I’m not entirely sure how this question popped into my head, but a few weeks back, I began wondering: Where are the singles running groups in Philly? It would seem to me that a running group — where you meet up with other people who are also into running miles upon miles at a time, often in freezing cold weather or rain, for no other reason besides they enjoy it (a hobby some would find all kinds of strange) — would be a great place to meet like-minded humans worthy of a date or two. ALL while getting a run in! Talk about killing two birds with one stone and a win-win situation and all that jazz, right? Read more »
• Confession: I ate approximately 1,879 biscuits this weekend. I know, it was crazy. But I was just trying to free up some room in my fridge, crowded with Thanksgiving leftovers, for vegetables! If you, like me, ate way too many Thanksgiving leftovers this past weekend, take note: Seven foods to reach for when you’re feeling bloated, like potassium-packed bananas and antioxidant-packed ginger. [Greatist] Read more »
I’ve always wanted to accomplish something on the scale of a Greek hero. Problem is, I don’t exactly have the body, skill set, or mental toughness of a Greek hero.
My twin brother does possess those qualifications. And there’s always been this contrast between us: In Little League, he batted second, and I batted 13th — on our dad’s team. In high school, he competed in varsity basketball; I competed in varsity Model United Nations.
But he’s always been generous with his physical gifts. I often think that when we were sperm, there’s no way I possibly could have come anywhere near matching his speed to the ovary. He must’ve communicated something like, “Look. Just latch on to one of my buff flagella and let me take us both to victory.”
When we turned 31 last June, I knew that my time to achieve something great with this uncoordinated body of mine was running out. Suddenly, I had a crazy thought. “I’m going to run the Philadelphia Marathon,” I decided. “All I have to do is keep going for 26 miles, and I’ll finally have my moment.” Read more »
‘Tis the season for twinkling lights, hot cocoa, festive sweaters — and runs, workouts, fitness classes and healthy cooking workshops that combine all three. Here, a very holiday-heavy fitness-and-foodie calendar for your December planning purpose. Plus, you know, the Rocky 50K because, duh, it’s the Rocky 50K. Read more »
This week’s adoptable running dog Jake, currently waiting for his forever home at PAWS, is an energetic Lab-Terrier puppy who is just too freakin’ cute for words. So, I’ll let the pictures below do the talking. Read more »
Black Friday sales are fine and all, if you’re into camping out in the freezing cold in front of a Target and elbowing your way to the electronics section for a larger-than-life TV for half off. But what if your Black Friday spending could do more for someone else? What if you found a way to score yourself a few deals while helping out someone who really needs it at the same time? Read more »
If you ran the Philadelphia Marathon this past weekend, then you are familiar with the dreaded hill that takes you from Martin Luther King Drive to the Please Touch Museum in Fairmount Park. As Carl Ewald, the executive director of the ODDyssey Half Marathon, tells us, “Every Philly runner knows it.” And, as he points out, they mostly describe it using curse words that can’t be printed here. But as he says, “We want the running community to take ownership and pride in it instead of swearing at it.” So the ODDyssey Half Marathon, in which runners also work their way up the hill, is putting on a contest to name it. And there are perfect-for-running prizes involved! Read more »
Jaw Dropper: Here’s How Many Pounds of Discarded Clothing Were Collected at the Philadelphia Marathon
Local charity Clothes-pin was out in full force on Sunday morning, picking up the discarded clothing of some 30,000 Philadelphia Marathon runners. As we’ve written about in detail before, the group’s volunteers sweep the streets after participants leave the starting area, collect the discarded outerwear and donate it to charity.
I checked in with Clothes-pin director Michael Resnic to find out what the haul was this year. One word: impressive. Here’s the breakdown: Read more »
The greatest thing about polishing off a tough race, like this week’s Philadelphia Marathon, is taking a much-needed break from running afterward. But how many times does a week of no running turn into two, and then three months later you realize your trusty running shoes haven’t seen the light of day since the finish-line photo op?
As temperatures nosedive, the slippery slope of a cold-weather running hiatus gets even steeper. “Don’t take more than a two-week break,” says Grad Hospital-based running coach and Be Well Philly contributor Cory Smith. “More than that, and you’ll regress back to where you started.”
It’s time to take preventative measures. Smith shares his tricks for sticking with your running routine and actually (gasp!) enjoying cold-weather training. Read more »
Steve Bender is not crazy. Well, maybe he’s a little crazy, but it’s the kind of crazy you can’t help but admire and hope rubs off on you just a little bit. He’s the guy who ran the Philadelphia Marathon yesterday in 50 pounds of fireman’s gear — helmet and air tank included. Read more »