Change of Scenery: Run the River Wards This Weekend 

Philly Distance Runners | Photo via Facebook

Philly Distance Runners | Photo via Facebook

This weekend, the Philly Distance Runners (they were the ones behind that sweet Philly Jawn run last month) are putting on a 12-mile run through the River Wards section of the city, taking runners from Franklin Square up through Fishtown, Port Richmond and Bridesburg. How’s that for a change of scenery from your weekend long run along Kelly Drive?
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The Checkup: The Reason Your Legs Itch When You Run

• I have two friends who swear they get hives every time they run. When they told me, I pretty much thought they were crazy — but now I’m changing my tune. Turns out, runner’s leg itch is apparently pretty common, especially when you’re getting back into the swing of fitness after some time off. Here’s why it happens, and how to push through. [Women’s RunningRead more »

6 Spring 5Ks Guaranteed to Win Over Even the Biggest Running Haters

Hot Chocolate 5K | Photo via Facebook

Hot Chocolate 5K | Photo via Facebook

With spring weather comes spring races, which means people will soon start blowing up your Instagram feed with sweaty selfies captioned with inspirational quotes. But if you’re like me, getting sweaty and getting likes isn’t enough reason to get up early on a Saturday. What will do the trick? Food. Or Drinks. Or basically anything besides just running. So here, six spring 5Ks that offer resistant runners more than just a few blisters and a sense of accomplishment.
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Update: The Latest Community Effort to Make the Schuylkill River Trail Safer

Schuylkill Banks Boardwalk | Photo by M. Edlow for Visit Philadelphia™

Schuylkill Banks Boardwalk | Photo by M. Edlow for Visit Philadelphia™

Back in December, after stories of cyclists and runners being harassed by teenagers on the Schuylkill River Trail began to circulate, Jon Lyons, founder of Run215 and a stakeholder on the Schuylkill River Trail Steering Committee, wrote a piece for us breaking down how, exactly, the committee, with the help of Councilman Kenyatta Johnson and the city, was working to make the SRT safer.

The efforts he talked about then included increased patrol, repairs to lighting along the trail, and the improvement of mile markers and trail signage, among other pushes to make sure people feel safe using the trail. Now, after three new incidents of people being harassed on the trail were reported this week, the steering committee, along with Johnson, has added another effort, this one community-based, to the mix in order to make the trail safer for all users: Meet the Schuylkill River Trail Community Watch, a volunteer program consisting of trained members of the community who will be tasked with patrolling the trail and promoting a positive, safe environment for all users. Read more »

Registration for Sly Fox Brewery’s 5K Opens Today

Sly Fox Brewing Company Fox Trot 5K

Sly Fox Brewing Company Fox Trot 5K

Registration for the third annual Sly Fox Brewing Company Fox Trot 5K, coming our way Saturday, May 21st, opened at 10 a.m. this morning. And if you’re into the idea of playing life-size beer pong while chowing down on food truck grub and drinking craft beer — oh, and running, of course — you’ll probably want to snag your spot soon; the race expects a speedy sell-out. Read more »

3.2.1 Challenge: Registration Open for Yoga Class/Obstacle Course/Vineyard Race (With Wine Tasting!)

Run the Vineyards | Photo courtesy Good Day for a Run

Run the Vineyards | Photo courtesy Good Day for a Run

The always popular Run the Vineyards 3.2.1 Challenge is back this year, with two dates for your choosing. The event, which combines a yoga class, obstacle course, two-mile run and wine tasting, will happen twice, on Saturday, July 16th and Sunday, July 17th.  Read more »

Run Through Philly Parks to Yards Brewing Company This Sunday

Rittenhouse Square | Photo by Flickr user Peter Miller

Rittenhouse Square | Photo by Flickr user Peter Miller

This Sunday, the Fairmount Park Conservancy is teaming up with Yards Brewing Company for a free five-mile run that sounds just lovely: The run will meet at 11:15 a.m. at Franklin Square at 6th and Race streets and will take runners through four of William Penn’s original parks, Franklin Square, Washington Square, Rittenhouse Square and Logan Circle.

I repeat: Lovely, right? Read more »

How Far Did Adonis Run in Creed?

Creed - Adonis creed running

Scene from Creed via the first trailer

I wrote an article in 2013 titled, “How Far Did Rocky Go in His Training Run in ‘Rocky II’?” Connecting the various scenes of Rocky Balboa’s long training run in Rocky II, the route I drew had the Italian Stallion going nearly 30.61 miles in that one montage.

A lot of people read it! It was aggregated across the Internet. Rebecca Barber turned it into a real thing with the Rocky 50K Fat Ass Run, now in its third year. I even wrote a spinoff, based on the ambulance route at the start of the film, last year.

Creed — where Rocky trains Apollo Creed’s son, Adonis, for his first big fight — came out in November. It was pretty great: Director Ryan Coogler did a fantastic job inserting a new character into the Rocky franchise, Michael B. Jordan was a solid lead and Sylvester Stallone actually turned in the best acting performance of his career. There was also a little bit of running in it.

As such, I figured this article deserved a sequel: How far did Adonis run in Creed? Read more »

Yes, Please: How to Get Free Sweetgreen Tonight

Sweetgreen's seasonal Bento Bowl | Photo via Instagram

Sweetgreen’s seasonal Bento Bowl | Photo via Instagram

Listen up, ladies: If you’re already thinking about the sad, leftover enchiladas you’re going to microwave for dinner tonight, stop. Just stop. Why? Because tonight, City Fit Girls is hosting a three-mile run to Sweetgreen’s University City location (3925 Walnut Street), rain or shine, and everyone who pounds the pavement gets to end their run with — wait for it — a free salad at Sweetgreen. (If Oprah is currently in your head screaming “You get a salad! And YOU get a salad!” I’m right there with you.) Read more »

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