And so they did it. A group of crazy-awesome ultramarathoners (word has it, there were over 100 of them at the starting line) actually ran the 30+ mile course at the Rocky 50K Fat Ass Run on Saturday. If you didn’t make it out (or if you did, and you want to relive the fun), here’s what the day looked like on Instagram.
Phillymag.com contributor Jen A. Miller has a fascinating long read in e-magazine The Magazine this week. It’s all about the impact of higher-than-recommended doses of caffeine on endurance athletes—specifically, marathon runners—and how downing a lot of caffeine before and during a race can yield serious consequences for your heart health, including upping your chances for a heart attack.
Holy smokes, Saturday is going to be one busy day. In addition to the Rocky 50K Run and Shake Shack’s 40-mile bike ride, Center City’s Philadelphia Runner is organizing a toy drive and run to the Ronald McDonald House in West Philly.
Runners will meet at PR at 10 a.m. with unwrapped gifts in hand, then run 1.9 miles to the Ronald McDonald House at 40th and Chestnut, where they’ll drop off the toys. Then, they’ll around and head back to the store, where apple cider and doughnuts will be ready and waiting.
FREE, just bring an unwrapped gift, December 7th at 10 a.m., meet at Philadelphia Runner, 1601 Sansom Street, Philadelphia.
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Figuring out how to dress for outdoor workouts this time of year can be an annoying exercise in trial and error. You need layers that aren’t too heavy but aren’t too light, pieces that both insulate and ventilate, and fabrics that evaporate moisture without letting cold air in. Talk about a tall bill.
Instead of hibernating on my couch until spring (hmm, tempting … ), I’m retooling my winter- workout wardrobe with essential high-tech pieces that actually work like they’re supposed to. (Trust me, I tried them.) Go ahead and call me Goldilocks: This stuff is just right.
Lordy, does time fly. I can’t believe it was back in September when we first broke the news that someone had stepped up to the plate to organize a run based on the epic training montage in Rocky II, a 30.61-mile route first pieced together by Dan McQuade over on our news blog. Now that the Rocky 50K Fat Ass Run is just 11 days away, I figured it was time to check in with organizer Rebecca Schaefer to see how things are shaping up—and, you know, to find out if the thing is still happening.
In a word: Yes, it’s still on. Here’s what Rebecca had to say about all the logistics, how she’s been training, and what aspects of the fatass-style run (in her words: “no fees, no bibs, no medals, no refreshments, no BS”) are keeping her up at night.
I kid you not, I’m sitting here writing this blog post while I cram my face full of heaping spoonfuls of warm, spicy turkey-and-bean chili. Yes, I. Love. Chili.
If you love it, too, you’ll want to take note of this: a new race in our area called the Chili Run. It’s put on by local race-management company, Good Day for a Run, which also organizes the Run the Vineyards series (running + wine = AWESOME), so this is sure to be a great race. The Chili Run will happen on January 26th at Carolina Blue, a restaurant just over the bridge in Pitman, New Jersey, which happens to be the same starting point as the Totally Awesome 80s Run I completed last year—also a Good Day for a Run race. Are you sensing a theme here?