For everyone out there who doesn’t think running a marathon is hard enough, the Philadelphia Marathon — which has been shaking things up quite a bit this year — just announced a new race-weekend challenge: The 39.3-mile Rocky Challenge. My legs hurt just thinking about it.
Calling all our spontaneous runner friends out there! The Philadelphia Rock ’n’ Roll Half Marathon and 5K are hitting the streets of Philly in just a few weeks — on the weekend of September 17th, to be exact — and we happen to have a discount code for you to put toward registration. You know, if you feel like adding a last-minute half marathon to your fall plans. (Or a less hives-inducing 5K.)
A few weeks ago, we told you guys about City Fitness’s plans to open a 40,000-square-foot fitness club at 18th Street and JFK Boulevard in Center City, which they’re calling City Fitness Center City West. Obviously, 40,000 square feet is a LOT of space, and marketing director Tom Wingert mentioned they’d be filling it with all sorts of good stuff aside from gym equipment, including retail offerings. But one thing we weren’t expecting to see on that list? A co-working space. So I was surprised when, this morning, I got a press release from City Fitness saying that, yes, among perks like executive locker rooms and high-end cardio and strength-training equipment, the new fitness club will also feature “a fully equipped co-working space — the first of its kind amongst Philadelphia’s fitness clubs.”
There isn’t much better incentive to get your heart rate up in the great outdoors come fall than the promise of catching a good glimpse of the season’s lovely, Hallmark-card-worthy red, orange and yellow leaves, are we right? And one of the very best spots to take them in? The Wissahickon, of course. And this fall, Friends of the Wissahickon is challenging everyone to put on their hiking boots, bike helmets and running shoes and tackle ALL of the Wissahickon’s trails — that would be over 50 miles of them — with their All Trails Challenge. Just think of all the Instagram-worthy, fall-leaf-filled photo ops!
Raise your hand if the thought of shopping the aisles of a brand spankin’ new grocery store gives you ALL the excitement-induced butterflies. Same. Which is why, as I type this, I keep having to hold back screeches of joy (I can’t be that office mate). Here goes: This Friday, August 26th, Maryland-based MOM’s Organic Market is opening its second Philly-area location at 1631 Kings Highway North in Cherry Hill. Excuse me while I go let out a big “Eeeeeeee!”
• Planning on braving the post-work nightmare that is Trader Joe’s at 6 p.m. on a Monday? First off, let me just say: You are a hero. And secondly, before you head to TJ’s, you should read through this list of the best vegan finds in the store’s aisles and update your shopping list accordingly. [POPSUGAR Fitness]
Total time commitment: 35 minutes
Difficulty (out of five): 3
Soreness Factor: Those jump lunges may come back to hurt us!
Overall Grade (out of five): 3.5
Well, here’s a reason to get some push-ups in today (because if you’re anything like me, you need a bit more incentive than the promise of toned shoulders): The 22 Push-Up Challenge, a social media challenge raising awareness about veteran suicide (the stats used to say 22 veterans took their lives each day in the U.S.; an updated stat says that number is around 20), encourages folks to post videos of themselves getting 22 push-ups to social media with the hashtag #22PushupChallenge, and challenge a friend to get their shoulder-toning, awareness-raising push-ups in, too.
Earlier this week, the Internet was chatting away about how McDonald’s had begun giving kids fitness trackers as the free toy with Happy Meals. But before you run out to McDonald’s and grab a fitness tracker on the cheap, note that the fitness tracker’s abilities only go so far as counting steps and blinking according to how fast or slow you’re moving (it’s a free toy, after all) — plus, the fitness trackers seem to be giving kids skin issues. In response to reports of skin irritation, McDonald’s has pulled them.