Grab your four-legged running buddy and get ready to race, you guys: This Saturday, October 25th, the first-ever Bark in the Park 5K race —complete with a pre-race yoga class, post-race massages, food trucks and a puppy kissing booth—will take over Media’s Rose Tree Park, and you and your pup are invited.
Remember the year 2004? Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston were still together, Britney Spears had yet to go insane and Destiny’s Child was still making music. Oh, how things change. In celebration of #FlashbackFriday, we’ve found all of our favorite hits from those golden years—from Britney, to No Doubt to Kevin Lyttle (remember him?!), these beats are sure to get you moving, and reminiscing. Happy sweating, people!
A toast to those whose motivation to run hinges on a calories-be-damned end reward. These six races are right up your alley. Mark ‘em on your calendar.
Run the Vineyards
There are distances for every runner—from 5Ks to 10Ks to an obstacle-course run—and wine for all at these races through local PA and Jersey vineyards. Multiple dates and locations.
I’ve got something big to confess, you guys: I hate running. Like, I really hate it. I hate running the way you might hate someone who whistles Rent show tunes for an entire Megabus ride—there is a lot of hate there. Or, at least, there was.
As of last month, I am officially a running convert.
To give you a little background: I ran track from sixth through 12th grade, and was a team captain for the last two years before I very unceremoniously quit in a short and not-so-gracious email five minutes before a Saturday morning practice during my senior year. Because I just hated running So. Freakin’. Much. (And because I was a super-bratty teenager. But hey, that’s beside the point.) And the day I quit track, I quit running. Forever.
But don’t get me wrong, I love working out: I’m all for a good boot camp or hot yoga class, and I’d rather trek five miles across town than hop on the subway. It’s just, distance running has always seemed so…boring. Then, about a month ago, Be Well editor, Emily, convinced me to go on my very first run since, well, high school, and I actually kind of enjoyed myself. Emphasis on the “kind of.” But then I went on another run, and another, and, eventually, I started to actually enjoy myself. And soon it became official: I like running.
I know, I’m shocked, too.
And since I started running, I’ve noticed a few things about the practice that I never would’ve picked up on had I just continued hating on it from the sidelines. So here, five surprising things I’ve learned about running since I started pounding the pavement myself.
Calling all Flyers fans! The Flyers Halloween 5K is quickly approaching—the big day is Saturday, October 25th—and if you haven’t registered yet, you’d better hop to it: the deadline for registration is one week from today, on October 21st.
If you live here and love to get sweaty, consider this checklist your official game plan: 25-only-in-Philly things you must do, see and experience at least once in your life.
If running and drinking wine are at the top of the list when it comes to your favorite pastimes, you are not going to want to miss this race. The fourth annual Run the Vineyards 5 Miler, which takes runners through the gorgeous and oh-so-green Heritage Vineyards in Mullica Hill, New Jersey, is happening April 26th. And I know, it’s October and April seems like it’s ages away, but registration for the race opens today and we’re betting it’s going to fill up fast. Because who doesn’t love wine?
This week’s running dog is ready to play, y’all. Her name is Sadie, she’s currently at the Philadelphia Animal Welfare Society, and she would absolutely love for you to take her home (hint, hint). Read all about this happy, playful pup below.
Way back in the day, when I first created my Facebook profile, my music preferences read, and I quote, “Everything except for country music. Country music is the WORST.” So imagine my surprise when, during a drive from D.C. to Philly, I stumbled onto a country music radio station and stayed on it for the rest of the trip. The stories in the songs—covering everything from bouts with cancer to divorce to drinking—were just so captivating. By the end of the drive, I was belting out Tim McGraw lyrics like a pro, and from that day forward, I’ve been a true-blue country music fan. So, when Emily suggested we do a country-themed workout playlist, I squealed with joy.
The one thing you have to remember about country music is that, yes, it is cheesy and dramatic and oh-so-over-the-top—but that’s what makes it amazing. Now, here, just about two-hours worth of country music to sweat to this weekend. You’ll be too wrapped up in the drama playing out in your earbuds to even notice how beat you are during your weekend long run.