Meet Mustang, This Week’s Adoptable Running Dog 

Mustang | Photo courtesy the Monster Milers

Mustang | Photo courtesy the Monster Milers

This week’s adoptable running dog isn’t quite as fast as his name would suggest, but he would make a great running buddy for a runner who likes to keep a nice, slow pace. Bonus: He’s guaranteed to give you plenty of post-run cuddles when you get home. Learn more about him below!

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There’s Going to Be a Huge Citywide Post-Broad Street Running Party This Year

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Runners, listen up! This year, the Broad Street fun won’t be done once you hit the Navy Yard — Philadelphia Runner, the ODDyssey Half Marathon and Run215 just announced that they’ll be putting on the first annual post-Broad Street Citywide Shakeout run on the Thursday following the race (that would be May 11th). And it sounds like it’s going to be a freakin’ blast.

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Broad Street Run Training: Mental Strategies to Power Through a Race

5 Lessons We Can All Learn From the Philadelphia Running Community

A very rainy Broad Street Run in 2016 | Photo by Adjua Fisher

No matter how many miles you log preparing, there’s no escaping that point in the race when your breathing becomes more difficult, your legs feel heavier, and your ability to keep pace feels, well, completely out of reach. Slowing down seems inevitable — but it doesn’t have to be. What you choose to do in this moment is completely within your control.

For most, the goal of training is to develop the cardiovascular and muscular systems in preparation for the physical demands of running. However, runners are much more than lungs, heart and muscles. There’s another system, with perhaps a bigger role, signaling your lungs to contract, your heart to beat and your legs to move: your brain.

Racing at your absolute physical limit involves a lot of mental perseverance, the ability to disregard pain, discomfort and negative thoughts. Below are mental strategies to employ to get through those tough times.

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Meet Jeep, This Week’s Adoptable Running Dog 

Photo courtesy the Monster Milers

Photo courtesy the Monster Milers

Doesn’t Jeep sound like it could be the name of a character on a season of the Real World that aired in the 90s? It definitely does. But that’s not important — what is important is that Jeep is also the name of this week’s adoptable running dog, a sweet three-year-old Lab who would love to tackle trails with you (and maybe take a dip or two in a few trailside creeks). Learn more about him below!

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The Hilarious Way to Win a Free Broad Street Bib Today

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

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

You know what’s better than a regular ol’ Friday? A Friday with the opportunity to win a free bib for the Broad Street Run. And that Friday is today, my friends. Today, Run215, in collaboration with Modell’s, is giving away 10 bibs to the May 7th race. But do know: Throwing your name in the bucket does require you to act prettttty embarrassing for about 15 seconds — and record it.

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Philly Has Set Open Streets Every Weekend (So, Why Aren’t You More Excited?)

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MLK Drive

Nearly a year ago, we were all jumping up and down with joy at the announcement that we would be getting our very first official open streets event, prompted by the intoxicating freedom of being able to roam throughout the city streets, zero cars in our way, during the Pope’s 2015 visit. But the thing is, Philly has (and has had for a long time) a set seasonal open streets event of sorts that gives cyclists, runners and walkers the opportunity to peddle, pound the pavement, and stroll the streets in a car-free space every single weekend.

When we’ll get our next Philly Free Streets event has yet to be announced, but weekends of seasonal car-free streets just started back up again this month. Soooooo, why aren’t we all shouting about it from the rooftops?

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What You Should (And Shouldn’t!) Eat Before Long Runs, According to a Philly Dietitian

My mother makes the best lasagna. (I know you think your mom does, but I’m here to tell you that this stuff is heaven in a Pyrex pan.) A few summers ago, I visited home while training for the Philly Marathon. Mom felt particularly adventurous one afternoon and decided to whip up a double-ricotta version of her lasagna. I had a post-dinner training run planned, but hey – how much harm can an ooey-gooey plate of pre-run pasta actually cause?

Answer: Somewhere out there is a porta potty that hasn’t been the same since 2014.

My parents’ house sits atop a steep hill, so the first mile or so was business as usual. However, the second my sneakers hit level ground, all the saucy business inside my gut began to bubble, toil, and create allll kinds of trouble. I had to pull the plug at mile three, and the walk home was (literally) an uphill battle.

I consider it my duty to save other stomachs from this now-proven recipe for disaster. Fortunately, Philly-based registered dietitian and sports nutritionist Jenna Stranzl feels the same way. Read on for her breakdown of the best and worst foods to feast on in the hours leading up to your next long run.

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Broad Street Run Training: The One Skill to Practice Now for a Stronger Race Day

If I asked you to run six miles, making each mile slightly faster than the previous, could you do it? The truth is, most runners would struggle with this task, failing within the first two or three miles. If you are one of those runners who finds your first few miles or reps are always your fastest, I suggest you think about changing that. Don’t worry: I’ll show you how.

One of the most important skills a runner can have is the ability to “run by feel.” Running by feel is the ability to inwardly and accurately assess pace in relation to effort. While running by feel is a lot easier said than done and takes years to truly master, there is something you can do during each run to get better at it: Learn how to get faster throughout your runs.

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