Our Midweek Gift to You: A Running Playlist You Don’t Have to Make Yourself

It’s been a good few months since we last posted one of our Be Well Philly playlists on the blog (Though, do note, we do still update our playlist each month! You can follow our updated workout playlist on Spotify here.), so I figured it was time we give you lovely a humans a ready-made playlist for your next run. Because Wednesdays are hard enough without having to make a running playlist of your own just so you can work out.

The theme of this workout playlist? Badass women.

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The Checkup: It Takes This Many Jumping Jacks to Burn Off Your Favorite Halloween Candy

• A little treat from your office’s Halloween bowl every now and then won’t kill you, but next time you’re contemplating your 17th trip of the hour to the Halloween bowl (hey, we all have those days), refer to this depressing chart outlining approximately how many jumping jacks it takes to burn off just one treat-sized portion of your favorite Halloween candy, from Butterfingers (that would be 567 jumping jacks) to Charleston Chews (only 200). [POPSUGAR Fitness]

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Kevin Hart Lands Cover of Runner’s World’s 50th Anniversary Issue

Photo credit: Art Streiber for Runner's World

Photo credit: Art Streiber for Runner’s World

One of our favorite Philadelphians, the oh-so-funny Kevin Hart, graces the cover of this November’s 50th anniversary issue of Runner’s World. Actually, he technically graces three covers: The magazine shot a three-page gatefold cover, with three cover shots representing different eras in running. Naturally, Hart brings the funny to all of them.

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This Fall 5K Ends With — Wait for It — Donut Burgers for All

The idea of a donut burger — that’s a hamburger sandwiched between two donuts instead of a burger bun — elicits one of two reactions: The scared-eyes emoji or the heart-eyes emoji. Or both. If you are in the heart-eyes emoji camp, you’re going to want to clear your schedule for November 5th. That’s when the DonutBurger 5K is going down.

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Marathon Training: 2 Tweaks to Make to Your Long Runs for a Better Race Day

The long run is a staple in all marathon and half-marathon training. It’s the one run that prepares you physically and mentally to tackle the race-day mileage. For most runners, the only goal is the distance. No plan of attack— just head out the door and run 16 miles. Having a plan, beyond only completing the run in one piece, can help you prepare better for the race.

Here are two tweaks you can make to the “just go out and run” approach to long runs that will leave you better prepared to tackle your upcoming marathon or half marathon.  Read more »

Meet Nia, This Week’s Adoptable Running Dog

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I went to the Beyoncé concert and stood in pouring rain for like four hours straight last night and now I’m pretty sure I have pneumonia (before you ask, it was totally worth it). My point: I could really use a cuddly buddy right now. If you too could use a cuddle buddy, meet Nia, this week’s adoptable running dog who happens to be a cuddling pro. You can more about her below.
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10 Coolest Fitness and Foodie Events in Philly This Month: October 2016

Wanderlust 108 Brooklyn 2015 | Photo via Wanderlust

Wanderlust 108 Brooklyn 2015 | Photo via Wanderlust

If you’ve been thinking, “How the heck am I going to spend my October?” you can stop thinking about that now — we’ve done all the planning for you. It wasn’t hard, either: This month is filled with awesome fitness events, and a good chunk of them won’t cost you a dime. All you’ve got to do is fill in your calendar!

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The Checkup: The Trick to Boost the Calorie-Burning Powers of Your Run

• If this week’s rainy forecast has you planning on squeezing in a treadmill run or two, take note of this 30-minute treadmill workout that’s designed to ramp up your run’s after-burn effects. And note: The workout can also be done outside — just make sure you pick a running spot where you won’t trample anyone when you’re sprinting all out. Sprinting, my friends, is the key. [Women’s Health]

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Why This Is the Absolute Best Day to Do Your Long Run, According to a Running Pro

The weekly long run, the most important single run of the week and probably the one run you think about most: What route will I take? Is the weather going to cooperate? How will I feel? Can I finish it?

For most, the long run is a Sunday morning ritual. It’s set in stone, like some unspoken rule. I mean why not run long on Sunday? It seems perfect: Sunday is the last day of the week and last day of the weekend; You can relax and get loose Friday night after a long workweek and recover by Sunday; Also, most training plans have the long run set on Sundays and odds are most of your running partners run long on Sundays.

These are all good reasons to run long on Sundays. But the thing about a Sunday run is, given most people have work on Monday, you must get it done on Sunday or skip it. And skipping a weekly long run can have a negative effect on your training — and skipping a few long runs will definitely have a detrimental effect.

But the nice thing is, this is super-easy to steer clear of. You can avoid setting yourself up to skip your long run by scheduling your long run on Saturdays instead of Sundays. Below, four very convincing reasons to move your long run to Saturdays. Read more »

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