Meet Charlie, This Week’s Adoptable Running Dog

Charlie | Photo courtesy the Monster Milers

Charlie | Photo courtesy the Monster Milers

This week’s adoptable running dog is a cute, smaller — but energetic! — pup currently spending his days at PAWS. Like some humans, he’s a big fan of exercise, so if you’re looking for a workout partner to keep you accountable, he may be your perfect fit. Learn more about him below.

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Lovers of VERY Long Runs, Rejoice! Rocky 50K 2017 Run Date Announced

Rocky 50K 2016 | Photo via Facebook

Rocky 50K 2016 | Photo via Facebook

If you’ve pounded the pavement in the Rocky 50K Fat Ass Run in the past — for the uninitiated, that’s a 31-mile fun run that takes runners along the route completed by Rocky Balboa in Rocky II (Philly Mag’s very own Dan Mcquade traced it here, actually) — you’ve probably noticed that it’s usually held on the first Saturday of December. But if you were waiting to hold that date in your calendar for official confirmation, we’re here to tell you, you can go ahead and pencil “RUNNING ALL DAY” in. Rocky 50K founder Rebecca Barber has told us the official run date for the fifth annual Rocky 50K has been confirmed for Saturday, December 2nd.

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How to Tell If You Actually Got a Good Night of Sleep

We all know that there are some trustworthy tricks to set yourself up for a good night’s sleep (like not taking a hot shower before bed and sleeping with your socks on, to name a few), but come morning, how do you know if you actually got a good night’s rest?

The National Sleep Foundation has pinpointed four simple indicators of quality sleep based on the findings of over 275 peer-reviewed sleep studies. In a piece on the Huffington Post, chief executive officer of the National Sleep Foundation, David Cloud, said, in a world where trackers of everything from fitness to sleep rule, these indicators are aimed at helping people understand what good and healthy sleep looks like, so they can actually, you know, understand what it is their tracker is telling them about their sleep patterns. Below, the four indicators that tell you if you did, in fact, get a good night’s rest.  Read more »

Trail Etiquette: 7 Rules We Wish Everyone Would Follow on the Schuylkill River Trail

Photo by R. Kennedy for Visit Philadelphia

Photo by R. Kennedy for Visit Philadelphia

This past weekend — a long one, complete with 65-degree weather in freakin’ February — was the kind of weekend that causes a person to spew out delusional sentences like, “Who needs California? I basically live in California. We have avocado toast! And sunshine! And trails! WHO needs California?!”

I was yelling such statements to my boyfriend, who was undoubtedly rolling his eyes, as we biked down a sun-splashed Spring Garden Street, dressed in sweatshirts (in February! Like California!), to make our way to the Schuylkill River Trail — with a pit-stop at Whole Foods for sushi (I was really embracing the whole wannabe-California-resident thing) — to get a good long bike ride and picnic in.

This didn’t go exactly as planned.

The SRT was packed — like human-traffic-jam-level packed — with other enthusiastic, sunshine-loving, movement-loving folks looking to get their run, bike and walk on along the river. And it was still lovely, but our bike ride ended up being a verrrry slow one (at points, walkers were moving just as fast) with many hurdles — dogs darting across the path! Tiny humans darting across the path! People stopped in the middle of the trail — bikes and all — to take selfies! We only managed to make it to East Falls before we gave up and hunkered down on the side of the trail to dig into our avocado rolls. After soaking up some sunshine, we crossed the East Falls Bridge, braving the many bumps on the (much less crowded) MLK path for our ride back.

Now, don’t get me wrong: It’s AWESOME that so many people utilize the Schuylkill River Trail. It’s a wonderful resource to have access to in the middle of a city, accessible to residents spanning across a slew of neighborhoods. (And with warm weather — and Broad Street Run training season! — headed our way, the trail will only fill up more.) But this busy Sunday ride got me thinking about a few rules that I wish everyone would follow to make using the trail a bit more pleasant for all. Read ‘em below. And if you have rules you wish everyone on the SRT would follow, shout ‘em out in the comments.

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The Checkup: Why You Should Open Your Curtains Right When You Wake Up 

• You’re going to want to start raising your blinds first thing in the morning. Research shows, people who were exposed to sunlight in the early morning had lower BMIs than those who weren’t, probably thanks to sunlight giving the body’s internal clock (metabolism included) a kickstart. Here, four more morning habits to tweak for weight loss. [Prevention]

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10 Weeks to a 10-Miler: Your Broad Street Run Training Plan

Photo by M. Edlow for VISIT PHILADELPHIA™

Photo by M. Edlow for VISIT PHILADELPHIA™

So, you got into the Broad Street Run — congrats! Now only 10 weeks of training stand between you and the finish line at the Navy Yard.

The average runner will invest over 72 hours pounding the pavement training for the Broad Street Run. While those 72 hours will greatly determine what the finish-line clock will read, there is perhaps one determinant of your success that most people ignore. It doesn’t include running, lifting weights or even getting off the couch, but rather a pen and paper.

Ready for it? You need to have a plan.

A successful race-training plan is well thought-out, written down and kept visible for you to see daily. And I hate to break it to you, but haphazardly running while increasing your mileage each week is not a plan.

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