iRunTheHill: New Facebook Group for Chestnut Hill Runners and Cyclists

Photo via iRunTheHill

Photo via iRunTheHill

We have to admit, you guys, that it tickles us pink every time we hear about a new way you all are connecting with one another to make Philly a healthier, happier place to live. First there was the Run215 Facebook group to provide Philly runners with a central hub for all things, well, Philly running. Now some folks out in Chestnut Hill are doing the same thing with a new Facebook group called iRuntheHill.

Founded by Indigo Schuy owner Schuyler Nunn and local runner/triathlete Amy Martine-Carolla, the group is free and open to join, and serves up content for anyone who loves to walk, run or bike in and around Chestnut Hill and Lafayette Hill.

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The Master Guide to the Philadelphia Marathon

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Photo via Facebook

If you’ve been following the blog this week, you’ve noticed that we devoted a lot of time to the Philadelphia Marathon. Why? Because this race is awesome, that’s why. And we know a lot of you will be running it this weekend, so we want you to be as prepared as possible.

To save you from having to scroll (and scroll and scroll) through the blog feed, I figured it’d be handy to compile all our coverage and tips in one easy place. Check out our posts below, and check back as we add more to this list today.

Good luck on Sunday! You’re going to crush it.

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Your Weekend Workout Playlist: Philadelphia Marathon Edition

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This week’s workout playlist, like much of our content this week, is all about the Philadelphia Marathon. As we all know, race playlists are seriously important stuff. A bad playlist can be the difference between hitting the PR you’ve been working toward and, well, not. So, to give you guys the best marathon playlist possible, we recruited a Philly runner who really knows his stuff: Jon Lyons of Run215, who will be running alongside you come Sunday. And boy, did he deliver.

Jon, with the help of some of his Run215 pals, put together the ultimate Philadephia Marathon playlist with a whopping six hours worth of music (SIX! HOURS!) to keep you moving toward the finish line. Let’s all scream a collective, “Thank you, Jon!” Check out the playlist below.

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5 Fit Things to Do in Philly This Weekend: Free Beginner’s Yoga, Marathon Madness, Rowing on the Schuylkill and More

Photo by M. Fischetti for VISIT PHILADELPHIA

Photo by M. Fischetti for VISIT PHILADELPHIA

1. Free Yoga for Beginners
When: Saturday, November 22nd from 2:15 to 4:30 p.m.
Where: Studio 34, 4522 Baltimore Avenue, West Philly.

Teacher trainees will lead this nearly two-hour class at Studio 34. The class will be slower-paced and demo-heavy, with hands-on assistance if you want it. It’s geared toward beginner yogis.

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The Insider’s Guide to Crushing the Philadelphia Marathon

Photo courtesy GORE-TEX Philadelphia Marathon

Photo courtesy GORE-TEX Philadelphia Marathon

Shooting for a PR on Sunday? “You can do it,” says local running coach ­Marcy Gialdo, a two-time Philly Marathoner. “You just have to know the ins and outs.” Gialdo spills her tried-and-true know-how for the Philly Marathon, from the best and worst parts of the course to where to find the Porta-Potties with the shortest lines (crucial!). Runners, consider this your official playbook.

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Philadelphia Marathon 2014 Spectator’s Guide: Everything You Need to Know

Photo by M. Edlow for VISIT PHILADELPHIA

Photo by M. Edlow for VISIT PHILADELPHIA

The Philadelphia Marathon, held on November 23rd this year, will fetch nearly 30,000 runners, 60,000 spectators and thousands of volunteers. So, yes, it will be a busy, crowd-filled day. If you’re planning on watching, clapping and cheering your brains out, here’s an at-a-glance look at what you need to know.

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Where to Grab a Beer (and Brunch!) After the Philadelphia Marathon

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Fact: There’s no reward for 26.2—or 13.1, for that matter—quite like an ice-cold beer. Marathon runners often swear off the stuff for weeks or months leading up to the event. It dehydrates. It slows recovery. But, gosh, does it taste good.

So if you’re jonesing for a brew after you cross the finish line on Sunday, here’s a list of watering holes (most serve brunch, too!), all of which are no more than a half-mile from the finish line. You earned it.

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Your Weekend Workout Playlist: Get Pumped with Tunes from Unite Fitness

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You all seemed to enjoy last week’s mix by Body Cycle Studio’s Shoshana Katz so much that we decided to farm the job out again to another mixtape master. This week’s playlist is brought to you by Juliet Burgh, coach and nutrition director at Unite Fitness, a Philly-based training studio known for its tough 75-minute workouts and—wait for it—killer playlists.

Juliet picked tracks this week that’ll keep you sweating for up to two full hours. That’s one epic run, walk in the Wissahickon, or killer gym session. Get your streaming on below.

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PHOTOS: Be Well Philly Underground Glow-in-the-Dark Run with Yards and Run215

Photograph by Susan Nam

Photograph by Susan Nam

I have to admit that I started to freak out juuuust a little yesterday as the clouds started rolling in. I began obsessively checking the hour-by-hour forecast, my spirits sinking as the chance for rain beginning during the evening commute increased steadily as the day rolled on. And then around 5:30, as I was leaving the office for our monthly Be Well Philly Underground gathering, the rain started to fall—lightly, but still, very, very steadily.

I said to Be Well Philly assistant editor Adjua Fisher, “Welp, it might just be me and you tonight.”

See, despite our best intentions and planning—organizing with the fab folks at Yards Brewing Company, roping in my pals at Run215—the one thing you cannot control in event planning is the weather. And, boy, did it turn on us last night.

So imagine my joy when, just after 6 p.m., runners started gathering at Franklin Square for our Glow-in-the-Dark Bridge and Beer Run. A few at first, then more and more as our departure time of 6:30 got closer. Then it occurred to me: Philly runners are just awesome people. You give ‘em a time, you give ‘em a place, and they show up, even if it’s rainy and windy and positively freezing outside. By go time, nearly 60 runners had gathered for our big event.

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