Philadelphia Marathon Training: The One Skill You Absolutely Need to Run a Successful Race

Nearly every long-distance running record, from the 1500-meter record to the marathon record, has been set by running negative splits, which is running the second half of the race faster than the first. But you can’t do this without knowing how to pace yourself. Pacing is the single most important skill in running and is absolutely crucial for a successful marathon. It also happens to be one of the more difficult skills to master.

In today’s world of GPS watches, treadmills and headphones, it’s easy for our internal sense of pacing to become clouded. These external distractions become background noise, affecting our senses and our ability to truly assess our pace. But here’s the good news: Pacing is a skill and, like most, it can be learned with practice and patience. Below, how to perfect your pacing skills. Read more »

Surprise, Runners: #RuntoWorkPHL Is This Friday!

We know you guys have been patiently awaiting news of when #RuntoWorkPHL, AKA Run to Work Day Philly, AKA the best commute of the year, is going to go down, and we have answers: the annual #RuntoWorkPHL, which we started in collaboration with Run215 and Philadelphia Runner four years ago (man, time fliiiiies), is going down this Friday, September 22nd. Your instructions are simple: Run — yes, as in lace up your sneakers and run — to work.

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Be Well Workout of the Week: The Ultimate Workout for Philly Trail Lovers

There are SO many great trails to run in and around Philly. Let’s take advantage of them! This week, grab a buddy and pick a trail you’ve been dying to try out. And if you’re dreading the idea of a long run, not to worry: This workout works in a whole lot more than just running. You’ll incorporate strength exercises, jogging and sprinting as you take in the scenery of your newfound stomping grounds.

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Eagles Announce New Running and Cycling Challenge to Raise Funds for Autism Research

Eagles owner Jeffrey LurieMayor Jim Kenney and representatives from Children’s Hospital of PhiladelphiaDrexel University and Thomas Jefferson University/Jefferson Health stood together on a stage atop the grass of Lincoln Financial Field on Friday to announce a new annual charitable event dedicated to raising funds to advance research and support for Autism Spectrum Disorder – with a lofty goal, too.

The Eagles Autism Challenge features a family-friendly 5K run/walk as well as cycling routes of 15, 30 and 50 miles that will take riders through the city and its suburbs. The running course will shuttle participants through South Philly before ending back at Lincoln Financial Field, which will serve as the finish line for all runners and bikers. Don’t drink too much at the Friday Kick-Off Party the night before the big event, which will be held on May 19, 2018. You can already sign up or just donate here.

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Hey, Runners! There’s a Giant Citywide Beer Run Happening Next Week

The finish line, Yards Brewing Company | Photo via Facebook

Attention, Philly runners! Next Thursday, September 14th, there’s a special event just for YOU: the All City Summer Beer Run, which, as the name suggests, is a night of running, beer drinking and celebrating. Runners from nearly 18 local running clubs, plus solo runners, will be gathering all over the city for group runs to Yards Brewery, where the real party starts. The real party being a celebration of running and the end of summer with the perfect post-workout drink (beer, duh).

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Workout Playlist: The Philly 10K Edition

Guys, where the heck has summer gone? The end-of-summer race the Philly 10K is THIS Sunday, August 27th. (We repeat: WHERE did summer go?) And to keep you moving through those 6.2 miles to your finish-line beer, our lovely runner friend Rebecca Barber (yes, as in the ultramarathoner behind the Rocky 50K) has created a race-day playlist for all of you. She’ll be running alongside you all, so make sure to give her a nod of appreciation if you see her on the course.

Now, check it out below, then cross “Make race playlist” off of your to-do list. Good luck, runners!

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This Drone Footage of the Rail Park Will Fuel Your City-Running Daydreams

I can’t resist going to the High Line every time I visit New York. And every single time, I am reminded that, while it’s a lovely idea in theory, in reality, it’s a bad idea: It’s kind of like going to Reading Terminal at lunchtime. It’s packed with people, both city dwellers and tourists, all moving at a glacial pace in a confined space. Not pleasant.

I’m hoping that Philly’s Rail Park, a three-mile elevated park currently under construction for its first phase — a short and sweet .25-mile stretch starting in Callowhill — will be … different. And given that we aren’t New York, I’m sure it will be. As the website for the park, the first phase of which is expected to open in early 2018, states, “The Rail Park is a vision for a greenway that will serve pedestrians, bicyclists, neighbors and visitors alike.” So, unlike the High Line, they’re anticipating people embracing the elevated park with modes of transportation beyond just moseying along.

Personally, what I’m most excited about when it comes to the Rail Park is the green escape it will give city runners. Because those grey sidewalks can get old real quick. Earlier this week, the folks over at Curbed Philly pointed out drone footage from Philly by Drone, shot on August 1st — set to some very soothing Anthony Hamilton music — of the currently under construction Rail Park, and let me tell you: It is two minutes and 32 seconds chock full of the stuff city running and cycling daydreams are made of. So watch it below, then imagine yourself plodding or pedaling along the elevated parks eventual paths. (We won’t tell your boss if you escape reality for a few minutes.)

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The Most Common (and Annoying) Running Injuries, According to a Philly Trainer

If you love running, you know it can be a great way to burn calories, release feel-good endorphins, and get rid of some stress. There are few modes of exercise that truly allow you to zone out and let your mind wander like running does. Unfortunately, running can also come with nagging injuries that can keep you sidelined and unable to perform your normal workouts and activities. There are several measures runners can take to prevent injury, however, no one is immune to injury when it comes to running. Let’s look at the most common (and annoying) running injuries and how to prevent or remedy them.

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The Epic Reason Philly Runners Will Be Gathering at City Hall This Saturday

It’s a big weekend for Philly runners, folks! There’s the Philly Mayor’s Cup going down throughout the day on Saturday, and then on Saturday afternoon, 15 ladies from Run 4 All Women’s Pennsylvania chapter will be embarking on their epic 115-mile run from Philly’s City Hall all the way to freakin’ Harrisburg. Yep: Harrisburg. Below, how you can join them. (Don’t worry: You don’t have to run the entire thing — the first leg is only four miles.)

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