• Runners, congrats on the big finish yesterday! I hope you feel a massive sense of accomplishment; running 26.2 or 13.1 is no small feat. Now begins the recovery phase of your marathon experience. Check out this detailed, science-backed recovery plan for how get your body back in working order the right way. [McMillan Running]
Okay, so now that you’re ready to spectate the business out of the Philadelphia Marathon on Sunday, I’d like to point you to a group of people who will be doing it up right: the folks from our local Lululemon stores, who’ll be gathered at the intersection of Kelly Drive and Ferry Street in East Falls near the 17-and-22-mile mark. (That part of the course is out and back, remember.) They’re going to have a live DJ spinning tunes, cheer signs galore, noisemakers and other surprises they don’t want to spoil (boo).
The pièce de résistance? As many as 30 fully decked out, glittering, sparkling Mummers. “We don’t mess around,” says Gabriella Totokotsopoulos, assistant store manager at Lululemon King of Prussia.
If you’re running the Philadelphia Marathon this weekend you’ll have no need for our beer calorie counter. But you probably will be looking for brunch and maybe a beer after your 26.2 miles. Be Well Philly has a good list places for beer and maybe brunch, within a half-mile of the Philadelphia Marathon finish line.
Fact: Training for a marathon is hard work. It takes months of rigorous preparation, intense focus, and lots and lots (and lots!) of time spent logging miles. But on Sunday, when the gun goes off for the 20th anniversary Philadelphia Marathon, the runners won’t be the only ones doing the work. Or, at least, they shouldn’t be.
Having run my fair share of races over the past few years, I can tell you without a doubt or reservation that spectators are a ridiculously important ingredient in the magic that is race day. It’s an energy thing, and runners can only generate so much on their own, especially when they’re heading into double-digit milage. So, spectators, simply watching people run past isn’t enough. The runners need you to fully commit to the cause and be a super amazing, spectacularly energetic, awesomely enthusiastic sideline cheerleader.
In case you need crib notes, I’ve asked some runner friends and readers to share how spectators have gotten them hyped on race day, so you can learn a thing or two. Consider this your Complete Guide to Being the Best Marathon Spectator Ever. And on behalf of the 30,000 runners who’ll be slogging away this weekend: Thank you.
Our girl Cecily Tynan, the lovely 6 ABC meteorologist, former Be Well Philly cover model and all-around bad-ass runner, just released her Philadelphia Marathon weather forecast. Let me tell you: It looks waaaaay better than the sheets of rain my Accuweather app was predicting two days ago. Here’s what Cecily is forecasting, along with her recommendations for what to wear, as per a Facebook post last night.
Alright, Philly Marathoners, how are you feeling? We’re just five days (!!) out from the big race. If you’re feeling some pre-race jitters, don’t worry—that’s normal. But if you’ve got questions—say, about injury prevention, nutrition, hydration or post-race stretching—I’ve got an idea for you. Log on to the Rothman Institute’s free web chat tonight with Steven B. Cohen, a top sports medicine surgeon and expert who’s going to share his know-how with runners participating in this weekend’s races (Rothman’s got a sold-out 8K on Saturday!) or ones training for races down the pike.
• I know, marathoners—that headline seems like an abomination. But hear me out: While most American runners gearing up for a marathon usually top out at the 20-mile mark, as far as training goes, some experts say you may not need to clock training runs that are nearly as far. In fact, you may be able to get away with maxing out at just 14 miles, in some cases. Don’t believe me? Click through to find out why. [Competitor]