This Fitness Studio Is Giving Free Classes to Runners Who Bring in Spring Race Bibs

This is a big race weekend, with the Love Run and the Back on My Feet 5-Miler both going down. And if you’re running either of those races, you’re going to want to hold onto your bib! Mount Airy’s Y2B Fit is offering a free drop-in class to runners who bring their bibs from certain spring races with them to the studio. Yasssss.

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Are You Faster Than SEPTA?

Or you could just pay the $2.25. (Clean Air Council)

Or you could just pay the $2.25. (Clean Air Council)

Anybody who’s sat on a bus in traffic — or watched those creeping dots on the SEPTA app — has surely wondered if they’d have been better off just hoofing it.

But would you? You might have the advantage over a short distance, just by virtue of being smaller and more agile and not having to carry people. But buses have motors and don’t get tired, so the longer the race, the bigger the advantage for the machines, right?

This Wednesday, the Clean Air Council invites you to put it to the test at their annual Race the Bus race against the 21 bus. It’s a 3.1 mile race east through the city during rush hour. Starts at 40th and Chestnut. Ends with a happy hour at Plough & The Stars. Read more »

Meet Skunk, This Week’s Adoptable Running Dog

Skunk | Photo courtesy Monster Milers

Skunk | Photo courtesy Monster Milers

Say hello to Skunk, this week’s adoptable running dog, who gets his name from his colors not his scent. This young guys is super friendly with dogs and humans alike, and the Monster Milers think — with a little attention — he’d make for a great trail buddy. Learn more about him below.

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Broad Street Run Training: Do You Really Need to Cross Train?

For most of us, our time available to train for a race is limited by work, family and life’s more pressing issues. This can lead to either-or situations: “Should I run Friday or go to a cross-training spin class?”

You may recall a Broad Street Run training post from last year called “Why You Shouldn’t Skip Your Cross-Training Days.” In this post, I outlined four different types of cross-training activities: cardiovascular exercises, strength, flexibility (or what I call mobility) and drills. I included what they were, why you should do them and how to incorporate them. While I still recommend everyone should be cross training, not everyone should spend the same amount of time and focus on cross training. How much and what type of cross training you should be doing varies greatly depending on your experience level and goals.

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Find Your Tribe: The Ultimate Guide to Running Groups in Philly

Let’s be honest: Running is much easier when you have someone to chat with to take your mind off of the fact that your legs might start a protest and stop moving on you any second. And I won’t even bring up the various foot issues or occasional chafing — you runners know exactly what I’m talking about. As it turns out, running groups are a means of both distraction and encouragement.

If you’re looking for both of those things this spring training season, peruse this list and you’re bound to stumble upon a running group that’s the right fit for you. We’ve got all the bases covered, from trail-running groups to training groups to beer-running groups, with meet-up locations all over Philly and in the ‘burbs. So take your pick and get movin’!  Read more »

Meet George, This Week’s Insanely Cute Adoptable Running Puppy 

George | Photo courtesy the Monster Milers

George | Photo courtesy the Monster Milers

I’m not going to lie: Every week, the minute I get the email from our friends at the Monster Milers containing the photos and info on our weekly adoptable running dog feature, I selfishly want to run to wherever the dog of the day is and take them home with me, forgoing this blog post entirely. I don’t do this because, if I did, I would be living in a house with enough dogs to start a small dog army and no boyfriend. Because he surely would’ve left me. This urge to run to the shelter and nab the pup was reaaaaalllly strong — perhaps the strongest it’s ever been — today when I saw George. I mean … would you LOOK at this little guy? So please, save me from myself, and you go scoop him up from PAWS. But first, learn more about him below.

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Great American Brewery Runs Is Putting on Their First-Ever Runners’ Beer Expo

If you are 100 percent sure that your favorite way to end a run is with a nice, cold beer, but aren’t sure what your favorite post-run beer actually is, the folks from Great American Brewery Runs (they’re the guys behind races like the the 5,000 Yards Dash) want to help you find it: They’re putting on their first-ever Runners’ Beer Expo this April.

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The Checkup: Why This Might Be the Ideal Number of Times to Have Sex Each Week 

• A new study shows that Americans are having less sex than we used to, which begs the question: Um, how much sex should we be trying to have? Well, according to research, when it comes to couples, the optimal number of times to have sex every week, when it comes to reaping the wellbeing benefits, seems to be once. (Don’t worry, though: More is perfectly fine, too — the wellbeing benefits just level off.) [TIME]

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Broad Street Run Training: Follow These 2 Simple Rules to Become a Better Runner

At face value, running seems like a very simple sport. All you need is a pair of shoes and the will to exhaust yourself and that’s it: You’re a runner. At the beginning, getting better is pretty simple, right? Just keep running. For the most part, the more you run, the better you’ll become.

However, at some point, the novelty of being a beginner wears off and you may find yourself struggling to improve. Then you’ll probably spend hours upon hours searching the Internet for anything running related in hopes of finding the secret to becoming a better runner. But the Internet is a deep black hole full of running knowledge and fads, some good, and some bad. So let me save you the trouble: I’m sorry to say, there is no one secret to running.

There is no one magic workout, no one training plan that’s best, no one form fix that will suddenly make you faster. Instead, the secret to running lies in a few golden rules that all good coaches and smart athletes follow. Elite runners live and train by these rules. These aren’t fads, but time-tested guidelines proven to produce results.  Read more »

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