The Training Plan to Take You From Broad Street to a Half Marathon

If after you tackled the 10 miles of the Broad Street Run this weekend, you thought to yourself, “NOW it’s time to tackle a half marathon!” the folks from ODDyssey Half Marathon, coming up June 12th, are here to help. (Sidenote: Go you for not simply thinking “Time to tackle the most epic of ALL epic Netflix marathons,” like I would’ve.) They’ve teamed up with local running coach John Goldthorp of Fix Your Run to put together a post-Broad Street training plan that will get you ready for a half marathon just in time for ODDyssey. And you’d better lace up your running shoes, because it starts today. (Hey, you’ve run in the rain before.)
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WATCH: 100-Year-Old Woman Sets 100m Dash Record in Philly

Ida Keeling (age 100) runs in the mixed masters age 80 and over 100m during the 122nd Penn Relays at Franklin Field on April 30, 2016.

Ida Keeling (age 100) runs in the mixed masters age 80 and over 100m during the 122nd Penn Relays at Franklin Field on April 30, 2016.

There are many great events at the Penn Relays, but one of the most fun is the mixed masters 100-meter dash. On Saturday, the 80-and-up division featured three runners who broke 20 seconds.

But it was the runner in last place who got the most applause over the weekend. Ida Keeling, 100 years old, set a new world record for women over 100 years old by finishing her 100 meters in 1:17.33. Video after the jump »

10 Awesome Photos from the Broad Street Run — Including a Mid-Race Marriage Proposal!

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Yesterday was one of those days where the last thing anyone wants to do is leave their house, let alone put on their running shoes and pound the pavement for 10 freakin’ miles. But tens of thousands of badass runners did just that, running through rain, rain and more rain to tackle the Broad Street Run. With all the trash-bags-turned-raincoats, it was quite the sight to be seen, and like one of the spectator signs below says, everyone who ran is a straight-up superhero.

Below, 10 of our favorite Instagram photos from the very wet race — including a photo of a mid-race marriage proposal with City Hall as the backdrop. (Congrats, guys!) Read more »

Everything You Need to Know About the Philly 10K 2016

The Philly 10K 2016 | Photo by Matt Stanley

The Philly 10K 2015 | Photo by Matt Stanley

You’ve survived a verrrry rainy Broad Street Run — congrats! Now it’s time to start talking about your summer race calendar, specifically the race you should have penciled in for Sunday, August 28th: The Philly 10K, of course! Last week, we chatted with race organizer Skip Stiles to get all the juicy details about this year’s race, which — as always — gives runners the awesome and unique experience of racing through 6.2 miles of  Philly’s neighborhoods, ending with a sweet post-race festival that takes over neighborhood streets. Psst: that post-race festival includes free frozen custard (a drool-worthy Coffee and Donuts collaboration between Shake Shack and Federal Donuts) and Philadelphia Brewing Company beer, created specifically for the race for all. Yes, please!

Below, everything you need to know about this year’s race, plus when to set your alarm for registration. Read up, friends! Read more »

Meet Duke, This Week’s Adoptable Running Dog

Duke | Photo by Anastasia M.

Duke | Photo by Anastasia M.

This week’s adoptable running dog Duke is an energetic two-year-old who can’t wait to get sprung from ACCT. He’s a great runner partner no matter your pace, and he has a hilarious dog eyebrow that would make him an unparalleled selfie partner. Learn more about him below.
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10 Coolest Fitness and Foodie Events in Philly: May 2016 

Reach & Raise | Photo via Facebook

Reach & Raise | Photo via Facebook

Get ready to get really busy, people: This month is filled with awesome fitness and foodie events, from a giant outdoor yoga session — with 2,000 yogis! — at Citizens Bank Park to an intimate yoga-and-dinner session with the Yogi’s Table to an International Beer Run, and more. See? We told you you were about to get busy.

And before you scream at us for leaving the Broad Street Run off this list, know: The Broad Street Run is always at the top of our list for May, but we feel like we’ve talked about it enough for one year. Now go ahead and read up, then mark your calendars. Read more »

Cecily Tynan’s Official Broad Street Run Forecast

Broad Street Run | Photo by M. Edlow for VISIT PHILADELPHIA™

Broad Street Run | Photo by M. Edlow for VISIT PHILADELPHIA™

If you were looking forward to near-perfect weather for the Broad Street Run again this year, it looks like you should lower your expectations. As 6ABC meteorologist and avid runner Cecily Tynan tells us, “The latest information shows a cold, soaking rain on Sunday morning with temperatures starting in the upper 40s and not climbing far into the 50s during the race.” She suggests you show up to your corral decked out in a trash bag. Really.

But before you start tearing up at the thought of spending your morning running through the rain, look on the bright side: At least you won’t feel like you’re an egg being fried for brunch as you pound your way down Broad Street. As Tynan says, “High temperatures and sizzling sunshine can turn the nation’s largest 10-mile race into a virtual death march.” Read more »

What to Eat (and What to Avoid) Before and After the Broad Street Run 

Photo by Jeff Fusco

Photo by Jeff Fusco

After months and months of grueling training for the Broad Street Run, ruining race day by eating foods that set you up for physical discomfort would be the absolute worst, right? So, to make sure you don’t do that, we chatted with registered dietitian Angie Asche of Eleat Sports Nutrition to get the scoop on what your plate should look like before Broad Street — including the night before the race and race-day morning — along with what types of foods to avoid. Because, real talk: The last way you want to spend race day is holed up in a porta potty.
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CHOP Launching Virtual Running Challenge for May

Looks like virtual running challenges are really starting to trend and the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia is the latest to get in on the action: This May, they’re launching their annual Daisy Days campaign, a month-long fundraising campaign they’ve been putting on for the past 60 years, with a month-long virtual running fundraiser called the Daisy Days 31-Day Challenge. The idea is, you log miles throughout to month of May to help raise money for CHOP’s Cancer Center. (And probably earn some good karma in the process, too.)  Read more »

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