Oh, Fridays. They are the best for a multitude of reasons (HEYYYYY, weekend), one of which is our adoptable running dog of the week. And man, is this week’s a gem. His name is Bowser, he’s eight months old, and the Monster Milers say he loves everyone he meets. Learn more about him below!
Listen up, Philly runners: Global Running Day is Wednesday, June 7th. Yep: That’s tomorrow! Here’s the lowdown on how to celebrate in Philly. Spoiler: Free water ice is involved.
Regardless of whether or not you get in on one of these group runs or just fit a solo run into your day, iRunTheHill’s Schuyler Nunn tells us RUN215 and iRunTheHill are asking you to don blue to bring the whole community of Philadelphia runners together. And if you post a pic of your run, be sure to hashtag #phillyrunstrong.
• If you’ve been known to shovel whatever is on your plate into your face in seconds, barely tasting what you were putting in your mouth, you’re not alone. But becoming just a little bit more mindful (I know, insert eye roll here — but hear us out!) as you eat can totally transform how you quickly you chow down, potentially impacting your portion sizes (heyyy, slimmer waistline). And if you don’t know what the heck “eating mindfully” even means, not to fear: This exercise will get the ball rollin’. [Washington Post]
The Monster Milers tell us this week’s adoptable running dog Elroy is ACCT’s (that’s Philly’s open-intake shelter) longest-term resident. Let’s change that, shall we, Philly runners? But first, learn more about him below.
• Womp, womp: In more bad news about spending our entire lives in chairs, turns out doing so can lead to — wait for it — dead butt syndrome, which essentially means your gluteus medius (one of your main booty muscles) stops firing correctly. Here, a physical therapist breaks down how to avoid being stricken with dead butt syndrome. [Health]
If I’d never learned the wonders of temptation bundling — pairing activities you wholeheartedly love, like listening to podcasts, with activities you wholeheartedly dislike but need to do, like, say, exercising — my house would legitimately look like a war zone, I would never (ever) meal-prep for the week, and I would rarely (if ever) run.
You see, after I go for a run, I feel great (hey, endorphins!), but unless I have someone to talk to or something I’m dying to listen to while plodding alongside Columbus Boulevard, I simply will not drag myself out from in front of Grey’s Anatomy to make a run happen. This is where temptation bundling comes in: I tell myself that if I go for a run, I can listen to a sweet, sweet podcast the entire time. And boom: I’m out the door. Podcasts are my ultimate secret workout weapon. And temptation bundling with podcasts works for plain ol’ exercising (and the aforementioned meal-prepping), too — in my case, at least.
Now, we’ve given you podcast suggestions for working out before, but we figured it was time for an update. Below, five podcasts I love to employ when I need a little extra incentive to strap on my sneakers. Hopefully they’ll work wonders for you, too!
There’s a sinkhole on the Schuylkill River Trail by the Chestnut Street Bridge that’s been fenced off for a good chunk of time now. This is annoying for a number of reasons, but mostly because it limits the trail available to runners, cyclists and walkers, causing congestion. And yesterday, a photo of a disgruntled trail user’s efforts to call out the claims that the hole is “under construction” and will be fixed, well, anytime soon, appeared on Reddit. It is impressively passive aggressive and also kind of hilarious.
This week’s adoptable dog is named after Ikea’s Swedish cinnamon rolls — so in case you hadn’t already figured it out, she’s pretty sweet. And bonus: She’s a good runner. (Just, like most of us, not so much in 90-degree weather). Learn more about her below!