Pro Tips: 8 Things New Runners in Philly Need to Know

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Step 3: Find running buddies. (They’re not hard to find in Philly!)

We are officially bumping right up against the busy fall racing season. In the next few weeks, once everyone returns from their fabulous August vacations (not that I’m jealous or anything—hrrrumph), runners-in-training will be hitting the sidewalks, paths and trails in pursuit of a few PRs over the next couple of months.

If you’re new to running—or even new to running in Philly—you’ve come to the right place. I reached out to several runner pals in the city to get their very best advice for newbies: how to get started and stay motivated, how to find running buddies, and (of course) where to run in our region.

Soak it all up below.

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Rooftop Yoga, Tacos and Beer on Friday

Rooftop yoga at Whole Foods Market Plymouth Meeting

Rooftop yoga at Whole Foods Market Plymouth Meeting

If you’re sticking around this weekend (me too!), here’s something to add to your calendar: This Friday, Whole Foods Market Plymouth Meeting is hosting a Summertime Sayonara yoga class-cum-happy hour on its roof deck.

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Discount Code for the Totally Awesome 80s Run

Totally Awesome 80s Run

Totally Awesome 80s Run

The deals just keep on coming, folks. First we passed along a discount code for the Philadelphia Rock ‘n’ Roll Half Marathon and 5K. Then we gave you one for the Yuengling Oktoberfest 5K. And now, we’ve got a code that’ll score you a discount on entry to the upcoming Totally Awesome 80s Run, a chip-timed, costumes-encouraged 5K in Deptford, New Jersey, on September 14th.

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#BWPSelfie of the Week: “Boom! I Did It!”

Christine Casady, our #BWPSelfie taker of the week!

Christine Casady, our #BWPSelfie taker of the week!

Welcome to our new Monday feature, the #BWPSelfie of the Week! Read about why we’re celebrating selfies—and the sweaty Philadelphians who take them—below. 

Name: Christine C. Casady

Day job: IT for Villanova University

Where she snapped this: Wildwood Crest

What she was doing: Crow position—goofing around after beach yoga class.

Number of years she’s been doing yoga: Four.

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The Checkup: The Fresh Herb You Should Always, Always Have in Your Kitchen

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• An NYC chef says parsley is the ultimate flavor enhancer. Actually, what she really says is that parsley is the “the underwear of my kitchen: I wouldn’t dream of going anywhere without it”—which, of course, is the best way, ever, of phrasing that particular sentiment. Check out these recipes that’ll get you on the parsley bandwagon, too. [Food + Wine]

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Your Weekend Workout Playlist: “Shake It Off” Like Taylor Swift

Taylor Swift has been getting a lot of hate this week. And a lot of love, depending on whom you ask. Her latest music video for “Shake It Off,” the first single off her to-be-released new album 1989, has everybody talking, with some saying it’s racist, some saying it’s not. Others are saying it’s “got a great tan-to-party ratio” (that’s apparently a good thing) and still others say it’s almost too perfect” for a pop song.

Here’s the thing: I don’t particularly care if you like her new song or not. It’s not even on the playlist this week. The point of this week’s sweat-tastic playlist is to take a cue from Taylor, who, I’m positive, is spending a lot of time this week trying to shake off her haters. To wit: I want you to shake off this almost-over workweek and dance a little! See what I did there?

Below is two-plus hours worth of music meant to get you moving, grooving and, most important, smiling. TGIF, y’all. Let’s shake it off.

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Philly’s First Beer for Runners: The Official Philly 10K Beer

PhiladelphiaRunnersAle_finalThe folks at Philadelphia Runner are delivering on their promise to serve up a special beer honoring the first-ever Philly 10K and the Philly running community. (Don’t believe me? Check out the sick label on the left, and click it to make it bigger. So many running clubs!)

Brewed by none other than Philadelphia Brewing Company, the beer is meant to toast the September 6th race and local runners alike. It’ll be tapped at the pre-race expo at the Italian Market on Thursday, September 4th, and be served at the festival after the race on the 6th.

Here’s what Philadelphia Runner’s Ryan Callahan has to say about the so-named Philadelphia Runner’s Ale:

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Discount Code for Yuengling Oktoberfest 5K

Photo by Flickr user Chris Waits

Photo by Flickr user Chris Waits

Well, didn’t this work out just swimmingly? On Tuesday, we encouraged you to put Yuengling Brewery’s debut Oktoberfest 5K on your Official Fall Race Calendar Radar, along with nine other 5Ks we think are worth your time and training. The race would like to reward your efforts, by offering Be Well readers a discount on entry to the race.

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