How to Train for Your First 5K the Philly Way

Schuylkill Trail along Kelly Drive // Photograph by Jeff Fusco

Schuylkill Trail along Kelly Drive // Photograph by Jeff Fusco

Training for your first 5K can be a daunting task if the only kind of running you’re used to doing includes going for a mid-afternoon coffee run. But you can do it (we promise!), and to help you out, we got running coach Cory Smith of Run Your Personal Best to put together a nine-week Couch to 5K training plan for beginners, complete with tons of Philly flavor. Think: runs along Forbidden Drive, tackling hills behind the Art Museum and, of course, running the Art Museum Steps.

Over the course of nine weeks, you’ll work your way up from doing a mix of running and jogging to running a full 3.1 miles, easy. Check out the training plan below.

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This Is When and Where Kevin Hart’s Free Pop-Up Philly 5K Is Happening!

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As many of you probably know, comedian Kevin Hart is currently on tour, and he’s been holding pop-up 5Ks in many of the cities he stops in. So if you’ve been compulsively checking Twitter to get some — any! — information about when and where he will be holding his pop-up 5K in Philly, his hometown, you can stop pressing refresh: Last night, Hart tweeted out a link to reserve your spot for his Philly 5K, happening this Saturday, August 29th. Eeeeeee! Read more »

Run With Olympians at the First Annual Belmont Plateau Hall of Fame Classic

Runners at the Belmont Plateau | Photo via Philadelphia Runner

Runners at the Belmont Plateau | Photo via Philadelphia Runner

I’m sure plenty of you reading this have run a bazillion races in your lifetime, but how many of you have ever gotten to run alongside Olympic runners? Well, come August 30th, you’ll have the chance to do just that at the inaugural Belmont Plateau Hall of Fame Classic.

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5K + Beer and Wine Festival = Chester County’s First-Ever Red, White and Brew Run

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You may have noticed that we get pretty excited when anyone around here combines food, drinks, and running. So, naturally, we had to share this upcoming event with y’all: The inaugural Chester County Red, White and Brew Run will be happening Sunday, September 13th, at the Historic Phoenixville Foundry. Read on for details. Read more »

The Checkup: The Weird and Scary Way Your Sleep Habits Are Affecting Your Social Life

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• You know that if you don’t get enough sleep, you hurt your productivity, your mood, your motivation, and your health. But what you might not know is that sleep deprivation also reduces your ability to interpret facial expressions, which could seriously affect your relationships and how you treat other people. A recent study found that after 24 hours of being awake, people could not distinguish between threatening and friendly faces. [ScienceDaily]

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The Generation Run 5K Is Coming Up (and There Will Be Root Beer Floats at the Finish Line!)

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Image via Generation Run

If you like root beer and Little Baby’s ice cream, and you like them even better paired together, you are going to go nuts for this year’s Generation Run 5K, Students Run Philly Style’s annual fundraising race: This year, runners will be greeted with free root beer floats, made with root beer from Yards Brewing Company and ice cream from Little Baby’s, at the finish line. Just the motivation you need to run your fastest, right?
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