Did you know the Metropolitan Area Neighborhood Nutrition Alliance (that’s MANNA for short) has a running club? They do—it’s called the MANNAmals (Ha!) Run Club—and their next run is this Thursday, July 24th.
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Sorry for what I’m about to do, you guys: This week’s playlist is two hours of songs that are pretty much guaranteed to get stuck in your head. The good news is, all the songs are awesome, which means having them stuck in your head, on repeat, isn’t totally a bad thing.
I got some outside input on this one, so the songs really span generations and genres: the Grease soundtrack’s “Summer Nights,” Boyz II Men’s “Motown Philly,” Stevie Wonder’s “Superstition” and, the pièce de résistance, Aaron Copeland’s “Rodeo.” (I thought I was pretty clever with that one.)
In preparation for the Rock ‘n’ Roll Half Marathon that’s coming up on September 20th, Balance gym has teamed up with Indigo Schuy to create the Rock Your Way to a 5K training program. There are four different training levels in the program, so whether you’re a newbie to the running trails or a more advanced runner focusing on speed, this program will help you to improve your running game in time for race day.
Those of you who attended last month’s Be Well Philly Boot Camp may have already stowed away this handy recipe, but for everyone else: Consider this your opportunity to stow.
At Boot Camp, I participated in an awesome running discussion with Black Girls Run! ambassador and 2013 Health Hero Leslie Marant and Unite Fitness nutrition director and VP Juliet Burgh. Juliet was kind enough to share her tried-and-true homemade GU recipe for a mid-race energy boost. The mix is meant to give you a nice, natural carb jolt, without all the unpronounceable stuff in a GU Energy Gel.
It occurred to me recently that such an awesome (and simple!) recipe deserves to live on the Internet for the enjoyment of all. And so I give you: Juliet’s Homemade GU Energy Packets.
Check it out.
How’s this for a fun contest? The Philly 10K is on the hunt for an awesome name for the beer that’s being brewed especially for the September 6th race, courtesy of Philadelphia Brewing Company. So they’re opening it up to you, and offering a bib (and a $50 gift card to Philadelphia Runner!) to the person with the best name idea.
Check it out:
Eeee! We’ve got some exciting news for you guys: We teamed up with The Monster Milers to bring you a new series that will make your Friday mornings just a little bit better. Each and every week, we’ll be featuring an adoptable pooch in a local shelter who would make an excellent running buddy. So if you’ve been searching for the perfect partner to hit the Schuylkill Trail with, who knows? You just might find ‘em here! And if not, at least you get to start your morning off with some oh-so-cute pup photos.
For our very first edition, we’ve got the adorable Pitbull Mix, Pumpkin. When she’s not out running the streets of Philly with The Monster Milers, you can find her hanging out at Street Tails Animal Rescue in Northern Liberties. Find out more about this wonderful pooch (and see some squeal-inducing photos), below.
Guys, I feel as if I’ve let you down. I realized yesterday that I have failed in my duty as Unofficial Official Philly-Area Race Announcer because I totally missed the fact that late last month, there was a naked trail run in the Poconos. I know. I’m really, really sorry.
But look at it this way: I’ve now given you nearly a year’s advance notice for the 2015 Bouncing Buns Clothing Optional 7K Trail Run, date TBD, at nudist vacation destination Sunny Rest Resort in Palmerton, PA. And yes, that is the race’s real name.
A quick heads up to any local runners out there who are fund-running (Get it? Fundraising/running?) for charity in an upcoming race: Run215 Facebook group founder Jon Lyons is creating a aggregation page for local runners to share their causes and for other people to support them by contributing.