urban Front in Center City, Ploome in Northern Liberties, among others), and the new kids on the block are adding some fun, fresh offerings to our Pilates plate (both the one-year-old Plank Studio in Wayne and the six-month-old Sculpt Fitness Studio in NoLibs specialize in trendy Megaformer classes).

Now, we’ve got a whole new concept all together: a Pilates studio housed inside the Healing Arts Center of Philadelphia at 123 2nd Street in Old City. Helmed by former Thrive Pilates assistant director Lauren Kelly, the new studio, called Prime Fusion Fitness, will open on Monday, October 12th.  Read more »

The Official Philly Runner’s Bucket List: 10 Races and Runs to Do (At Least) Once

The Philly 10K | Photo by Matt Stanley

The Philly 10K | Photo by Matt Stanley

If you’re a runner in Philly, chances are you’ve done the Broad Street Run and the Philadelphia Marathon. (Haven’t yet? Get on that!) But what about the Midnight Madness Run? Or the 26×1 Marathon Relay? Or a Run the Vineyards race? Add them — and the other awesome runs and races below — to your bucket list pronto.  Read more »

5 Ways I Changed My Outlook on Running — And Learned to Love It Again



I mentioned a few weeks ago on the blog that I’ve been having a bit of difficulty figuring out when, in my new working-mom schedule, to fit a workout into my day.

To recap: Mornings aren’t super ideal, since that’s the largest chunk of time in a given day that I’m able to spend with my kid. Evenings are tough, because by the time I get home from work and put my kid to bed (and put him to bed AGAIN, when he inevitably wakes up screaming 20 minutes after going down) I’m exhausted and, well, starving. And midday is obviously out because I’m here spending my time with you, dear reader.

So that leaves me with … the middle of the night? Yeah. You see my predicament.  Read more »

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