This Drone Footage of the Rail Park Will Fuel Your City-Running Daydreams

I can’t resist going to the High Line every time I visit New York. And every single time, I am reminded that, while it’s a lovely idea in theory, in reality, it’s a bad idea: It’s kind of like going to Reading Terminal at lunchtime. It’s packed with people, both city dwellers and tourists, all moving at a glacial pace in a confined space. Not pleasant.

I’m hoping that Philly’s Rail Park, a three-mile elevated park currently under construction for its first phase — a short and sweet .25-mile stretch starting in Callowhill — will be … different. And given that we aren’t New York, I’m sure it will be. As the website for the park, the first phase of which is expected to open in early 2018, states, “The Rail Park is a vision for a greenway that will serve pedestrians, bicyclists, neighbors and visitors alike.” So, unlike the High Line, they’re anticipating people embracing the elevated park with modes of transportation beyond just moseying along.

Personally, what I’m most excited about when it comes to the Rail Park is the green escape it will give city runners. Because those grey sidewalks can get old real quick. Earlier this week, the folks over at Curbed Philly pointed out drone footage from Philly by Drone, shot on August 1st — set to some very soothing Anthony Hamilton music — of the currently under construction Rail Park, and let me tell you: It is two minutes and 32 seconds chock full of the stuff city running and cycling daydreams are made of. So watch it below, then imagine yourself plodding or pedaling along the elevated parks eventual paths. (We won’t tell your boss if you escape reality for a few minutes.)

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The Most Common (and Annoying) Running Injuries, According to a Philly Trainer

If you love running, you know it can be a great way to burn calories, release feel-good endorphins, and get rid of some stress. There are few modes of exercise that truly allow you to zone out and let your mind wander like running does. Unfortunately, running can also come with nagging injuries that can keep you sidelined and unable to perform your normal workouts and activities. There are several measures runners can take to prevent injury, however, no one is immune to injury when it comes to running. Let’s look at the most common (and annoying) running injuries and how to prevent or remedy them.

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The Epic Reason Philly Runners Will Be Gathering at City Hall This Saturday

It’s a big weekend for Philly runners, folks! There’s the Philly Mayor’s Cup going down throughout the day on Saturday, and then on Saturday afternoon, 15 ladies from Run 4 All Women’s Pennsylvania chapter will be embarking on their epic 115-mile run from Philly’s City Hall all the way to freakin’ Harrisburg. Yep: Harrisburg. Below, how you can join them. (Don’t worry: You don’t have to run the entire thing — the first leg is only four miles.)

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The Checkup: How Much Protein Do You Really Need Every Day? 

• Chances are, if you you’re overdoing it on the protein front. While the era of Paleo diets and healthified jerky all over the place has made us all much more aware of the P-word, the average female only needs 46 grams of protein a day, and for the average male that jumps to 56 grams. And many of us get nearly double that. [New York Times]

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Meet Big Sur, This Week’s Adoptable Running Dog

Meet Big Sur | Photo courtesy the Monster Milers

This week’s adoptable running pup is a mellow, well-mannered guy who’s currently nursing an ACL tear. But he’s on the mend, and the Monster Milers think, once he’s healed, he’ll be a great pal to explore the city with. And in the meantime, he’s a great cuddle buddy for Netflix marathons. Learn more about Big Sur below.

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How to Find Your Best Running Stride, According to Science

Finding your running stride can be kind of an awkward process — especially if it doesn’t feel natural. But it turns out you might not actually need to go through a bunch of trouble and awkward workouts find your best running stride after all. A recent study found that messing with your natural running form probably won’t improve your performance and will likely make running harder. Pass.

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5 Yoga Poses Runners Should Be Doing, According to a Philly Yoga Pro

Maybe you’re new to the whole hardcore running thing, or you’re just trying to take your running to the next level — either way, it’s likely that you’ve been looking up your game and improve your experience. Well that, my friends, is where Justine Bacon of Philly Yoga Factory comes in.

Bacon, a local yoga pro in Philly, is known for her yoga classes for runners and cyclists. Here, Bacon shares five need-to-know yoga poses, tweaked specifically for the needs of runners who want to improve their running, safely, without having to hit the studio. Read on for the five poses, when you should do them and how it will help your running.

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Meet Denali, This Week’s Adoptable Running Dog

Denali | Photo via the Monster Milers

This week’s adoptable dog, Denali, is a laid-back, super-soft cuddle buddy with a playful side. This pup’s a quick learner, and the Monster Milers think he could quickly become a great short-distance running partner. Learn more about him below.

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