Lululemon and November Project Join Forces for Free Run and Happy Hour Series

If you’ve had trouble sticking to your runs as the temperatures drop, Lululemon and the November Project Philadelphia are here to help keep you from turning into a complete lazy bum this December: They’ve teamed up for a free three-week running series, kicking off this week. And if a free group run isn’t enough incentive to get you to leave your heated living room for the brisk outdoors, note that each run ends at a local bar for happy hour. Yes, please!

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Bookmark These: Running and Hiking Routes to See Fairmount Park’s Historic Mansions on Foot

Mount Pleasant Mansion | Photo by R. Kennedy for Visit Philadelphia

Mount Pleasant Mansion | Photo by R. Kennedy for Visit Philadelphia

This past weekend, the Fairmount Park Conservancy hosted their third annual Jingle Jog, which takes runners on either a five-mile or 8.2-mile route through Fairmount Park to see the park’s historic mansions all decked out for the holidays. If you missed it because too many Friday happy hour margaritas (hey, it happens), not to fear: The folks at the Fairmount Park Conservancy posted the two routes from the Jingle Jog, which you can tackle running or hiking, on their blog today.

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The Checkup: The Brilliant Way to Eat an Underripe Avocado

• Sure, you could be a patient human who does things like waits for their avocados to be perfectly ripe before digging in and never reads spoilers before watching the episodes of The Walking Dead. Or you could be, well, the other type of person — the kind who wants an avocado now, even if it’s not ripe yet. And thanks to the brilliant trick Chef Carolina Santos-Neves shared for using unripe avocados to make avocado carpaccio (say whaaat?), you can have your avocado and be impatient too. [MindBodyGreen]

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Gift Guide: 15 Awesome Gifts for Philly Runners (As Chosen By Philly Runners)

Fact: Buying gifts is hard. You’re not a mindreader, after all. And there is nothing — NOTHING — worse than a total gift fail (see: that very awkward year my aunt bought my mom a scale for Christmas). So to help you all out, at least when it comes to the runners in your life, we got into the minds of some of our favorite Philly runners, asking them what they have on their holiday wish lists this season. Take note of their wish lists — which feature everything from water bottles to windbreakers — below. Then get to shopping for the runner in your life!

Psst: We’ve got your gift-buying questions covered in the healthy foodie and yogi departments, too!

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10 Coolest Philly Fitness and Foodie Events This Month: December 2016

Photo by J. Fusco for Visit Philadelphia

The South Philly Holiday Lights Run is just one of the festive fitness events going down this month. | Photo by J. Fusco for Visit Philadelphia

’Tis the season for holiday EVERYTHING, folks — including holiday-themed fitness. So naturally, many of this month’s top picks for fitness and foodie events encourage ugly Christmas sweaters and reindeer antlers as gear. Take your pick!

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The (Free!) Rocky 50K Run Is This Weekend — Here’s Everything You Need to Know

The Rocky 50K Run 2015 | Photo via Facebook

The Rocky 50K Run | Photo via Facebook

You’ve probably seen ‘em before: Runners decked out like Rocky Balboa in grey sweatsuits and red headbands, running through Philly’s streets in the (often freezing) December weather. Despite appearances, these people are not insane. (Well, probably not at least.) They’re just runners participating in the Rocky 50K Fat Ass Run, a free organized run put on by local runner Rebecca Barber each year, that takes ambitious pavement pounders along the route Rocky ran in Rocky II — yep, all 31-ish miles of it! — mapped out by Philly Mag’s own Dan McQuade.

This year’s Rocky 50K is going down this Saturday, so go ahead and order a grey sweatsuit on Amazon. And before you head to the run come Saturday morning, make sure to read Barber’s answers to the most frequently asked questions about the run (like, “Do I have to run the WHOLE 31 miles?” Answer: no) below. Good luck, Rocky runners!

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Meet Rinchen, This Week’s Adoptable Running Dog

rinchen lead
This week’s adoptable running dog is a fluffy Lion-lookalike by the name of Rinchen. As I’m sure you can see, he’s adorable — and his foster parents, both distance runners, say he’s turning into quite the good running buddy. Learn more about him below.

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