Fact: There’s no reward for 26.2—or 13.1, for that matter—quite like an ice-cold beer. Marathon runners often swear off the stuff for weeks or months leading up to the event. It dehydrates. It slows recovery. But, gosh, does it taste good.
So if you’re jonesing for a brew after you cross the finish line on Sunday, here’s a list of watering holes (most serve brunch, too!), all of which no more than a half mile from the finish line. You earned it.
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Honeygrow’s noodle stir-fry strikes the right nutritional balance // Photograph by Amanda Jaffe
The first time I ran a half marathon, I couldn’t wait for dinner the night before. I had visions of the mounds of pasta I would greedily consume in the name of carb-loading. Come race day, I felt the effects of my three heaping servings of pasta primavera: one decidedly uncomfortable—and wholly immovable—carb boulder in the pit of my stomach. Not exactly the jolt of energy I’d been hoping for.
“A lot of people have this misconception that pre-race fueling is all about what you eat the night before—sort of a Last Supper mentality,” says Juliet Burgh, vice president of Philly-based Unite Fitness and nutrition guru for Team Philly Race Training. But to carb-load effectively (i.e., to maximize your body’s glycogen energy stores) you should steadily increase your intake of complex carbs (think whole grains, not candy bars) over the course of a week.
And the day before the race, it’s not just dinner you should be worrying about: All your meals count. “Your body runs off carbs, then fat, then protein—in that order,” Burgh says. In other words, if you don’t have lots of reserves stored up, you’ll be running on fumes by mile five.
Avoid that fate by fueling up smarter. Here’s what Burgh suggests for your pre-race breakfast, lunch and dinner, to turbo-charge your marathon performance.
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• I’ve never run a marathon and, to be quite honest, I have no plans to do so, ever. Why? Well, just read this list of 26 reasons not to run a marathon, and then we can talk. [Huffington Post]
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Heads up, runners! Philly’s getting a brand-spanking-new half marathon on March 30th courtesy of CGI Racing, the same race-management group that puts on the Unite Half Marathon at Rutgers and the New Jersey State Triathlon. This one’s called the Love Run, and it’s all about the City of Brotherly Love (duh), with a course that guides you past some of the most beloved landmarks in the city: the Art Museum, Independence Mall, City Hall and more.
The course starts and ends at Eakins Oval in front of the Art Museum, with the first leg taking you through Center City (via Arch and Market streets) before shooting you out MLK Drive to Fairmount Park. You can run as part of a team—Note: Teams get extras, like a complimentary entry for every 10 signups and a private porta potty just for your group at the finish line (!!)—or individually.
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And here it is, folks: The Rocky 50K Fatass Run is officially on the books, so I guess it’s time to start training. As per an announcement today, the non-competitive, untimed run will take place on December 7th. The course will follow 30.61-mile run Rocky Balboa supposedly completed in Rocky II (as meticulously traced here), starting at (or near) his South Philly home at Wolf Street and South Lambert Street.
Organizer Rebecca Schaefer shares details on the race’s just-launched blog:
When: December 7, 2013 at 7 AM
Where: Map will be finalized soon, but we will start at Wolf St. and S. Lambert St. (near Rocky’s house, but I don’t want to disturb the neighbors).
What: A fatass 50k run. This means no fees, no bibs, no medals, no refreshments, no BS. Rocky didn’t need a medal and provided GUs to run this distance, so we won’t, either! The map will note where to acquire refreshments along the route (there are plenty!). Want to come in your best gray sweatsuit and Chucks? We’ll be counting on it.
Who: Anyone who wants to! The route will be a full 50k and anyone is free to come and go as they please. While completing the whole 50k is in the spirit of the movie and run, if one chooses to participate for only part of the course, that’s possible due to the fatass-nature of the run.
Why: Well, why not? If Rocky “ran” that long, why can’t we? There are so many amazing parts of Philadelphia that aren’t viewed by most of us who live here. We will get to run the streets of neighborhoods north and south, experiencing the city like never before.
Have questions? Comments? They can be left here at the blog or at the Facebook group.
Curious about what’s happening with Jen Carroll’s new Greenwich Village version of Concrete Blonde? Even more curious about the events that transpired which drew her out of the confines of Philly and into the deep waters of the NYC restaurant scene? Well, over on the Philly Post, Richard Rys has some of the answers–which include ex-boyfriends, battles with investors, the loss of a damn-near-perfect Center City location (rhymes with Schmarathon…) and the magic of television.
Here’s a taste:
[Carroll] refuses to nail down a target opening date (“sometime in 2013”), and acknowledges that while her Top Chef cachet kept her afloat this past year, it may work against her in a city where jaded gourmands feast on failed celebuchefs. Her plan to avoid that fate is blunt, as usual: “The food has to be fucking amazing,” she says. “I need to live up to it. If not, it’s my fault.”
You can check out the whole interview right now, over on the Philly Post. Just follow the link below.
Jen Carroll Dishes On Her New York Restaurant [Philly Post]
Courtesy of Rock 'N Roll Marathon
For the first time, the William Way LGBT Community Center will be participating in the Rock ‘N Roll Philadelphia Half Marathon as the official charity of the annual event. Every September, the marathon draws thousands of participants in Philly alone, though the popular run takes place in dozens of other cities both in the United States and abroad. Since 1988, runners have been raising more than $266 million for charity.
On Sept. 16, this year’s marathon sets out from the Benjamin Franklin Parkway at Eakin’s Oval as runners make their way around the city. The marathon’s followed by a free concert headlined by Billboard’s high-ranking Cobra Starship.
It may only be July, but the William Way is currently seeking runners who are interested in joining its inaugural team. Not only is it a way to work those abs, and legs and, well, you get the drift, but it’s a great way to show support for the center’s mission to serve the LGBT community throughout the region.
So sign up, spread the word and find out how you can start collecting pledges by contacting Paul Blore (email@example.com). Even if you can’t participate in the run, you can still support the center by pledging to donate dollars for every kilometer the team runs. Running or not, we can’t think of a better excuse to go shopping for a new pair of kicks.
Click here to find out more about the marathon.
Philadelphia magazine’s Steve Volk looks at the Marathon restaurant chain and its recent troubles.
The Marathon Grill restaurant chain has been serving up as much drama as grilled chicken of late. First its University City location shuttered. Then the company left its 13th and Chestnut store over a not-so-little matter of $186,600 in back rent. And the 10th and Walnut location closed as part of a recent legal settlement with longtime partners Murray and Bernard Spain, who alleged in a lawsuit that co-owner Cary Borish had led the restaurants into a “series of … problems, and … encountered severe financial distress.”
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Things are looking rough for the Marathon empire. Between the lawsuits, closures, property seizures and rumors of worse on the way, the local chain (which has lost half its locations in the past year, two just last week) seems to be heading in a decidedly southerly direction. As of today, there are still operating locations at 16th and Sansom, 19th and Market and 19th and Spruce, but…
…in May of this year, the chain shut down its University City Marathon and MarBar locations at 40th and Walnut, citing lagging business.
…early last week, the Borish family (who own the Marathon operation) settled a lawsuit brought against them by partners Bernard and Murray Spain. As part of that settlement, the 10th and Walnut Marathon location went to Barry Gutin and Larry Cohen, the guys behind Cuba Libre. Word is, they’re going to be opening a new restaurant there and Matt Levin (ex of Adsum) is going to be their chef.
…on December 7, the 13th and Chestnut location got a visit by a Philadelphia police officer and two other men who changed the locks and booted everyone out–in the middle of lunch. Though Marathon is claiming that they chose to close due to “increased occupancy costs,” the landlord says different, claiming that Marathon was evicted due to more than $186,000 in unpaid rent.
So, with things trending in a downward fashion for the once-powerful restaurant group, the next question is obvious: Which Marathon do you think will be be the next to close?
Answers in the comments section, and don’t forget to show your work.
Tuesday we received word that the Marathon at 10th and Walnut was changing hands and Matt Levin would be the chef at the new restaurant. Today we were forwarded this email stating the Marathon on the 1300 block of Chestnut was also closing.
From Marathon Restaurants on behalf of the Marathon family.
Due to increasing rental expenses, Marathon has elected to close its Broad and Chestnut Street location. Marathon has been operating restaurants in this City since 1984 and will continue its commitment to focus on its primary passion of serving locally sourced, quality food at affordable prices to Philadelphians at its other Center City restaurants located at 16th and Sansom Streets, 19th and Spruce Streets, 1818 Market Street and 10th & Walnut.
This will mark the third Marathon to close this year as the University City location was shuttered earlier this year. High rent was also blamed.
Marathon [Official Site]