Kevin Hart Dares to Say the Gross Thought We All Have Before a Run

Photo credit: Jeff Minton for Runner’s World

If there’s one thing that can stress out even the most endorphin-high runner, it’s pooping: whether they can go before they run; if the answer, no matter how hard they try, is no, then where they will go on their run (after all, no one wants to be the jogger who won’t stop pooping in their neighbor’s yard); and, if they’re donning a race bib that day, how much stopping will affect their race time.

The struggle is real. And Philly’s own Kevin Hart, who’s on the November cover of Runner’s World, confirms that fact.

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Philly Marathon Training: How to Tell If You’re Eating Enough Carbs

I’m going to state the obvious here, but running a marathon and half marathon are very different than running a 5K or 10K. I’m not talking about the difference in distance — I’m talking about the difference in nutrition needs. For the most part, nutrition isn’t a limiting factor to performance for the 5K and 10K, but once you get over two-hour mark in racing, nutrition plays a vital role in how well you perform.

As a runner, if you want to perform at your best, you need to start thinking about the food you eat as sources of nutrients: carbohydrates, proteins, fats, vitamins. Each of these nutrients plays a crucial role that either supports or inhibits energy production, recovery and health.

I’ll be focusing mainly on carbohydrates because they are by far the most important nutrient for marathoners. Carbs are your body’s main source of energy: They aid in fat metabolism (a.k.a. using fat as a fuel source), and they prevent protein from being used as energy. A diet low in carbohydrates will certainly prohibit performance.

Carbs figure into the two essential parts of marathon nutrition: daily nutrition and long-run nutrition. Let’s break them down below.

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The Workout Playlist to Make Your Next Long Run Feel Less, Well, Long

We’re in the thick of marathon training season, and if there’s one thing that can get you through those tough “WHY am I doing this? SOMEONE REMIND ME!!” moments of your long runs, it’s a good playlist. So, we made you a playlist to fall back on if one of those moments hit (but don’t worry – it can extend to your HIIT sesh, too).

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This Jersey Shore Race Just Got a Makeover (With Help From the Philly 10K Organizers!)

Photo by Matt Stanley

Big changes are coming to the Novo Nordisk New Jersey Marathon and Half Marathon, guys: As Ryan Callahan (you probably know him as the race director for the Philly 10K) tells us, he was brought on to help re-brand the decades-old race. And yes, that does mean that there will now be beer waiting for you at the finish line.

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Security Cameras Coming to the Schuylkill River Trail

Schuylkill Banks Boardwalk | Photo by Jennifer McDonell

In case you missed Victor Fiorillo’s just-posted piece about a runner being surrounded and groped by teens on the Schuylkill River Trail, it’s worth a read. The incident occurred yesterday around 5:45 p.m., and in news that will make you roll your eyes at humanity, she says that even at that high-traffic time for the trail, no one stopped to help her. You can read the full post here, but we wanted to highlight a tidbit of information nestled within it: It looks like the Schuylkill River Trail is getting security cameras. Say it with us: Hallelujah!

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Do This: $10 Workouts With CHARGE (for a Good Cause!)

Charge Performance and Wellness | Photo courtesy Charles Scogna

Let’s take advantage of this unseasonably warm weather while we can, people! To help us get moving, Bella Vista’s CHARGE Performance and Wellness is hosting a series of $10 (!!) workouts this month, dubbed Charge Your Community, benefitting Back on My Feet Philadelphia, a local non-profit that uses running as a tool to bring people out of homelessness. So, you’ll be getting fit for a good cause — doesn’t get much better than that, right?

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Meet Villanova, This Week’s Adoptable Running Dog

Villanova | Photo courtesy the Monster Milers

This week’s adoptable running dog has had it rough: She was found underweight in an abandoned apartment. But she doesn’t let it get her down — despite some recent downtrodden times, she’s sweet as can be. Case in point: She carries her favorite stuffed toys with her everywhere — even on runs! Learn more about her below.

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Hey, Runners: This Philly Pizza Mile Run Is What You’ve Been Training For

Photo credit: Kyle Cassidy

May I have your attention, please: A very important running event is on the books for next month in West Philly. Remember last year, we told you guys about a (maybe crazy) group of runners who were putting on a pizza mile  — like a beer mile, but with pizza — to benefit one of the West Philly Runners’ main hangout spots, Pasqually’s Pasta and Pizza, after a burglary? Well, they’re making the run an annual affair, and you won’t want to miss the (potentially puke-filled) fun.

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Philadelphia Marathon Training: How to Deal with Race Training Setbacks

When you’re training for a race, setbacks are bound to happen. Obstacles like injury, sickness, travel, work or family responsibilities will disrupt your training. While this can be extremely frustrating, more often than not, these setbacks are completely unavoidable. Some setbacks may last a day or two, while others may derail your training for weeks. I usually tell my clients that if you can complete at least 90 percent of the training in a 16-week plan, that’s good.

It would be nice if we all could drop our other responsibilities to focus solely on training for the Philadelphia Marathon, but odds are that’s not possible. So with just under seven weeks until race day, if you find yourself behind on training, here are some tips to help get you back on track — or, at the least, help to deal with a setback.

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Philadelphia Marathon Training: What to Do Now to Nail Race-Day Fueling

Odds are, if someone were to ask you how your marathon training was going, the conversation would most likely revolve around weekly mileage, tempo runs, long runs and perhaps cross-training strength routines. While these aspects of training for a marathon are no doubt most important, there’s another part of marathon training that often gets underemphasized, something renowned sports nutrition scientist Asker Jeukendrup refers to as training the gut. At its most basic level, training the gut means training your stomach to withstand the energy demands needed to complete a marathon free of GI issues and without running out of fuel.

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