To Do: Merrell Down and Dirty Mud and Obstacle Run

Get ready to get down and dirty, Be Wellers, because this race isn’t leaving anyone clean.

The Merrell Down and Dirty National Mud and Obstacle Course will be gracing Fairmont Park the fourth year in a row on July 14th. With the choice of 5K or 10K course, runners will start off by trudging through water crossings ando end up on secluded trails that will have them forgetting that they’re surrounded by city life. If that sounds difficult, wait until the rolling hills that follow, and who could forget about the messiest obstacle of all: the mud pit that stands between runners and the finish line. Think you’re up for the challenge? Find out more and register here. And if you need tips on how to train for a mud run, check out our expert Q&A here.

5K starts at $60, 10K starts at $70, Race date is July 14th at 7 am (5K starts at 8:30), Fairmount Park, Philadelphia.

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I Tried It: House Party Fitness at Philly Dance Fitness

This past Monday, I let loose, house-party style. Wait, I should clarify. (Hi, mom!) I didn’t exactly go to a full-fledged, out-of-control house party, but I did go to House Party Fitness at Philly Dance Fitness—and that’s practically the same thing, right?

Nerd that I am, I haven’t had much experience raging out on a regular basis, so I did a little research to find out what to expect. The thing I saw on PDF’s website was this: “You know the type of party where the music is pumpin’, the base is pounding, and you don’t want the party to end?” Um, sure. “Well that’s what this class feels like.” Still a bit unsure about what exactly I was getting myself into, I convinced myself that I could totally do this. I mean, I am an avid Zumba-goer, so how different could this be?

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To Do: Dog Jog Run 5K in Downingtown

If your favorite running partner has four legs instead of two, we have just the event for you. Downingtown East High School is inviting humans and canines alike to come out for its Dog Jog Run on May 18th. The 5K course includes trail and road surfaces for a best-of-both-worlds race. T-shirts will be given to the first 400 registered runners and bandanas will be given to the first 100 registered dogs (cute!). Proceeds benefit the Chester County SPCA and the Pennsylvania SPCA. Find out more and register here.

$20 until May 11th, $25 after, Race day is May 18th at 9 a.m., Downingtown East High School, 50 Devon Drive, Exton.

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To Do: Rebel Race Obstacle Challenge

Adventure-obstacle races are all the rage these days, so if you haven’t taken the plunge (literally), perhaps this is your chance.

The Rebel Race, which takes place May 18th, will have runners getting down and dirty as they trek through the obstacle course. With the option to run a 5K or 15K, participants will be barricade-jumping, fire-dodging and mud-swimming their way to some serious bragging rights. Post-race activities will include mechanical-bull riding, a dunk tank, tug-of-war and more. Find out more and register here.

$75 until May 1st, $85 after; race day is May 18th; 5K races will begin every 30 minutes starting from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and the 15k will begin at 1p.m.; 3143 York Road, Furlong, PA.

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My Big Fat Greek Recipe List: 50 Healthy Greek Yogurt Recipes

Okay, so this whole Greek yogurt trend is seriously blowing up. Not only are the variations of the creamy concoction starting to outnumber the traditional yogurt types at the grocery store, I’ve also been seeing Greek yogurt popping up in all sorts of recipes lately, from smoothies to salads to entrées. And it’s no wonder: Using Greek yogurt is a terrific way to make recipes using heavy whipping cream, buttermilk and mayo a tad lighter. Besides, a cup of the fat-free variety packs 20 grams of protein and just 120 calories.

If you’re as Greek-yogurt obsessed as me, check out this massive roundup of 50 yummy recipes starring—you guessed it—Greek yogurt. Bookmark it, Pin it, print it—do whatever you need to do to keep track of this puppy. I’m thinking you’ll find it super useful.

Smoothies and Breakfast: Greek Yogurt Recipes

1. Blackberry Smoothie via FitSugar
2. Raspberry Mango Yogurt Smoothie via Smoothie Handbook
3. Kiwi Smoothie via Good Veg
4. Raspberry Greek Yogurt Smoothie via Weight Watchers
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To Do: Yoga Class and Craft Beer Tasting at Maha Yoga

Fact: we love yoga and we love beer. Which is why we couldn’t resist sharing deets about BrewMaha, Maha Yoga’s yoga-and-craft-beer combo class coming up on May 8th.

The workshop, which takes place on May 8th, starts out with a full-spectrum yoga class for an hour. Afterwards, yogis will be invited to head over to The Corner Foodery for a craft-beer tasting that will be just as delightful. Find out more and register here (click the Workshops tab).

$25 before May 1st, $35 after; event is on May 8th from 5 to 7:30 p.m .; Maha Yoga, 1700 Sansom Street, Philadelphia.

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To Do: ‘Walk a Mile in Her Shoes’ High-Heel Charity Walk for Norristown’s Laurel House Shelter

This event is all about having the highest heels—but if you think it’s for the ladies, think again.

Walk a Mile in Her Shoes is an international men’s high-heel walk (yes, the guys are supposed to wear the high heels) to protest gender violence, rape and assault that is coming to our area on May 4th. While ladies are welcome at the event, they are encouraged to wear flats or sneakers and leave the strutting to the men in heels. All proceeds will benefit the Laurel House Shelter of Norristown, which is dedicated to providing safe harbor for victims of abuse and their children. Find out more and register here.

$50, May 4th at 9 a.m., Farm Park, 3225 Kennedy Road, Norristown.

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10 Underrated Veggies You Should Absolutely Be Eating

Everyone knows that veggies are important to a balanced diet, but it can be pretty easy to fall into the same routine—broccoli, carrots, rinse, repeat. The good news is, we’re getting into primo veggie season, so the variety and choices at our disposal feel almost endless.

I chatted with local dietitians Lisa Jones, Krista Yoder Latortue and Deanna Segrave Daley to find out which veggies we’re missing out on, why we should add them to our diets, and how to prepare them. Check out the round up below to see their terrific recommendations.

A member of the cabbage family, kale has made its way into a lots of recipes lately, from breakfast smoothies to ice cream. When consumed raw, it tends to have a slightly bitter flavor; when cooked, the bitter taste subsides. Kale is pretty hardy and easy to grow, so if you have a home garden, this might be a great plant to grow yourself.

Why it’s great: This green is super rich in potassium and calcium. While kale should be avoided if you take certain medications like anticoagulants (the high level of vitamin K interferes with those drugs), it’s great for preventing inflammation and aiding digestive health. The best part? It’s so easy to incorporate into your favorite dishes and is available year round!

Recipe to try: Red Peppers Stuffed with Kale and Rice [via Eating Well]

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To Do: ‘Bring in the Spring’ Arm Balances Workshop at Maha Yoga

SPRING. IS. HERE. And trust me, Be Wellers, no one is more excited than us. If you’re sharing the springtime love, Maha Yoga and Healing Arts Studio has just the event for you.

The studio is welcoming the warmer weather with its “Bring in The Spring: Arm Balances, Twists, and Green Juice with Jake” workshop. The event takes place April 21st and promises to release all the heaviness of winter through fun twists and arm balancing. Stick around after for complimentary and yummy green juice! Find out more infor and register here (scroll down).

$40, April 21st from 1 to 3:00 p.m., Maha Yoga and Healing Arts Studio, 1700 Sansom Street, sixth floor, Philadelphia.

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To Do: Zumbathon for MS at the Art Museum

So get this. The National MS Society is hosting a four-hour Zumbathon at one of the coolest landmarks in Philly: The Art Museum Stairs.

On May 5th, Zumba lovers will gather on the landmark made famous by Rocky himself, to show off their moves while raising money for multiple sclerosis. Sounds great, right? Participants must raise a minimum of $125. The funds support 14,000 local families whom have been affected by MS. So get fund-raising! Find out more and register here.

Minimum fundraising goal of $125, May 5th from 8 a.m. to noon, Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia.

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