Why This Philly Marathoner Only Ran the Half Marathon—And Is Proud of It

Writer Ellen Olstein after the Philadelphia Half Marathon

Writer Ellen Olstein after the Philadelphia Half Marathon

Mile 12—that’s when I felt it. The familiar pinch in my right hip that is eventually followed by the stinging pain of joint inflammation from overuse. It was a way to poke me—to get my attention—to tell me, “Move to the right, Ellen. You’re not ready for the left lane.”

So I did; I moved to the right, out of the left lane packed with a parade of full marathoners. While making this decision that felt like a combination of remarkable success and exhausting defeat, I jogged into the right lane with the others who registered for the half marathon while glancing to the left, watching my fellow runners, the ones who voluntarily trained and elected to run a distance of 26.2 miles, make their way down Kelly Drive, arms pumping and legs carrying them an additional 13.1 miles toward the finish line. Meanwhile, my unexpected and unplanned finish line sat only another 1.1 miles away.

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Be Well Philly Gift Guide: 5 Awesome Holiday Gifts for Runners

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If you’re on the hunt for the perfect holiday gift for the runner in your life, look no further. Here, five awesome and unique holiday gifts for runners, handpicked by Run215 founder Jon Lyons. From the best fanny pack on planet Earth (a marathon runner’s must-have) to drink coasters made from old race bibs (seriously!), he’s got you covered. Happy shopping, folks!

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Best Winter Running Gloves: 7 Philly Runners Share Their Favorites

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Finding the perfect pair of running gloves is like finding gold, but the search for a pair that lives up to your expectations—whether it’s gloves that keep your fingers warm, but not too warm, or gloves that you aren’t afraid to wipe your nose on mid-run, or gloves with removable fingertips—is exhausting! Not to fear runners: This year, we’ve done the searching for you. We asked seven seasoned Philly runners to dish on the which running gloves they can’t live without. Now, all you have to do is read their rave reviews and pick a pair. Happy shopping!

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iRunTheHill: New Facebook Group for Chestnut Hill Runners and Cyclists

Photo via iRunTheHill

Photo via iRunTheHill

We have to admit, you guys, that it tickles us pink every time we hear about a new way you all are connecting with one another to make Philly a healthier, happier place to live. First there was the Run215 Facebook group to provide Philly runners with a central hub for all things, well, Philly running. Now some folks out in Chestnut Hill are doing the same thing with a new Facebook group called iRuntheHill.

Founded by Indigo Schuy owner Schuyler Nunn and local runner/triathlete Amy Martine-Carolla, the group is free and open to join, and serves up content for anyone who loves to walk, run or bike in and around Chestnut Hill and Lafayette Hill.

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The Master Guide to the Philadelphia Marathon

Photo via Facebook

Photo via Facebook

If you’ve been following the blog this week, you’ve noticed that we devoted a lot of time to the Philadelphia Marathon. Why? Because this race is awesome, that’s why. And we know a lot of you will be running it this weekend, so we want you to be as prepared as possible.

To save you from having to scroll (and scroll and scroll) through the blog feed, I figured it’d be handy to compile all our coverage and tips in one easy place. Check out our posts below, and check back as we add more to this list today.

Good luck on Sunday! You’re going to crush it.

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Your Weekend Workout Playlist: Philadelphia Marathon Edition

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This week’s workout playlist, like much of our content this week, is all about the Philadelphia Marathon. As we all know, race playlists are seriously important stuff. A bad playlist can be the difference between hitting the PR you’ve been working toward and, well, not. So, to give you guys the best marathon playlist possible, we recruited a Philly runner who really knows his stuff: Jon Lyons of Run215, who will be running alongside you come Sunday. And boy, did he deliver.

Jon, with the help of some of his Run215 pals, put together the ultimate Philadephia Marathon playlist with a whopping six hours worth of music (SIX! HOURS!) to keep you moving toward the finish line. Let’s all scream a collective, “Thank you, Jon!” Check out the playlist below.

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