How to Get a Free (Yes, Free!) Bib for the Sold-Out Philly 10K

The Philly 10K. | Photo by Matt Stanley

The Philly 10K. | Photo by Matt Stanley

Hey, Be Well Philly readers, we need your help! For our upcoming print issue of Be Well Philly, which you’ll be able to get your hands on come September, we’re polling Philly’s fitness community (that’s you!) to find out how you stay healthy and fit in this awesome city of ours. And to sweeten the pot, we’re teaming up with our friends at The Philly 10K to give away one bib for this year’s sold-out race. Yep: You could run the much-anticipated race just by filling out this poll. Read more »

Meet Autumn, This Week’s Adoptable Running Dog

Autumn smelling the flowers.

Autumn smelling the flowers.

I don’t really see any point in telling you more about Autumn, because I feel like you’ve probably already jumped out of your desk chair to go pick her up after seeing her stopping and smelling the flowers like the cutest creature on earth in the photo above. Am I right? Thought so. (But just in case, you can learn more about her below.) Read more »

The Philly 10K Pop-Up Runs to Put on Your Calendar Now

Pop-Up Training Run for the Philly 10K 2015 | Photo by Adjua Fisher

Pop-Up Training Run for the Philly 10K 2015 | Photo by Adjua Fisher

We’ve got some exciting news so go ahead and bust out your calendars, runners: We’re teaming up with our friends at The Philly 10K again this year to put on four training runs throughout the summer, conveniently designed to fit oh-so-nicely into your Official Training Plan for the Philly 10K, which we’ll be posting next week. And in true Be Well Philly and The Philly 10K fashion, there’s free beer involved.
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Be Well Workout of the Week: The 32-Minute Hilly Treadmill Challenge 

This workout will only take you 32 minutes (after you warm up, of course) and is even better to do with a partner. (Yay for buddy workouts!) Here’s how it’s going to work: You’re going to bounce back and forth between running hills on a treadmill (or on a steep outdoor hill, if you can find one!) and doing a set of exercises. So first, you’ll spend two minutes on the treadmill, sprinting up the hill — just crank the incline on the treadmill up as high as it will go — for 30 seconds. After 30 seconds, grab onto the treadmill and jump your feet to either side to rest for 30 seconds before you jump back on one more time for 30 seconds. And please, be careful! After that second hill, rest for another 30 seconds. Use this second recovery to get off the treadmill and get ready for the exercises.

Once you’re off the treadmill, you’ll get on a mat and do four exercises for 30 seconds each. The goal is to with this workout is to get through 32 minutes, so ideally, you’ll make it through the circuit eight times. And note: In order to get the most out of this workout, you’re going to want to set yourself up ahead of time so you can quickly and easily jump on and off the treadmill. If you’re doing this one with a buddy, have one person do the hills while the other person does the exercises for efficiency’s sake. Read more »

Meet Cinnamon Buns, This Week’s Adoptable Running Dog

This week’s adoptable running dog, Cinnamon Buns, hasn’t gotten much running in with the Monster Milers yet, but they think she’d make for a great shorter-distance running partner. And she will definitely make for a great life partner, seeing as she loves just about everyone and everything, especially humans. Learn more about her below. Read more »

Where to Get Your Hands on the Most Coveted Running Shirts in Philly

Where to buy Run215 shirts

Run215 shirts | Photo via Instagram

Up until recently, Jon Lyons of Run215 was packaging and shipping the oh-so-coveted Run215 shirts, which have inspired many a knockoff, that he was selling through his website to everyone who ordered them himself. It became a bit too much to handle — the man does have a job, after all — and he announced on Run215 that he would no longer be doing it, which seemed to mean no more Run215 shirts. Needless to say, runners who’d yet to snag their badge of honor that is a Run215 shirt shed a few tears. But there’s good news: Starting tomorrow, Philadelphia Runner will be slinging Lyons’s Run215 shirts at all of their locations. Runners, rejoice Read more »

The Checkup: 15 Foods to Help You Poop, Ranked From Best to Worst 

Poop is trending. Everyone does it, and everyone is talking about it, including us gals here at Be Well Philly — and apparently the editors over at New York magazine, too. They just published a very lengthy guide that dishes on just about everything you could ever need to know about poop, including this handy list of 15 foods that will help get things moving, ranging from best (the obvious: navy beans) to the worst (Chipotle during an E. Coli outbreak). [Science of Us] Read more »

5 Life Lessons We Can All Learn From Philly’s Awesome Running Community 

5 Lessons We Can All Learn From the Philadelphia Running Community

Broad Street Run 2016 | Photo by Adjua Fisher

Today is the day, people: Global Running Day! And while the day celebrates running all across, well, the globe (duh), I thought I’d take a minute to give some praise to the awesome beast that is the running community right here in our own city — and point out a few things we could all stand to learn from the folks who make up that community. Below, five life lessons to steal from the badass folks who pound our city’s pavement day after day, rain or shine, snow or sleet, blizzard (really!) or beach weather. Check them out below. Read more »

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